Essential Experts: Anthony Cannella, Ph.D.

Tony most recently graduated from SUNY University at Buffalo with a PhD in chemistry that focused on organometallic and inorganic synthesis and characterization via spectroscopic techniques. Also, he graduated with a BS in chemistry from the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) located in Rochester, NY. Tony has a lot of experience applying spectroscopic techniques like NMR, EPR, UV-Vis, FT-IR, and single crystal XRD to characterizing air and water sensitive small molecules. 

Recently in the pharmaceutical industry there has been more attention brought to applications of spectroscopic techniques for quantitative analysis. Specific techniques include PXRD, IR, Near-IR, Raman, Colorimetry and UV-Vis. Even though Colorimetry and UV-Vis are destructive techniques, they are still faster techniques than traditional chromatography. An advantage of techniques like PXRD, IR, Near-IR, and Raman is that these techniques are oftentimes non-destructive methods that allow for fast sampling and almost instant results. Methods developed using these processes can be intensive in the development processes but the pay off in the end is worth the investment. 

Here at BA Tony has been enthusiastically applying his background to develop, transfer, and validate fast and quantitative spectroscopic methods. Some of the techniques that we have been focusing on are Colorimetry, UV-Vis, FT-IR, and Raman spectroscopy. We have recently quantitatively measured the color of samples using a color specialized spectrophotometer. A current project is using Raman spectroscopy to quantify the API in pharmaceuticals.