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UB’s CMI Awards Fund to Develop Drag-reducing Xerogel-type Hull Coating

Published on 2017-01-19. Author : SpecialChem

UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics (CMI) has awarded over $170,000 to five projects with commercial potential that showcase collaboration between a UB faculty member and an industry partner.


Clean Room
UB researchers inside the clean room at
Davis Hall. Photo: Douglas Levere

Funding Projects with Commercial Potential

UB CMI
Mark Swihart, executive
director UB’s New York
State Center of Excellence
in Materials Informatics

To be eligible for funding through the CMI, UB faculty members submitted brief proposals that were scored by a team of experts based on technology, industry interest, funding impact and relevance to materials informatics.

We are thrilled with the prospect of the economic impact each of these projects will have for the region,” says Mark Swihart, UB Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering and CMI’s executive director. “Some of UB’s top researchers are at the helm of these exciting innovations and will continue their life-changing work with industry support.”

Coating to Reduce Drag between Boat Hull and Water


Michael Detty, professor, Department of Chemistry, working with industry collaborator Integument Technologies of Tonawanda was awarded $40,000 for his project titled –

Development of a drag-reducing xerogel-type coating for watercraft

Researchers will develop a unique coating technology that will reduce the drag (friction) between a boat hull and water, which will result in faster hull speeds, increased fuel efficiency and greater range.

CMI leverages UB’s cutting-edge materials science, big data analytics and advanced manufacturing expertise to drive critical research and development activities that directly impact private sector growth.

About University of Buffalo

The State University of New York at Buffalo is a public research university with campuses in Buffalo and Amherst, New York, United States. It is commonly referred to as the University at Buffalo (UB) or SUNY Buffalo, and it was formerly known as the University of Buffalo. The university was founded in 1846 as a private college, but in 1962 merged with the State University of New York (SUNY) system. By enrollment, UB is the largest in the SUNY system, and also the largest public university in the northeastern United States (consisting of New York state and the New England region). UB also has the largest endowment and research funding, as a comprehensive university center in the SUNY system.

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