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Chemistry Instrumentation Center

The Chemistry Instrumentation Center provides state-of- the-art instrumentation for chemical analysis with the goal of facilitating research and education campus-wide. As a public service these facilities are also available to the community, including local colleges as well as the industrial sector.  Staff includes two Ph.D. chemical instrumentation specialists who are available to provide expertise for experimental design and data interpretation. There are also graduate assistants who help in maintaining the equipment and assisting users with instrument operation.

Contact information:

Dr. Valerie Frerichs
Director, Chemistry Instrumentation Center

Dr. Dinesh Sukumaran
Director, Magnetic Resonance Center
Tel: (716) 645-4119
Fax: (716) 645-6963

Mailing address:

Department of Chemistry
Instrument Center
310 Natural Sciences Complex
University at Buffalo
Buffalo, NY 14260-3000


The Chemistry Instrumentation Center provides researchers access to advanced methods for chemical characterization, structural verification, and quantitation of individual components. Some of the applications done routinely 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

Chemistry Instrumentation Facilities

Chromatography and mass spectrometry facility

Mass Spectrometry Facility

Spectrophotometry Facility

Thermal Analysis Facility

X-ray Structural Analysis Facility