Grand opening of the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry held on Monday

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments announced the grand opening on Monday of the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington to enhance the research of disease treatments.

The facility contains $6 million worth of mass spectrometry, spectroscopy and chromatography equipment, representing one of the largest installations of Shimadzu analytical instrumentation in the world.

"We are honored that a company with the worldwide reach of Shimadzu has chosen to invest in UT Arlington's research program," James D. Spaniolo, the president of UT Arlington, said. "This equipment will provide opportunities for faculty and for students in a laboratory that is truly on the cutting edge of analytical possibilities."

The center will give researchers at the university access to enhanced capabilities for quantitative and qualitative analysis. The instruments will be used to research treatment and prevention for illnesses like malaria and cancer.

Kevin Schug, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UT Arlington, has been named the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry.

"UT Arlington has a dynamic science program focused on the future, and Shimadzu is pleased and eager to support such a research institution," Shuzo Maruyama, the president at Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, said. "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."

Projects helped by the Shimadzu instruments include analysis of chemicals that could fuel cancer growth, polymers to deliver chemotherapy agents to cancers and revealing the age of a mosquito species known to spread malaria.