SUNY Awards $525,000 for Campus Collaborations in Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Research

May 13, 2015

3-D Printing, Therapeutics, Energy Storage, & Flexible Electronics Among Projects Funded


Albany – The State University of New York, through the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF), today announced $525,000 in funding for projects supported by the Materials and Advanced Manufacturing (MAM) Network of Excellence. Ten collaborative projects involving 31 campuses will advance research in 3-D printing, therapeutics, energy storage, and flexible electronics, among other fields.

“SUNY colleges and universities serve as epicenters for some of today’s most advanced research activity, and the SUNY Networks of Excellence have provided our campuses with a vehicle to share their work not only with one another but with experts in their respective fields,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “Creating these closer connections between SUNY innovation and the industries it serves fuels the state economy while training the next generation of skilled, high-tech workers. Congratulations to all of the project partners receiving support through the Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Network.”

“These projects leverage the substantial resources and facilities at multiple campuses to increase SUNY’s success in pursuing federal funding, speed up the transition from discovery to product, and position New York as a global leader in the development and manufacture of advanced technologies,” said Alexander N. Cartwright, SUNY provost and executive vice chancellor, and interim president of the Research Foundation for SUNY.

Projects supported by this latest round of funding include:

  • Using 3-D printing technology to build implantable cartilage; University at Buffalo and SUNY Polytechnic Institute; $50,000
  • Combining 3-D printing technology and material science to make sensors that conform to different geometric shapes; University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University; $25,000
  • Building industrial partnerships, testing new applications and exploring new industrial materials for 3-D printing; Stony Brook University, University at Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz and Farmingdale State College; $75,000
  • Establishing the influence of processing parameters on the durability and performance of printed structures by assessing material structure and properties; SUNY New Paltz, University at Buffalo and Stony Brook University; $25,000
  • Developing a nanoparticle drug delivery system to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease; SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry and Stony Brook University; $50,000
  • Producing a novel class of flexible, printable and multifunctional materials for electronic, communication and sensor applications; SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Binghamton University, Stony Brook University and University at Buffalo; $100,000
  • Developing a nature inspired nano-biomaterial that responds to changes in the surrounding environment; University at Buffalo and SUNY Polytechnic Institute; $50,000
  • Using nanotechnology to create highly-efficient energy storage devices; Binghamton University, University at Albany, University at Buffalo, and SUNY Potsdam; $50,000
  • Conducting a fundamental study of lithium ion batteries to identify design principles for developing new energy materials; Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Stony Brook University; $50,000
  • Convening a second Green Composite Materials workgroup session to expand collaboration and advance research projects covering energy savings in manufacturing and materials production; Environmental Science & Forestry, Stony Brook University, Binghamton University, and University at Albany; $50,000

More information, and a detailed abstract for all 10 projects that were funded, is available online.

To date, the SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing Network of Excellence has invested $1,235,000 in the areas of biomaterials, energy materials, flexible electronics, green composite materials, digital and additive manufacturing, functional and responsive materials, informatics, characterization, and education.

About the SUNY Networks of Excellence
SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing is one of six SUNY Networks of Excellence. Each network assembles scientists, scholars, and external partners from SUNY campuses to conduct collaborative research in high demand areas. The others are SUNY 4E (Energy, Environment, Economics and Education), SUNY Brain, SUNY Health, SUNY Arts and Humanities and SUNY Teaching, Learning and Assessment. 

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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