Analytical chemistry involves the qualitative and quantitative determination of the chemical components of substances.
Examples of areas using analytical chemistry include:
- Forensic chemistry — the application of chemical principles, techniques, and methods to the investigation of crime.
- Environmental chemistry —the study of the chemical and biochemical phenomena that occur in the environment.It relies heavily on analytical chemistry and includes atmospheric, aquatic, and soil chemistry.
- Bioanalytical Chemistry — the examination of biological materials such as blood, urine, hair, saliva, and sweat to detect the presence of specific drugs.