research scientists in the advanced manufacturing laboratory holding a sample of a magneto-ionic material used in a new study.

Advanced Manufacturing Support

R&D, expertise, and funding for manufacturing companies

From mature businesses to innovative startups, UB’s Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) helps manufacturing companies accelerate research and development (R&D), access funding, invent new materials, develop innovative new products and find the talent to diversify their capabilities. As manufacturing companies adopt new technologies, leveraging CMI’s expertise, funding, and equipment drives growth and R&D activities. Each year, CMI funds multiple collaborative applied R&D initiatives with advanced manufacturing companies in New York State. 

Here, we provide manufacturing support to grow your business

We help our industry partners capitalize on transformative opportunities. From technologies available for license, connecting with faculty experts and diverse student talent, supercomputing solutions, facilities, equipment, and funding, we provide the manufacturing support needed to move your innovations to impact. Through collaboration with industry, the CMI has been able to:  

  • Help organizations develop and commercialize new products, services and technologies, moving innovation to the market faster 
  • Grow businesses in emerging high-technology fields, such as clean energy and energy harvesting, semiconductors, sensors, wireless technology, robotics, nanoelectronics, and more
  • Develop novel thin, flexible electronic technologies and leverage machine learning and AI for additive manufacturing 
  • Support manufacturing R&D for the military, autonomous vehicles, energy generation, fuel cells and renewable energy, and advance discoveries in electrochemistry and thermal management 

Our clients develop agility, increase speed to market, gain greater efficiencies and overcome the talent gap.

Collaborate today to accelerate R&D for manufacturers

Separating success from failure is an organization’s ability to create game-changing insights, and then be flexible enough to adopt a new business model, disrupt a market or advance products and service offerings. We help companies drive growth, especially in the areas of materials research, informatics, semiconductors, and analytics, creating new technologies and advancing sustainable manufacturing R&D solutions. 

Karthik Dantu, of the School of Engineering and Applies Sciences (SEAS) Computer Science and Engineering department, works with students in Davis Hall in May 2019. Photographer: Douglas Levere.
Seo Jung Hun, of materials design and innovation, in his lab in Bonner Hall. He recently received a NSF research grant. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

Manufacturers can benefit from outside capital to grow and bring industry-changing ideas to the next level. We have funds and infrastructure linking academic research with companies who have an interest in cost-sharing projects to fuel product development and process improvements in areas such as clean energy and energy harvesting, robotics, electronics, sensor technology, thermal transfer materials, wireless communication, medical device, biomedical, life cycle analysis, additive manufacturing, modeling or materials integration and development. 

Prof. Ehsan Esfahani works in a research lab in Bell Hall on a robot gripper arm in May 2019. Esfahani is with the design and manufacturing department of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). Photographer: Douglas Levere.

Connect with materials experts and computational experts and students, specializing in quantum, atomistic and molecular modeling, data analytics and AI / machine learning, software development, life sciences, clean energy, digital and additive manufacturing and materials design and innovation. As manufacturers continue to pursue growth, both in technology and talent, organizations must adopt new technology strategies. Whether creating new discoveries or preparing a new or improved product or service for market launch, let our experts help you.

From intern to teammate, our students can make immediate impacts on your business. As one of the world's top public universities, our diverse student body is filled with smart, talented individuals ready to work on real-world projects, bring advanced knowledge or take on jobs and internships. We help you recruit top talent, coordinate connections and work with you to build brand awareness with our students.

License Technology.

Materials innovations and discoveries at UB often turn into useful products and services that create efficiencies, save energy or lives and impact society. Our Technology Transfer team works with companies to quickly transfer technology to the private sector with agreeable terms and provides opportunities for further development and commercial applications.

Seo Jung Hun, of materials design and innovation, in his lab in Bonner Hall. He recently received a NSF research grant. Photographer: Douglas Levere.

Sometimes manufacturers need to test, prototype or pilot before full scale production. Let us do the legwork! UB can help our clients access well-equipped facilities to help finalize development of your products or processes. Access cost effective suite of advanced scientific and engineering equipment and instrumentation, or engage with our high performance and cloud computing infrastructure to explore and advance applications of “big data” in materials science. 

Build your business and connect with a diverse network of entrepreneurs in our two business incubators—the Incubator @ CBLS downtown and the Incubator @ Baird near North Campus.

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When businesses and universities join forces, great impacts result


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A materials manufacturer develops electrically conductive copper-based inks for printable, flexible electronics using tech licensed from UB.  

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How we make it easy for you

Materials Informatics is the intelligent use of data-driven processes to improve materials discovery, uses, processing and life cycles.

Our job is translation – fitting between invention and scaleup and accelerated growth, the Center is an essential link between materials invention, new technology and potential commercial interests in licensing these science-based innovations.



Thank you for supporting life-changing innovations and the next generation of startups.

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Our industry advisory board is comprised of accomplished experts and scientists representing a broad range of academic and industry experiences. They volunteer their time to offer innovative advice and dynamic perspectives on programs that accelerate business growth, economic and workforce development and research initiatives.

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