|Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, a world leader in the analytical instruments industry, will establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington through an in-kind gift valued at nearly $3 million.
The new center, located in UT Arlington's Chemistry and Physics Building, will be a home for scientific exploration and will contain $6 million worth of state-of-the-art chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy equipment.
It is one of the largest gifts ever to the UT Arlington College of Science. A grand opening to recognize Shimadzu officials is scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday, April 9, in Rooms 119/120 of the Chemistry and Physics Building at 700 Planetarium Place.
"We are honored that a company with the worldwide reach of Shimadzu has chosen to invest in UT Arlington's research program," UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said. "This equipment will provide opportunities for faculty and students in a laboratory that is truly on the cutting edge of analytical possibilities."
The instruments will be used for research into preventions and treatments for illnesses such as cancer and malaria as well as in the development of nanofabrication materials for industry.
"Shimadzu's gift creates a resource accessible to North Texas researchers whether they are university-based or in private enterprise," said Pamela Jansma, dean of the College of Science. "It's an outstanding example of the benefit of having a growing research institution nearby."
The central location of the Shimadzu Center will allow researchers in the UT Arlington College of Science and the College of Engineering to access the enhanced capabilities for trace qualitative and quantitative analysis, said Kevin Schug, UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. The facility also will be available for use by area businesses on a contract basis.
In concert with the opening of the Center, Schug has been named the University's new Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. He will oversee the laboratory.
"UT Arlington has a dynamic science program focused on the future, and Shimadzu is pleased and eager to support such a research institution," said Shuzo Maruyama, president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. "Kevin Schug is one of the leading young scientists in the country, and it will be a pleasure to work with him and the entire team at UT Arlington on future projects."