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IU Joins Purdue, Notre Dame to Create New Center for Measurement Science

October 2, 2019

Indiana  University is a part of the recently established Center for Bioanalytic Metrology, an NSF-funded collaboration with Notre Dame and  Purdue to bridge the gap between academics and industry in the area of measurement science.

The Center for Bioanalytic Metrology, which officially launched Sept. 11, is a collaboration between IU, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame. The center is supported by research awards to each university from the National Science Foundation’s Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers program, as well as memberships from industry partners, for a combined total $4.5 million over the first five years.

The ability to conduct precise measurements — and the instrumentation required for these measurements — is a critical factor for driving innovation in many major industries, including drug discovery, biotechnology, manufacturing, agriculture and energy. The new center will focus on challenges and solutions in these areas, as well as connect measurement science experts from across the state.

“The Center for Bioanalytic Metrology is a modern approach to measurement science open to the entire IU campus,” said Lane Baker, the James L. Jackson Professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Chemistry, who serves as the center’s site director at IU. “It will be an important catalyst for enhancing measurement science research collaborations between the three universities and industry, and combines the excellence in analytical chemistry that each possess individually, to create a problem-solving juggernaut. We are excited to work with industry in this capacity.”

Present groups involved in the center include researchers from the disciplines of chemistry, biology, informatics, physics and engineering. Through the planning phases, the center also received the support of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and the College of Arts and Science.

The center is administratively located at Notre Dame. For more information, contact the IU center at To contact Baker, email