Driving critical R&D by connecting with materials innovation

From mature companies to innovative startups, the Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) helps manufacturing companies accelerate R&D, invent new materials, develop innovative new products and find the talent to diversify their capabilities and compete globally. As manufacturing companies grow and adopt new technologies, leveraging experts in big data analytics can help evolve business models to drive critical R&D activities. Each year, we fund multiple research, development and prototyping project initiatives.

Materials Informatics.

Cultivating commercialization success and growth

We help our clients capitalize on transformative opportunities and navigate our fast-changing world by providing the support needed to be effective today and create long-term value for tomorrow. From our technologies available for license, connecting with materials science experts and talent resources, high performance computing solutions, facilities or equipment and funding, our clients develop agility, increased speed to market, gain greater efficiencies and overcome the talent gap.


  • New York State company 
  • Materials-based solutions
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Clean IP position
  • Inclusive and diverse teams
  • Partner provides economic impact data yearly


Companies are welcome to contact us for assistance with discovering research collaboration partners with expertise in their areas of interest. Projects are proposed in a competitive process for funding consideration.


Zhangyu Guan, PhD
Development of Long-Range RFID Tags for Conductive Thermal Transfer Printing-based RFID Production

Gang Wu, PhD
Low-Cost On-Site Hydrogen Production Using Ammonia as Carbon-Free Hydrogen Carrier

Jun Liu, PhD
Data-driven Development of Next-Gen Functional Coatings on Glass

Mark Ehrensberger, PhD
Making Orthopedic Implants Risk-Free from Bio-Film Infections

Tim Thomay, PhD and
James Berry, PhD
Pathway to commercialize Algal-based products for manufacturing in New York State through photosynthetic improvements via optical Quantum-Profiles

Chong Cheng, PhD
Anti-Ice Coatings for Wind Turbine Blades

Martin Trebbin, PhD and Praveen Arany, PhD
Advancing Pharmaceutical Manufacturing: Materials Informatics Approach to Spray Drying Optimization

John Atkinson, PhD
Life Cycle Assessment of Viridi Battery Storage Products

Problems and solutions of CO2 emission.

Carbon Capture Co.

David Watson, Phd,
Timothy Cook, PhD, and
Peihong Zheng, PhD
Atom-Precise Assemblies with Tunable Electronic Structure for Photocatalytic CO2 Reduction

Jinjun Xiong, PhD
Enhancing multi-channel linear LED lighting fixtures with advanced AI vision system for early health condition evaluation of plants grown in controlled environments



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

Empire State Development.

Drive critical R&D by connecting with resources

Innovative technologies, research experts and high-performance facilities help your organization remain competitive.

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. 


Access infrastructure and experts in software development, artificial intelligence and data analytics at our Center for Computational Research.