|[April 09, 2012]
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments and The University of Texas at Arlington Form Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry
COLUMBIA, Md. --(Business Wire)--
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments announces today the grand opening of the
Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at The University of
Texas at Arlington. Located in the university's Chemistry & Physics
Building, the center contains $6 million of chromatography, mass
spectrometry and spectroscopy equipment, which is the largest
installation of Shimadzu analytical instrumentation in the Western
"We are honored that a company with the worldwide reach of Shimadzu has
chosen to invest in UT Arlington's research program," said James D.
Spaniolo, president of UT Arlington. "This equipment will provide
opportunities for faculty and for students in a laboratory that is truly
on the cutting edge of analytical possibilities."
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. Shimadzu's
instruments will be used in the research of preventions and treatments
for illnesses such as cancer and malaria, as well as in the development
of nanofabrication materials for industry.
In concert with the opening of the Center, Kevin Schug has been named
the Shimadzu Distinguished Profesor of Analytical Chemistry. Schug is
an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UT Arlington and
will oversee the new 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 at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. "In
addition, 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."
Examples of some of the research projects that will be aided by the
Shimadzu instruments are:
Using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry equipment to test ways to analyze
cuticular lipids that can reveal age in a species of mosquito known
for spreading malaria.
Using mass spectrometry to analyze chemicals in the environment that
could interfere with normal hormone functions and possibly fuel cancer
Researching biodegradable fluorescent polymers, which can deliver
chemotherapeutic agents to cancers and enable cancer detection with
optical imaging, through the use of high performance liquid
chromatography and mass spectrometry.
About Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc.
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments (SSI) is the American subsidiary of
Shimadzu Corp., headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. Founded in 1875, Shimadzu
is a $3 billion multinational corporation with three major divisions:
Medical Diagnostics, Aerospace/Industrial and Analytical Instruments. In
the United States, SSI has a network of more than 50 locations providing
local and regional sales, service and technical support. Visit www.ssi.shimadzu.com
for more information.
The new Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry will be an
important asset to The University of Texas at Arlington, a comprehensive
research institution of nearly 33,500 students in the heart of North
Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.
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