Frank V. Bright


Frank Bright.

Frank V. Bright


Frank V. Bright


SUNY Distinguished Professor
UB Distinguished Professor
Henry M. Woodburn Chair

Research Interests

Analytical, materials and physical chemistry: Chemical sensor and nanosensors, antifouling/fouling release materials, benign chemistry, wound restitution, corneal surface chemistry.

Contact Information

511 Natural Sciences Complex

Buffalo NY, 14260

Phone: (716) 645-4180

Fax: (716) 645-6963


  • Visiting Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Georgia Tech, 1994-1995
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Indiana University, 1985-1987
  • PhD, Oklahoma State University, 1985
  • BS, University of Redlands, 1982

Awards and Honors

  • 3M, Inc. Non-tenured Faculty Award (1988-91)
  • Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Award for Excellence in Teaching, SUNY-Buffalo (1998)
  • Buck-Whitney Medal from the American Chemical Society Eastern New York Section (1999)
  • SUNY Chancellors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching (2000)
  • SUNY Outstanding Inventors Award (2002)
  • University at Buffalo (UB) Distinguished Professor (2002)
  • Gold Medal from the Society for Applied Spectroscopy New York Section (2003)
  • Akron Award from the American Chemical Society Akron Section (2003)
  • Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association, Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier, “2003 Inventor
  • of the Year, Life Sciences” (2004)
  • A. Benedetti-Pichler Award in Microchemistry from the American Microchemical Society (Nov. 2005)
  • Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal from the Western New York American Chemical Society (2006)
  • “Most Promising Technology” Smart Start Venture Forum, UNYTECH, Universities of Upstate New York Venture Forum (2007)
  • Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, SUNY-Buffalo (2008)
  • Visionary Innovator (2x), SUNY-Buffalo (2008)
  • Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association, Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier, “2007 Inventor of the Year, Physical Sciences” (2008)
  • SUNY Distinguished Professor (2008)
  • Fellow, Society for Applied Spectroscopy (2010)
  • Niagara Frontier Intellectual Property Law Association, Technical Societies Council of the Niagara Frontier, “2009 Inventor of the Year, Life Sciences” (2010)
  • Elected, International Society for Contact Lens Research (2011)
  • Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (2014)
  • Visionary Innovator Award, SUNY-Buffalo (2014)
  • American Chemical Society Award in Spectrochemical Analysis (2015)
  • Edward W. Morley Medal from the American Chemical Society Cleveland Section (2017)


The primary theme linking all our research work is that significant improvements in analytical methods and materials will derive from a deeper understanding of the key molecular-level events and processes that are involved.

Research Summary

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.

Selected Recent Publications

  • J.F. Destino, C.M. Gatley, A.K. Craft, M.R. Detty and F.V. Bright, “Probing Nanoscale Chemical Segregation and Surface Properties of Antifouling Hybrid Xerogel Films,” Langmuir 2015, 31, 3510-3517.
  • K.Y. Yung, Z. Zhan, A.H. Titus, G.A. Baker and F.V. Bright, “Ratiometric, Filter-free Optical Sensor Based on a CMOS Buried Double Junction Photodiode,” Anal. Chim. Acta 2015, 884, 77-82.
  • I.J. Horner, N.D. Kraut, J.J. Hurst, A.A. Rook, C.M. Collado, G.E. Atilla-Gokcumen, E.P. Maziarz, X.M. Liu, M.M. Merchea and F.V. Bright, “Effects of Polyhexamethylene Biguanide and Polyquaternium-1 on Phospholipid Bilayer Structure and Dynamics,” J. Phys. Chem. B 2015, 119, 10531-10542.
  • D.T. McCall, Y. Zhang, D.J. Hook and F.V. Bright, “Optimizing Pin-Printed and Hydrosilylated Microarray Spot Density on Porous Silicon Platforms,” Langmuir 2015, 31, 11370-11377.
  • I.J. Horner, N.D. Kraut, C.A. Richardson, B. Jean, A.M. Rook and F.V. Bright, “Contact Pin-Printing onto Porous Silicon for Creating Microarrays with High Chemical Diversity,” Appl. Spectrosc. 2016, 70, 1662-1675.
  • S.G. Coombs and F.V. Bright, “Spatial Characteristics of Contact Pin-Printed Silanes and Bioconjugates on Oxidized Porous Silicon,” J. Phys. Chem. C 2016, 120, 6011-6019.
  • J.M. Reynard, N.S. Van Gorder, C.A. Richardson, R.D. Eriacho and F.V. Bright, “Instrumentation for Reliably Determining Porous Silicon Photoluminescence Responses to Gaseous Analyte Vapors,” Appl. Spectrosc. 2016, 70, 1974-1980.
  • J.F. Destino, N.D. Kraut, L.E. Hargrave and F.V. Bright, “Robust pH-Responsive Group IV Metal Oxide Functionalized Porous Silicon Platforms,” Mater. Lett. 2016, 181, 47-51.
  • S. Trivedi, S.G. Coombs, D.V. Wagle, N. Bhawawet, G.A. Baker and F.V. Bright, “Ionic Liquids Can Permanently Modify the Porous Silicon Surface Chemistry,” Chem. – Euro. J. 2016, 22, 11677-11684.
  • P. Taheri, J. Wang, H. Xing, J.F. Destino, M.M. Arik, C. Zhao, K. Kang, B. Blizzard, L. Zhang, P. Zhao, S. Huang, S. Yang, F.V. Bright, J. Cerne and H. Zeng, “Centimeter-Scale MoS2 Monolayer by Sulfurization of MoO3 Film,” Mat. Res. Exp. 2016, 3, 075009.
  • J.F. Destino, Z.R. Jones, C.M. Gatley, Y. Zhang, A.K. Craft, M.R. Detty and F.V. Bright, “Hybrid Sol-gel Derived Films That Spontaneously Form Complex Surface Topographies,” Langmuir 2016, 32, 10113-10119.
  • J.M. Reynard, N.S. VanGorder and F.V. Bright, “Origin of Analyte-Induced Porous Silicon Photoluminescence Quenching,” Appl. Spectrosc. 2017, in press.
  • J.F. Destino, A.K. Craft and F.V. Bright, “Three-Dimensional pH mapping within Hybrid Xerogel Thin Films,” Langmuir 2017, 33, 4119-4128.