Analytical Core

Core Overview

The Analytical Core is a cost-recovery center situated in the Boston University Department of Chemistry, on the Charles River Campus. We provide chemistry support for small molecule drug discovery research, from chemical screens to hit-to-lead optimization.

We offer a variety of resources and services to both biologists and chemists, including:

  • Walkup instrumentation for small molecule synthesis and analysis (NMR, LC/MS, microwave)
  • Service-based LC/MS analysis
  • Access to small molecules for biological assays, formatted as screening libraries or as individual “cherry-picked” compounds
  • Curation and distribution services for synthetic organic chemists
  • Small molecule purification services
  • Fee-for-service synthesis (medicinal chemistry and/or scaleup) for biological collaborators

The Analytical Core is closely integrated with the Boston University Center for Molecular Discovery (BU-CMD), providing additional avenues for collaborative research.

For a listing of current core rates and pricing, click here.

For more information on any of the services/instruments listed, please contact Core Director Lauren Brown (