Shimadzu agreement boosts research
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and UT Arlington are partnering on a $25.2 million endeavor aimed at transforming research capabilities throughout the UT System and Texas.
The UT System Board of Regents has allocated $7.5 million from the Permanent University Fund toward formation of the Institute for Research Technologies at UT Arlington. The institute will comprise the existing Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, the new Center for Imaging, and the new Center for Environmental, Forensic, and Material Analysis.
An in-kind gift from Shimadzu last spring enabled the University to establish the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry. The center includes state-of-the-art chromatography, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy equipment valued at more than $6 million. The Institute for Research Technologies will be made possible by an additional $18.5 million equipment purchase from Shimadzu.
“Shimadzu sees in UT Arlington an exciting energy, great vision, and the potential to transform scientific research and education,” says Shuzo Maruyama, president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments in Columbia, Md.
The institute will offer students and faculty access to state-of-the-art Shimadzu equipment and software, some of which will be available in North America exclusively at UT Arlington.
The Center for Imaging will strengthen the University’s Genomic Core Facility by adding neurobiological and high-speed imaging systems and tomography platforms. It also will contain a cutting-edge brain-imaging device currently used only in Japan.
Researchers expect the Center for Environmental, Forensic, and Material Analysis to give scientists the ability to analyze particles from the nano scale to the macro scale.