Bright Group Fall 2014 Front Row: Crystal Collado, Samantha Matthews, Andrew Craft, Yi Zhang, Shruti Trivedi, Sitora Khodjaniyazova, Jennifer Empey. Back Row: David Szczur, Dustin McCall, Ian Horner, Joel Destino, Dr. Frank V. Bright, Daniel Rotshteyn, Justin Reynard, Sidney Coombs. Not Pictured: Qiaoling Yu
Our Research

Welcome to the Bright Group Website in the Department of Chemistry at the University at Buffalo. Here you will learn more about our research activities and the people who are studying in our laboratories.

Research Areas

Thank you for taking the time to view our web site and learn more about our research.
Our program has active research efforts in the following areas:

  • Chemical sensors and sensor arrays for selective small molecule and protein determination.
  • Advanced anti-fouling/fouling release coatings for fresh water and marine applications.
  • Dynamics within membrane-based separation platforms under aggressive conditions for H2 purification applications.
  • Biodegradable platforms for delivering active protein drugs to accelerate wound closure and minimize aberrant repair.

In each area we aim to establish a detailed molecular-level view to guide new device and material developments.


What We Do

We have active research programs in the following areas:

  • Chemical Sensors
  • Antifouling/Fouling
    Release Materials
  • Benign Chemistry
  • Wound Repair

Research Facilities

Shared, Multi-User Facilities
The Bright Group has access to major scientific facilities within UB

Dedicated Research Laboratories
The Bright Group has dedicated research space within the UB Natural Sciences Complex


  • SLM model 48000 multi-harmonic Fourier instrument
  • Hybrid SLM model 4850 fluorimeter
  • Femtosecond Ti:sapphire laser system
  • IBH model 5000-W-SAFE
  • AIST-NT Combiscope
  • HP 8452A diode array spectrophotometer
  • Chromex model 250
  • more…

Please feel free to contact us about research opportunities or with questions about our group.