Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Material Systems (CBIMMS)
The primary mission of the Center for Biologically Inspired Materials and Material Systems is to provide a greater understanding of mechanical properties associated with biological materials whose primary function is to sense and respond to environmental changes, and to develop and refine the necessary instrumentation required to characterize these properties at multiple scales.
Center for Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering (CBTE)
The program emphasizes research, education (both undergraduate and graduate) and interactions with industry. The research focus of the program is upon the action of proteins, cells and tissues -- and the materials (both natural and synthetic) with which they interact -- in natural biological processes, and in medical diagnosis and therapy. It applies the principles and experimental methods of engineering to improve the understanding of these phenomena, and uses this knowledge to develop solutions to practical as well as fundamental problems.
Fitzpatrick Institute for Photonics (FIP)
The goals of the Institute are to: train the commercial, technical and academic leaders of next generation broadband technologies; pioneer the establishment of photonics as an information science; and pioneer new approaches to industrial, governmental and interacademy collaboration. Research themes include quantum optics, opto-electronics, information spaces, and biophotonics.
Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (Triangle MRSEC)
The mission of the Triangle MRSEC is to have a major national and international impact in soft matter materials science through generation of new fundamental insights and theoretical understanding, new design principles, and new applications and uses for colloidal and macromolecular materials and their higher order assemblies.