The State University of New York will provide a total of $710,000 for nine research projects through the SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Network of Excellence, which aims to support the state’s manufacturing sector by bringing faculty and student researchers together with industry experts to spur the development and commercialization of their work. Nine collaborative projects on seven SUNY campuses received funding, and Stony Brook University is the only SUNY school involved in all nine projects.
The research projects include:
$175,000 for Therapeutics: This project will enable personalized treatment of diseases and injuries through large-scale manufacturing of advanced biomaterials. (Shared with University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute)
$175,000 for Energy: Project partners will leverage SUNY’s two national Energy Frontier Research Centers and Stony Brook University’s partnership with Brookhaven National Laboratory to build a statewide energy materials research infrastructure. (Shared with Binghamton University, University at Albany, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and University at Buffalo)
$175,000 for Flexible Electronics: This project will deploy flexible electronics and materials for advanced biotechnology, photovoltaic and sensor applications. (Shared with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Binghamton University and University at Buffalo)
$150,000 for Education and Outreach: This project will increase high school and undergraduate student interest in materials and advanced manufacturing. (Shared with SUNY Polytechnic Institute and SUNY Potsdam)
$60,000 for Green Materials and Manufacturing: SUNY campuses will engage corporate partners to submit a competitive proposal to establish a Clean Energy Manufacturing Center in New York State. (Shared with SUNY College of Environmental Science, University at Albany and Binghamton University)
$40,000 for Manufacturing Technology: Participating campuses will partner with industry representatives to expand the development and use of 3D printing and additive manufacturing technology. (Shared with University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, and SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry)
$40,000 for Functional and Responsive Materials: This project will explore the feasibility of creating a “smart sensor platform” that integrates multi-functional sensing materials on a flexible substrate. (Shared with University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Engineering, and SUNY Polytechnic Institute)
$15,000 for Technology: This project willfacilitate online access to SUNY’s informatics resources. The site will contain information about all relevant SUNY assets as well as contact information for experts who can provide further detail. (Shared with University at Buffalo and Binghamton University)
$15,000 for Characterization: This project will facilitate online access to a database of more than 250 laboratory resources and advanced materials testing and analysis equipment across the SUNY system. The database will contain information about each piece of equipment as well as contact information for local experts who can advise about their use. (Shared with SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Binghamton University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, University at Albany, and University at Buffalo)
More information and a detailed abstract for each project is available online.
“Whether they are advancing 3D printing, extending battery life or increasing student interest in advanced manufacturing, SUNY campuses across the state are coming together to enhance the capacity of New York’s manufacturing industry through their collective research,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “The SUNY Networks of Excellence have quickly started to have an impact not only on the students, faculty and researchers who participate in them but on the entire state. Congratulations to all of the project partners supported by this first round of funding.”
“SUNY’s Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Network of Excellence effectively applies SUNY’s capacity to the New York’s manufacturing sector,” said Timothy Killeen, president of the RF and SUNY vice chancellor for research. “This network connects SUNY and private sector experts, lowering barriers against sharing ideas and speeding up the transition from discovery to production. The range of projects funded showcases the diversity of expertise across SUNY that is applied every day to drive economic development and job growth across New York.”
SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing is one of five SUNY Networks of Excellence recently established to increase research collaborations and spur commercialization activities between SUNY and industry partners in core research areas. The others are SUNY 4E (Energy, Environment, Education, Economics), SUNY Health, SUNY Brain, and SUNY Arts and Humanities. A sixth network that will focus on teaching and learning assessment is also in the developmental stages.