The Department of Chemistry


Frank V. Bright

Frank BrightSUNY Distinguished Professor
UB Distinguished Professor

Henry M. Woodburn Chair
Office: 511 Natural Sciences Complex
Phone: (716) 645-4180
Fax: (716) 645-6963
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  • B.S., University of Redlands (1982)
  • Ph.D., Oklahoma State University (1985)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University (1985-87)
  • Visiting Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Tech (1994-95)

Awards & Honors:

  • 3M, Inc. Non-tenured Faculty Award (1988-91)
  • UB, SUNY Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Award for Excellence in Teaching (1998)
  • Eastern New York Section of the American Chemical Society Buck-Whitney Medal (1999)
  • SUNY Chancellors' Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000)
  • SUNY Outstanding Inventors Award (2002)
  • New York Section of the Society for Applied Spectroscopy Gold Medal (2003)
  • American Chemical Society Akron Section Award (2003)
  • Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association, Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier, "2003 Inventor of the Year, Life Sciences" (2004)
  • A. Benedetti-Pichler Award in Microchemistry from the American Microchemical Society (Nov. 2005)
  • Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, WNY Section, ACS (2006)
  • "Most Promising Technology" Smart Start Venture Forum, UNYTECH, Universities of Upstate New York Venture Forum (2007)
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award (2008)
  • Visionary Innovator (2x) ( 2008)
  • Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association, Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier, “2007 Inventor of the Year, Physical Sciences” (2008)
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor (2008)
  • Society for Applied Spectroscopy Fellow (2010)
  • Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association, Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier, “2009 Inventor of the Year, Life Sciences” (2010)
  • Elected, International Society for Contact Lens Research (2011)
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (2014)


The primary theme linking all our research work is that significant improvements in analytical methods and materials will derive from a deeper understanding of the key molecular-level events and processes that are involved.

Research Summary:

Our program has active research efforts in the following areas:

  • Chemical sensors and sensor arrays for selective small molecule and protein determination.
  • Advanced anti-fouling/fouling release coatings for fresh water and marine applications.
  • Dynamics within membrane-based separation platforms under aggressive conditions for H2 purification applications.
  • Biodegradable platforms for delivering active protein drugs to accelerate wound closure and minimize aberrant repair.

In each area we aim to establish a detailed molecular-level view to guide new device and material developments.


Selected Recent Publications:

  1. R.E. Deuro, J.P. Richardson, J.M. Reynard, C.A. Caras and F.V. Bright, “Part Per Million Water in Gaseous Analyte Streams Dramatically Accelerates Porous Silicon Oxidation,” J. Phys. Chem. C. 2012 116, 23168-23174.
  2. F.V. Bright, M.M. Merchea, N.D. Kraut, E.P. Maziarz, X.M. Liu and A.K. Awasthi, “A Preservative-and-Fluorescein Interaction Model for Benign Multipurpose Solution-Associated Transient Corneal Hyperfluorescence,” Cornea 2012, 31, 1480-1488.
  3. Z. Zhan, B. Zhou, Z. Fu, F.V. Bright, A.N. Cartwright and A.H. Titus, “Filterless Optical Oxygen Sensor Based on a CMOS Buried Double Junction Photodiode,” Sens. Actu : Chem. B 2013, 176, 729-735.
  4. J.C. Vinci, I.M. Ferrer, S.J. Seedhouse, A.K. Boudon, J.M. Reynard, B.A. Foster, F.V. Bright and L.A. Colón, “Unique Properties of Carbon Dots Revealed After HPLC Fractionation,” J. Phys. Chem. Lett. 2013, 4, 239-243.
  5. C.A. Caras, J.M. Reynard and F.V. Bright, “An In-depth Study Linking the Infrared Spectroscopy and Photoluminescence of Porous Silicon during Ambient Hydrogen Peroxide Oxidation,” Appl. Spectrosc. 2013, 67, 570-577.
  6. M.R. Detty, R, Ciriminna, F.V. Bright and M. Pagliaro, “Environmentally Benign Sol-Gel Antifouling and Foul Releasing Coatings,” Acc. Chem. Res. 2014, 47, 678-687.
  7. R. Fenyves, M. Schmutz, I.J. Horner, F.V. Bright and J. Rzayev, “Aqueous Self-Assembly of Giant Bottlebrush Block Copolymer Surfactants as Shape-Tunable Building Blocks,” J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2014, 136, 7762-7770.
  8. E.-R.E.  Mojica, E. Nguyen, M. Rozov and F.V. Bright, “pH-Dependent Spectroscopy of Tetracycline and Its Analogs,” J. Fluor. 2014, 24, 1183-1198.
  9. H. Huang, G. Chen, J.M. Reynard, T.Y. Ohulchanskyy, P.N. Prasad, F.V. Bright and J.F. Lovell, “Pd-Porphyrin-Crosslinked Phosphorescent Hydrogels for Oxygen Sensing,” Adv. Healthcare Mater. 2014, 3, 891-896.
  10. R.E. Deuro, K.M. Leiker, Y. Wang, N.J. Deuro, T.M. Milillo and F.V. Bright, “Rapid, Nondestructive Denim Fiber Bundle Characterization Using Luminescence Hyperspectral Image Analysis,” Appl. Spectrosc. 2014 in press.






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