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Ceramic and Composite Materials Center (CCMC)

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Collaborative Research: I/UCRC: Ceramic and Composite Materials Center  (Rutgers University New Brunswick)

Collaborative Research: I/UCRC: Ceramic and Composite Materials Center  (University of New Mexico)

Research Focus & Anticipated Benefits

The Ceramic and Composite Materials Center (CCMC), an NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), develops technologies to make the United States more competitive in ceramic science and engineering. By transfering these technologies to industry, the center fosters the development of competitive, reproducible ceramic and polymer/ceramic composite materials for advanced, high-performance systems. The establishment of CCMC integrated three previous centers: the University of New Mexico Center for Micro-Engineered Materials, the Rutgers Center for Ceramic Research, and the Penn State Particulate Materials Center. The combined organization features expertise in ceramic processing, in the chemical synthesis of ceramic and related materials, and in the synthesis and processing of particulate materials. Through partnerships with industry, the CCMC fosters the development and transfer of leading-edge technologies and processes that allow companies to compete successfully in the global marketplace.

The research focuses on building a knowledge and technology base that will lead to reproducible ceramic products that can be manufactured in cost-efficient, environmentally friendly processes; contain chemically and physically tailored microstructures; and can be tailored to specific applications.

 Education & Outreach

 The NSF I/UCRC program not only contributes to the nation's research infrastructure base; it also enhances the capacity of the engineering and science workforce through the integration of research and education. The Ceramic and Composite Materials Center contributes significantly to the future workforce for the ceramic industry by training and educating students, providing exposure to industrial technology and industrial research procedures, and fostering opportunities for students to move easily into careers in a competitive field.

The center forms collaborations with researchers from other universities to bring in talent and expertise that complement the center's research interests, and serves as a central resource for sharing and transfering ceramic and polymer/ceramic composite knowledge, technology, and inventions.

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