Dental Materials Research Laboratory

"joseph ciancio".

The Dental Materials Research Laboratory (DMRL) is a full-service facility specializing in mechanical material testing for failure analysis and accelerated wear/aging, micro hardness testing, and color analysis.  Our equipment and expertise renders us particularly advantageous for dental research, but we are able to easily generalize our capabilities for other disciplines.

You are encouraged to work directly with our staff for your materials analysis needs. We are also available to visit you on site to collect samples and additional information, if required.

Please call or email for fee schedule.

Who We Serve?

The Dental Materials Research Laboratory offers services for:

  •  UB Students 
  •  UB Faculty 
  •  Researchers at Other Academic Institutions 
  •  Government 
  •  Industry

Technical Capabilities:

Dental research Lab Tech.
  • Static Mechanical Testing
    • Loads of up to 500 [N], 1,000 [N], and 10,000 [N]
  • Cyclic Mechanical Loading
    • Loads of up to 8 [Kg] and 10,000 [N]
  • Chewing Simulation
    • Loads of up to 8 [Kg]
  • Micro Hardness Testing
    • Knoop and Vickers
  • Micro Shear Testing
  • Visible Spectrum Colorimetry
    • Qualitative and Quantitative Techniques
  • Small Scale Thermocycling
  • Small Scale Laser Welding
  • Blue Light Controlled Bonding Room
  • pH Testing
  • Toothbrush Wear Simulation
  • Material Sectioning
  • Material Grinding/Polishing
  • Basic Wet Chemistry Capabilities
  • Basic Optical Microscopy
  • Radio Frequency Glow Discharge Cleaning
  • Small Autoclave


  • Research Study Design and Guidance
  • Routine testing of materials for quality control and assurance
  • Failure analysis
  • Product research, development and testing
  • Consultation for analysis strategy
  • Facility orientation
  • On-site technical assistance
  • Remote technical consultation

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday - Friday
9 AM - 5:30 PM
*Other Times and Dates by Appointment

Dental Materials Research Laboratory
320/324 BRB
University at Buffalo South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Mailing Address
Attn. Steven Makowka
222 Squire Hall
3435 Main St.
Buffalo, NY 14214