Published January 12, 2017
To be eligible for funding through the CMI, UB faculty members submitted brief proposals that were scored by a team of experts based on technology, industry interest, funding impact and relevance to materials informatics.
“We are thrilled with the prospect of the economic impact each of these projects will have for the region,” says Mark Swihart, UB Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and CMI’s executive director. “Some of UB’s top researchers are at the helm of these exciting innovations and will continue their life-changing work with industry support.”
The five projects are:
Researchers will develop a unique coating technology that will reduce the drag (friction) between a boat hull and water, which will result in faster hull speeds, increased fuel efficiency and greater range.
This experimental and modeling effort will study electrostimulation using metals and metal alloys to understand the principles of biofilm eradication in prosthetic implants, resulting in research that could lead to improved infection control methods.
This project will develop methods and procedures for producing flexible sensors on a nanometer thick silicon carbide material that detects high-intensity ultraviolet light without degrading and measures temperatures higher than 400 degrees Celsius.
The applied research will develop novel materials for fuel cell applications with greatly enhanced corrosion resistance.
This research will focus on the design of fluorinated surfactant molecules that are integral to a range of products. The research may lead to fluorocarbon-containing functional products that are better in terms of environment and health impact than current products. Award: $36,000.
CMI leverages UB’s cutting-edge materials science, big data analytics and advanced manufacturing expertise to drive critical research and development activities that directly impact private sector growth.