Francis M. Taylor Teaching Lab: a new teaching laboratory will allow undergraduate students to conduct experiments in high-tech facilities, and the space will be equipped with a variety of instrumentation to be utilized year-round.
Advanced Catalytic Processes: Catalysis is the basic concept underlying the vast majority of chemical and biochemical processes. Developing advanced catalysts has enormous implications in enhancing our quality of life, reaching from environmentally benign chemical processes to pharmaceutical production.
Bio-inspired Materials Lab: Researchers will work with the objective of translating the unique functional properties of biological materials to synthetic materials. These materials may be used to improve implant and drug delivery systems and make high strength fibers.
Cell & Tissue Engineering: Researchers will develop and utilize 3-D tissue constructs for basic research, drug testing and delivery, and the regeneration of tissue from cell culture as an alternative to organ transplantation.
Composite Materials Lab: Research will develop and understand novel, nanostructured composite materials. For example, corrosion-resistant metals, ductile ceramics, and electrically-conducting polymers could be made, thus improving restorative dental materials, structural and light armor applications, and thermo-electric applications.
Environmental Technology Lab: Through sophisticated imaging techniques, researchers will visualize the flow of contaminants and bacteria in porous media and will seek to develop new technologies for environmental remediation.
Gene Delivery & Cellular Engineering Lab: The focus of this lab is on the transfer of genetic material into living cells or tissues to control the expression of a particular protein. Recent work has caused cancer cells to produce proteins that resulted in the demise of the cancer cells while leaving untransformed cells intact.
Nanoscale Engineering & Self-Assembly Lab: Research will focus on the fabrication of nanostructures materials including thin films for computer chip fabrications and chemical sensor applications, catalysts for organic syntheses, nanowire, or nanomesh materials. Nanoscale materials often demonstrate unique properties and enable novel applications to improve technology across many disciplines.
Novel Drug Delivery Systems: Researchers will study visual imaging of model drug delivery process using video microscopy with micromanipulation devises. These novel methodologies will impact colon cancer treatment, delivery systems for the developing world, and new ophthalmologic applications for drug delivery to the back of the eye.
Photoinduced Processes Lab: Laser-based methods to fabricate novel materials and understand chemical reaction mechanisms and properties of novel polymers, will be the focus of this laboratory.