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About the Center

The BGSU Center for Photochemical Sciences (CPS), chartered in 1985, uniquely blends teaching, learning, scholarship, and service/outreach in a very diverse environment.  The Center’s purpose is to expand the synergism of research, teaching and applications in the photochemical sciences through:

  • Preparing students and professionals for careers in industry and academia
  • Conducting ongoing research across disciplinary boundaries
  • Supporting technological businesses through consultation and collaboration
  • Participating in the reindustrialization of the region, state and nation through the development of new industries based on photochemical sciences
  • Serving as a clearinghouse for the dissemination of information in the photosciences

The Center’s unifying intellectual theme focuses on the study of the interaction of light with physical, chemical and biological systems, and on the quest for practical applications that stimulate new technology. Center faculty are experts in areas ranging from laser imaging and spectroscopy to the development of new in vivo sensors that follow environmental pollutants and therapeutic drugs.

Current technological developments and research include the use of light to eradicate cancer cells or kill viruses, silicon wafer advancements, technology stimulating higher capacity microcomputers and the development of filters for color liquid crystals.  The latter, photo coating and photo printing are responsible for significant environmental improvements such as solventless inks. The Center’s research scientists are funded by federal and private agencies including: the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Petroleum Research Fund, United Soybean Board, Research Corporation and several agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense.

CPS has over 50 doctoral candidates. Its graduates populate the waterfront in anything connected to imaging, printing, digital displays and devices, lasers and communications.

To learn more about The Center for Photochemical Sciences at Bowling Green State University, please visit its web site.