BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two University at Buffalo research teams will
receive funding from the State University of New York (SUNY)
Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) to develop a novel multispectral
imaging technology and a glazing technology for windows that will
reduce energy costs.
The UB awards are part of a group of six that the Research
Foundation for SUNY, which administers TAF, announced today, Oct.
19. The accelerator fund was launched in April 2011 to support
innovation across the SUNY research community and to provide
proof-of-concept funding for SUNY's most promising
"The number and range of proposals submitted for 2012 TAF
funding represent the extraordinary scope, scale and diversity of
research conducted on SUNY campuses across New York state," said
Timothy Killeen, PhD, president of the RF and SUNY vice chancellor
for research. "Providing targeted investment through the TAF helps
faculty researchers move invention from the lab to the marketplace
and turn projects into commercially viable technologies that
benefit New York and the world. Congratulations to the six selected
Both UB research groups that will receive TAF funding are
working in materials science, a field UB is emphasizing through its
newly designated New York State Center of Excellence in Materials
Informatics. The center will focus on the discovery and
commercialization of novel materials -- an area of innovation
that's critical to enhancing the state and country's competitive
edge in advanced manufacturing.
The UB teams will each receive up to $50,000 from the TAF
program. They will use their awards to advance the following
-- Rainbow-Colored Polymer for Multispectral Analysis: A UB team
led by Alexander N. Cartwright, PhD, professor of electrical
engineering and biomedical engineering and vice president for
research and economic development, has developed a low-cost method
to create a polymer that functions as a multispectral prism that
could form the basis for handheld devices that identify the "true
color" of objects. Potential uses range from analyzing colors in
medical images to detect disease to matching paint colors.
-- Glazing Technology for "Smart Windows": Sarbajit Banerjee,
PhD, associate professor of chemistry, invented a dynamic glazing
coating for "smart windows" that reduces energy costs by reflecting
heat from the sun on hot days and allowing transmission of heat in
colder temperatures, in both cases without blocking the penetration
of visible light.
The four other recipients of TAF funding included teams from the
University at Albany, Binghamton University, Stony Brook University
and Upstate Medical University. The technologies selected span
groundbreaking advancements in novel antibiotics, assistance for
the disabled, weight-loss and suicide prevention.
SUNY faculty, staff, and students were eligible to submit
proposals for TAF funding with endorsement by the appropriate
campus technology transfer director. Proposals were evaluated by
the TAF managing director, with input from external experts in
various fields of science and intellectual property (IP)
commercialization. Factors considered in the evaluation included:
availability of intellectual property protection, marketability,
commercial potential, campus commitment or cost sharing,
feasibility, and breadth of impact and benefit to the
In just its first year of operation, the TAF registered
significant success, producing two startup companies, one of which
won a National Institutes of Health Small Business Technology
Transfer Phase I award.
Learn more about the SUNY Technology Accelerator Fund at www.rfsuny.org/taf.
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SUNY research activity annually, providing sponsored programs
administration and commercialization support services to SUNY
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