About our Analytical Chemistry

The chemistry research group at IALR specializes in providing analytical methodology development and chemical testing services to help speed decision making processes, quantify the efficacy of products under development, and provide access to state-of-the-art equipment to catalyze regional economic development. IALR works to develop analytical methods for analyzing small molecules as well as natural health and nutraceutical products.

IALR’s cutting-edge facility and instruments, coupled with its research team, is capable of serving the regional agricultural, biotech, chemical, pharmaceutical and natural product industries with a vast array of analytical testing services. Services include Quality Control (QC) testing and QC release, stability studies, method development, and optimization and validation.

Meet Our Team

Chemistry

Yimeng “Jack” He

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Meet The Team

Current Projects Include: 

  • Analyzing chemical and biological samples from various industries using UPLCMSMS and GCMS
  • Developing purification and isolation methods for natural products
  • Extracting molecules produced by endophytes
  • Collaborating with university partners
  • Supporting industries throughout the region
"“The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has proven to be invaluable to the Town of Altavista by helping to bring about a possible closure to the problem of PCB contamination in our communities’ waste water treatment pond. They are truly an asset to our region.”"
Mike Mattox / Mayor of Altavista
"“The word “opportunity” epitomizes the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research. IALR is a place where students, faculty, researchers, and entrepreneurs are actively working together to reach their full potential. IALR provides the ecosystem where discovery, innovation and commercialization is nurtured and celebrated. The leadership of IALR are invested in…"
Dr. Guru Ghosh / Virginia Tech
"I am beyond amazed with the staff and impressed with the technology the research facility has to offer."
Emily Barbour / PHCC
"This is a worldwide problem. If this project is successful, it would not only benefit the town of Altavista but many other localities as well. It also represents IALR's commitment to the health and prosperity of the region."
Scott Lowman, Ph.D. / Scientist, The Institute
"To support our RemRX™ Environmental Solutions’ needs, we have been working with the IALR. IALR’s excellent facilities, equipment, and people are extremely easy to work with extending our value proposition to our current and future customers."
Charles Gause / AxNano & Triad Growth Partners
"The fruit that came out was beautiful and so we’re very interested in this. We do have a lot of customers asking for pesticide-free fruit. This may be a practice we can adopt and do well with."
Bennett Saunders / Saunders Brothers Farm
"IALR is excited to partner with the Tobacco Commission. This grant will allow IALR to solidify its commitment to improve agricultural production in our area."
Mark Gignac / IALR
"AxNano has been working with the Institute since April 2017 on a National Science Foundation-funded program to evaluate the efficacy of AxNano’s groundwater remediation technologies. Yimeng He performed advanced analytical chemistry work, analyzing samples and processing data that was critical to the success of our program. Yimeng was very professional,…"
Dr. Alexis Wells Carpenter / AxNano
"When Tyton needs additional assistance with analytical work across our many areas of tech development, we turn to Yimeng He at the Institute. Our team at Tyton has been impressed with the quality of the work and reports and we will continue to rely on his capabilities as we expand…"
Conor Hartman / Tyton BioSciences
"With the information gained from the technology offered by the Institute, it will improve our yields, improve our profit, and make it worthwhile we are staying on the farm."
Jesse Williams / Homeplace Vineyard

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