Research Centers & Institutes

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US DOE Energy Frontier Research Center - The Center for Revolutionary Materials for Solid State Energy Conversion will focus on solid state conversion of thermal energy to useful electrical power, both to increase the efficiency of traditional industrial energy processes and to tap new unused sources of energy such as solar thermal. Additionally materials with enhanced thermoelectric properties will find application in high efficiency, environmentally benign climate control systems.
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The Automotive Research Experiment Station provides students with the distinctive opportunity to be involved in multidisciplinary research and characteristics of the nature of work within the automobile industry.
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Founded with a mission of illuminating and harnessing the power of evolution in action to advance science and technology and benefit society. Research at BEACON focuses on biological evolution, digital evolution, and evolutionary applications in engineering, uniting biologists who study natural evolutionary processes with computer scientists and engineers who are harnessing these processes to solve real-world problems.
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The Center for Anti-Counterfeiting and Product Protection (A-CAPP) is the first and preeminent academic body focusing upon the complex global issues of anti-counterfeiting and product protection of all products, across all industries, in all markets on strategies to work effectively to detect, deter, and respond to the crime.
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To promote research applied to education in the College of Engineering and, more broadly, to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education across the university.
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The Center for Innovation and Research has been created through a formal partnership agreement between Sparrow Health System and Michigan State University. It will bring together potential innovators between MSU and Sparrow and support the formation of partnerships within and beyond the boundaries of our separate systems. The MSU/Sparrow Center for Innovation and Research should be a hub for collaboration that fosters the creative spirit and encourages innovative thought. Not simply an office space, the Center should be seen as one that brings out the best in individuals and groups as they begin to identify problems, design new approaches, strategies, processes and technologies that address care problems and challenges. The Center will champion innovators to bring them to the point of care.
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Our mission is to develop nanostructured, biomimetic-interface architectures that express membrane-protein activities and can be used to produce high-value devices and processes.
Composite materials are a new class of materials that combine two or more separate components into a form suitable for structural applications. While each component retains its identity, the new composite material displays macroscopic properties superior to its parent constituents, particularly in terms of mechanical properties and economic value.
A center of excellence for the design and testing of composite structures for light-weight, environment-friendly, durable and safe vehicles.
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The Fraunhofer USA Center for Coatings and Diamond Technologies, in partnership with Michigan State University, provides innovative R&D services based on its expertise in coating and diamond technology.
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Our mission is to apply cutting-edge research to help create a new generation of sustainable bioenergy feedstocks, processing technologies and fuels.