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FSU Dedicates Bayer MaterialScience Chemistry Lab

Action Recognizes Significant Donation of Equipment, Materials

Frostburg State University today dedicated the Bayer MaterialScience Chemistry Lab in the Compton Science Center in recognition of a donation of lab equipment and supplies valued at $225,000. Dr. Barry Phillips, a 1969 graduate of Frostburg and a Bayer senior vice president for NAFTA,HSEQ and Future Business, who was crucial in arranging the donation, was on hand for the celebration.

“We are happy today to celebrate the dedication of the Bayer MaterialScience Chemistry Lab, a facility that will remind us every day of the philanthropic spirit of this innovative corporation and its leaders, most notably one of our own, Dr. Barry Phillips,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter.

“Having spent more than three decades working with chemistry, I know how important a solid educational foundation is,” Phillips said. “I am proud of my degree from Frostburg State, and I know that academic designation will represent even more today for this generation of graduates who will benefit from the state-of-the-art equipment in the Bayer MaterialScience Lab.”

Among the equipment donated is a high pressure chromatograph, which separates and measures chemical compounds, and a mass spectrometer, which measures particles by separating isotopes by charge and mass. Faculty and staff at FSU are working on incorporating the equipment into Compton’s laboratories. The first pieces were put into use in January.

Bayer MaterialScience is one of the leading producers of polymers and high performance plastics in North America, with U.S. headquarters in Pittsburgh. It is a subsidiary of Bayer AG, based in Germany, best known for its aspirin, but which also has business activities in health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.

The donation was arranged through the Frostburg State University Foundation, Inc. For more information, contact Bernard J. Davisson II, vice president for University Advancement and executive director of the FSU Foundation at 301-687-4161 or

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