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Luis A. Colón

A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences


Analytical chemistry, separation science, liquid chromatography, diversity in STEM, mentoring students of color

Portrait of Luis A. Colón, University at Buffalo separation science, analytical chemistry, and STEM diversity expert.

Luis A. Colón is an expert in analytical chemistry, with a focus on separation science. He can speak to the media about research advancements in this area. He can also discuss diversity in STEM, including recruitment, mentoring and support of students of color.

Colón’s lab focuses on developing techniques for separating chemicals in a mixture from one another, which is necessary in chemical analysis. His work has included the development of chromatographic media for chemical separations, detection schemes for monitoring mass-limited samples, and the development of strategies to separate and analyze complex chemical or biochemical sample mixtures, such as biofluids, protein digests and pharmaceutical drugs.

Colón has been widely recognized for his successful efforts to increase diversity in STEM, particularly in the chemical sciences. He has helped recruit dozens of students to Buffalo from his native Puerto Rico to study or do summer research. As of 2020, about 20 had received advanced degrees in chemistry, mostly PhDs, from UB.

In 2015, Colón was named by President Barack Obama in 2015 as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring — one of many awards Colón has received for his work to advance diversity, and for his research.


Colón can respond to interview requests in English and Spanish.


Luis A. Colón, PhD
A. Conger Goodyear Professor of Chemistry
SUNY Distinguished Professor
Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence
University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences