The CMI delivers research excellence with an industry focus by driving innovation and R&D to grow critical industries such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences and energy.  Building on UB’s strengths in materials science and large-scale computing and data analytics, the CMI will accelerate discovery and the commercialization of innovative new materials.

CMI - A collaborative partner

In fact, UB leadership and materials science experts were integral to the Buffalo Billion Investment Development Plan recommendation to create the Buffalo Niagara Institute for Advanced Manufacturing Competitiveness, now known as Buffalo Manufacturing Works.

The Buffalo Manufacturing Works is one of the BBIDP’s signature initiatives designed  to support growth of the region’s manufacturing sector. This initiative culminated in a long-term, collaborative relationship between the CMI and EWI, the organization contracted by the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to operate BMW. EWI is one of the world’s leading applied industrial research and development organizations, and they bring that proven track record of manufacturing success to Buffalo with the launch of BMW.

CMI at forefront of computationally-aided materials science

The CMI is steering some of the fastest-growing areas of study in the field:
  • Employing physic-chemical modeling, data analytics and machine learning in concert with sophisticated laboratory experiments
  • Accelerating scientific research that is helping to enable future technologies 
  • Creating less expensive, more efficient solar cells 
  • Smaller and more powerful batteries for applications from large-scale energy storage to implantable medical devices 
  • Devloping new nanomaterials for improved medical imaging and drug delivery