Molecular Characterization and Analysis Complex

The Molecular Characterization and Analysis Complex (MCAC) at UMBC provides a vast array of instrumentation for mass spectrometry, NMR, and FT-IR, and a wide variety of other instrumental techniques for the analysis of compounds. Open to the university, nonprofit organizations, those in industry, and all others who need access to analytical instruments, the lab strives to provide easy access for all who desire to utilize its services. Clients can submit samples or be trained to use the instruments themselves. Overseen by Dr. Cynthia Tope Niedermaier, the lab is staffed by both graduate and undergraduate students, and provides an inspirational learning environment and professional hands-on experience. Equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation and knowledgeable staff, the MCAC can analyze almost any compound quickly and easily, providing accurate results.

The MCAC is constantly expanding, adding new instrumentation and developing modern analytical techniques by attempting to find solutions to real-world problems. Students actively participate in research and present their findings at research symposiums and conferences, writing abstracts and designing posters. The MCAC desires to work with customers to find the best solution for all of their analytical needs and strives to develop cutting-edge analytical methods that are applicable to current situations and provide solutions to prominent questions.

For more information about MCAC, visit or contact Dr. Cynthia Trope Niedermaier, College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences,, 410-455-2815.