~ A proposed National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center ~
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The CDP aims to develop an international leadership position and train next-generation scientists in the fundamental material science and engineering that underpins dielectric and piezoelectric materials. The center will support industries based on capacitor and piezoelectric materials and devices through the development of new materials, processing strategies, electrical testing, and nanoscale structural characterization methodologies.
CDP is a joint collaboration between North Carolina State University (NCSU) and The Pennsylvania State University (PSU). The Center has approximately 26 faculty members from both universities, primarily from Materials Science and Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Textile Engineering. The Center will support major industries based on capacitor and piezoelectric materials and devices, through the development of new materials, processing strategies, electrical testing, and nanoscale structural characterization methodologies. We believe a Center such as CDP will help these types of companies, particularly in terms of materials development, reliability, and thin-film integration.
Innovations in the dielectrics and piezoelectrics industrial sectors often arise from research advances in materials chemistry, synthesis, and/or manufacturing that enable new materials and device functionality. A broad and diverse number of material challenges across the capacitor- and piezoelectric-based industries will be addressed by research thrusts within the CDP. In many of these areas, the CDP faculty members are international leaders and have unique capabilities to drive, or push, research innovations for next-generation materials and devices. Our aim is to engage companies across the supply chain, i.e. ones that manufacture dielectric and piezoelectric materials, component manufacturers, and end users, who will provide the technological pull for CDP research activities.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) program is designed to promote partnerships among industry, universities, and government. Each Center conducts research of interest to both the industrial and academic partners and cooperatively shares these research findings with all industrial partners that provide financial support to the Center through annual membership fees.
To industry and other organizations with research needs, the program provides the opportunity to leverage research and development dollars and acquire external technologies through membership in multi-university Centers with diverse and renowned research capabilities.
To universities with research capabilities, the program provides opportunities to partner with other leading institutions to conduct industrially relevant research, receive seed funding and recognition as a National Science Foundation (NSF) research center with access to professional resources and guidance aimed towards enhancing global competitiveness.
Currently there are about 50 I/UCRCs, serving the R&D needs of industrial members and developing students who are knowledgeable in industrially relevant research.