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Sarah Rutan


B.S., Bates College, Lewiston, ME, 1980
M.S., Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1983
Ph.D., Washington State University, Pullman, WA, 1984

 Honors and Awards

VCU, College of Humanities and Sciences, Distinguished Scholar Award, 2005

VCU, College of Humanities and Sciences, Distinguished Service Award, 2000

Research Interests

Our research centers on the development of data analysis strategies to enhance the information recovered from chromatographic analyses. A particular research emphasis is based on comprehensive two-dimensional liquid chromatography (2D-LC), where the eluent from a first dimension separation is comprehensively analyzed on a separate, orthogonal separation system.  In particular, we are interested in 2D-LC separations where the second separation is carried out in real time in less than a minute.  Issues such as retention time irreproducibility, background and baseline contributions and peak overlap are addressed in our lab with the use of chemometric methods. The software developments in our laboratory are targeted at improving the outcomes from metabolomics experiments.

 Selected publications

Bailey, H. P., Rutan, S. C., “Comparison of Chemometric Methods for the Screening of Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatographic Analysis of Wine”, Anal. Chim. Acta, 2013, 770, 18-28.

Allen, R. C., Rutan, S. C., “Semi-Automated Alignment and Quantification of Peaks Using Parallel Factor Analysis for Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography-Diode Array Detector Data Sets”, Anal. Chim. Acta, 2012, 723, 7-17.

Allen, R. C., John, M. G., Rutan, S. C., Filgueira, M. R., Carr, P. W., “Effect of Background Correction on Peak Detection and Quantification in Online Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Liquid Chromatography Using Diode Array Detection”, J. Chromatogr. A, 2012, 1254, 51-61.

Bailey, H. P., Rutan, S. C., Stoll, D. R., “Chemometric Analysis of Targeted 3DLC-DAD for Accurate and Precise Quantification of Phenytoin in Waste Water Samples”, J. Sep. Sci., 2012, 35, 1837-1843.

Tistaert, C., Bailey, H. P., Allen, R. C., Vander Heyden, Y., Rutan, S. C., “Resolution of Spectrally Rank Deficient Multivariate Curve Resolution – Alternating Least Squares Components in LC´LC-DAD Analysis”, J. Chemom., 2012, 26, 474-486.

Rutan, S. C., Davis, J. M., Carr, P. W., “Fractional Coverage Metrics Based on Ecological Home Range for Calculation of the Effective Peak Capacity in Comprehensive Two-Dimensional Chromatography”, J. Chromatogr. A, 2012, 1255, 267-276.

 Books, Book Chapters 

Carr, P. W. , Davis, J. M., Rutan, S. C. “Principles of On-line Comprehensive Multi-dimensional Liquid Chromatography”, in Advances in Chromatography, Vol. 50, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2012, Chap. 4, pp. 139-235.