The Chemistry Instrumentation Center was founded in 1986 in the Department of Chemistry with the goal of facilitating both research and education at UB. The Center provides state-of- the-art instrumentation for chemical analysis for researchers campus-wide. As a public service these facilities are also available to the community. This includes local colleges as well as the industrial sector. The facilities provide a variety of advanced methods for chemical and physical characterization, determination or verification of molecular structure and quantitation of individual components in complex mixtures.
Staff includes two Ph.D. chemical instrumentation specialists who are available to provide expertise for experimental design and data interpretation. The staff's expertise with multiple techniques is often crucial in solving a variety of research problems. There are also four graduate assistants who help in maintaining the equipment and act as instrument operators to provide spectra for clients.
The Chemistry Instrumentation Center provides researchers access to advanced methods for chemical characterization, structural verification, and quantitation of individual components. Some of the applications routinely done include the following:
- Molecular weight determination
- Elemental composition
- Functional group analysis
- Crystal structure
- Thermal properties
- Mixture analysis: identification of minor impurities, isomers and by-products
- Identification of contaminants or unknowns
- Reaction optimization and control
- Analysis of small particles, fibers or thin layers
- Custom analysis for unique problems