BUFFALO, N.Y. — The University at Buffalo’s New York
State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) has
awarded over $170,000 to five projects with commercial potential
that showcase collaboration between a UB faculty member and an
To be eligible for funding through the CMI, UB faculty submitted
brief proposals that were scored by a team of experts based on
technology, industry interest, funding impact and relevance to
“We are thrilled with the prospect of the economic impact
each of these projects will have for the region,” said Mark
Swihart, PhD, CMI’s executive director. “Some of
UB’s top researchers are at the helm of these exciting
innovations and will continue their life-changing work with
The five projects are:
“Development of a drag-reducing xerogel-type coating for
- Who: Michael Detty, PhD, professor in the Department of
- Industry Collaborator: Integument Technologies, Tonawanda, New
- Summary: Researchers will develop a unique coating technology
that will reduce the drag (friction) between a boat hull and water,
which will result in faster hull speeds, increased fuel efficiency
and greater range.
- Award: $40,000.
“Advancing the Science of Electrical Stimulation Therapy:
A Collaboration with Garwood Medical Devices”
- Who: Edward Furlani, PhD, professor in the Department of
Chemical and Biological Engineering, and Department of Electrical
Engineering; and Mark Ehrensberger, PhD, assistant professor in the
Department of Biomedical Engineering and adjunct assistant
professor in Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
- Industry Collaborator: Garwood Medical Devices LLC, Buffalo,
- Summary: This experimental and modeling effort will study
electrostimulation, using metals and metal alloys to understand the
principles of biofilm eradication in prosthetic implants, resulting
in research that could lead to improved infection control
- Award: $40,000.
"Development of flexible sensors for extreme environmental
- Who: Jung-Hun Seo, PhD, assistant professor Department of
Materials Design and Innovation.
- Industry Collaborator: ENrG Inc., Buffalo, New York.
- Summary: This project will develop methods and procedures for
producing flexible sensors on ceramic substrates that are no
greater than 40 micrometers thick, and can detect high-intensity
ultraviolet light without degrading and measure temperatures higher
than 400 degrees Celsius.
- Award: $36,000.
"Engineering Graphene Tubes for Advanced Carbon Supports for
Fuel Cell Applications”
- Who: Gang Wu, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of
Chemical and Biological Engineering.
- Industry Collaborator: Bettergy Corporation, Peekskill, New
- Summary: The applied research will develop novel materials for
fuel cell applications with greatly enhanced corrosion
- Award: $27,000.
“Solution and Surface Properties of Fluorinated
- Who: Paschalis Alexandridis, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor in
the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
- Industry Collaborator: Honeywell.
- Summary: This research will focus on the design of fluorinated
surfactant molecules that are integral to a range of products. The
research may lead to fluorocarbon-containing functional products
that are better in terms of environment and health impact than
- Award: $36,000.
CMI leverages UB’s cutting-edge materials science, big
data analytics and advanced manufacturing expertise to drive
critical research and development activities that directly impact
private sector growth.