The Western New York legislative delegation has informed University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi that UB will receive a state designation for a Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics and will be awarded $200,000 in funding to establish the center.
The designation and funding for the center will be included in the 2012-13 state budget.
UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics will use robotics and data-intensive computing technology to focus on discovery and commercialization of innovative new materials, including synthetic replacements for natural elements that are growing scarcer.
With the creation of the center, UB will be positioned nationally to hire additional faculty and pursue federal funding opportunities in this emerging and high-demand field. With the funding, UB will begin cultivating industrial partners and planning for the center’s facilities.
The center will foster increased collaboration between the university and industry, giving Western New York companies a competitive advantage and potentially creating thousands of jobs.
The new UB center will change the way materials research is conducted, speeding the discovery and deployment of advanced materials. Specifically, the center would make it possible for researchers to synthesize and test the properties of hundreds of materials at once, as opposed to one at a time.