Holiday Schedule for the Laboratory
We will be CLOSED the following dates: 

Thursday November 28- 29, 2019 (for the Thanksgiving Holiday)

Winter Break: Monday December 23- January 1, 2020
(we will not be receiving packages during this time)

News from the 115th Annual Convention of the American Leather Chemists Association (ALCA)

Congratulations, Steve Lange! 

In May, Director Steve Lange presented a paper, Leather Species Identification via Mitochondrial DNA Polymerase Chain Reaction at the 115th Annual American Leather Chemists Association (ALCA) convention.  This paper represented research work done in collaboration with Dr. Xiang Zhang at UC’s Genomics, Epigenomics and Sequencing Core. 
At the convention it was also announced the Steve Lange will take over as Editor of the Journal of American Leather Chemists Association (JALCA)! He is preceded by Robert White, who held the position for thirteen years. 
The JALCA has reported on research in the leather field on a monthly basis since 1906.

Photo Caption:  Carol Adcock, American Leather Chemist Association Executive Secretary, presented retiring Journal editor Robert White with a plaque in recognition of his service as JALCA editor.

                                                                        Our Educational Courses for 2019:

Are you looking for ways to expand your knowledge of leather and the leather industry? Interested in the process of tanning leather, from start to finish? We have 2 courses this year that will provide the in-depth knowledge you need. 

  Leather Orientation Course:    

October 2-3, 2019
(Added by Popular Demand)

This popular 2-Day course will take place at the Leather Research Laboratory on the campus of the University of Cincinnati (Center Hill Campus) and will cover a wide range of leather related issues such as physical structure, species identification, hide supply, wet-end and finishing operations, regulations, testing and customer acceptance issues.  Attendees will be given an in-depth tour of the Leather Research Laboratory and will have a book with various leather samples to take home and use as a reference.

  The cost of this course is $955 per person* with a discounted price of $855 for additional participants from the same company.  To register contact Louisa at or call 513-242-6300

   *Price does not include lodging. We have a block of rooms reserved at a local hotel, and will provide transportation to and from this hotel to our class.

Some Comments from last year’s course:

“I enjoyed the lab tours and demonstrations. The Tannery Operations photographs of different stages of tanning really helped me to understand the process. Thank you for the great content and wonderful hospitality. 10/10!”

“I learned so much these two days, I can’t wait for the USDA sessions. I especially enjoyed learning about the hide layers, differences between species, and filling in my knowledge gaps. The course was great, the hotel was nice and conveniently located, and the Welcome dinner was awesome! 9/10!”

“I LOVED what was presented and what I learned. Tests and Measurement but also the tanning/finishing processes. 9.5/10!”

  Raw Hide to Crust Course         

Week One: June 17-21    Week Two : July 22-25

This course is intended for individuals working in the leather industry and is a combination of classroom lecture and hands-on application in a pilot tannery setting. The lecture portion of the course will be presented by personnel from the Leather Research Laboratory. Industry experts from the chemical supply base and working tanneries will work with attendees in the pilot tannery to help understand what it takes to make beautiful leather in a production environment. 
 The total course will be presented at the USDA ERRC’s pilot tannery facility near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and will be completed over two weeks.

Cost to attend is $1600/person/week or $2800/person for both weeks*. Click here for more information.

*Price does not include lodging

October 2018

This summer the Leather Research Laboratory at the University of Cincinnati submitted to the annual audit process and (once again) has been successfully re-accredited through the ANAB.
We remain a ISO 17025 certified laboratory. We also participated in proficiency testing through the Institute for Interlaboratory Studies. 
 We achieved an excellent rating for our results in the following areas of testing:

•Formaldehyde in Leather
•Chromium VI in Leather
•OPP (and other preservatives in leather)

We remain an unbiased, non-profit, testing institution. We hope you keep us in mind for all your leather testing needs.

If you would like more information about our testing services, please contact our Director, Steve Lange (