Materials Innovation Hub

Advancing industrial outreach through collaboration and innovation in materials design.

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CoRE: Collaboratory for a Regenerative Economy

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CoRE is a research and education partnership led by MDI, with non-governmental and community outreach organizations that brings together complementary expertise – in research, market analysis, policy formulation, and social innovation -- to support the transition towards a safer materials economy. Research activities in CoRE translates cutting-edge discoveries in materials science and engineering to develop innovative and transformative approaches to design data-driven green manufacturing processes that will reduce the use of toxic chemicals and/or those derived from fossil fuels in a variety of manufacturing industries. 

Center for Materials Processing Data (CMPD)

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The Center for Materials Processing Data (CMPD) is  an academic partnership to serve industry, that focuses on generating and collection of materials property data for use in manufacturing process models. The CMPD is a collaborative effort established by Worcester Polytechnic Institute, University of Connecticut and the Department of Materials Design and Innovation at the University at Buffalo in cooperation with ASM International.

Industry Scholar Residence Program

Our program hosts scientists and engineers from companies for long term collaborations to pursue research tailored to industrial needs. By residing within the Materials Design and Innovation department, we provide an opportunity for industrial researchers to have an immersive experience with the data intensive research developed here.

MDI-In: An Intrepreneurship Initiative

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MDI-In is a specialized training program where students adapt their research training in materials science to develop commercial products and/or patents. In coordination with UB’s Technology Incubator program and the Blackstone LaunchPad initiative, MDI-In offers graduate students a unique educational framework to harness intellectual entrepreneurship with business entrepreneurship.