Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering
The primary mission of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering is to forge partnerships between Illinois Tech and industry for the development and commercialization of electrochemical technologies for stationary and mobile applications. To achieve this objective, the center carries out basic and applied research and provides strategic direction and operational support as required in cooperative research with industry. The center develops innovative educational programs with concentrations or specializations in electrochemical science and engineering. Research and analytical results are communicated and transferred to the industry.
Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering
The Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering (CEOSE) at Illinois Tech is an interdisciplinary research and education center devoted to the advancement of polymer science and engineering. The primary mission of the Center of Excellence in Polymer Science and Engineering is to conduct an interdisciplinary education, research, and technology transfer program in polymer science and engineering. The program’s major objectives are conducting fundamental and applied research designed to evaluate and improve existing polymer processes and technologies, develop new processes and technologies, and to educate scientists and engineers at all degree levels by providing competence in the fundamentals of polymer science and engineering as they relate to their basic disciplines.
Particle Technology and Crystallization Center
The Particle Technology and Crystallization Center (PTCC) is devoted to the development of fundamental knowledge, methods, and strategies in the areas of nucleation, crystallization, particle technology, and characterization that will result in faster development of new pharmaceutical compounds, development of new solid forms, and a reduced time to bring a new compound to market. This center is a collaboration between Illinois Tech, Purdue University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A unique mechanism for addressing these important problems in particle technology and crystallization in the pharmaceutical industry arises from the combination of the particle technology and crystallization group at Illinois Tech. This includes characterization facilities at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory; the expertise provided by the Department of Industrial and Physical Pharmacy at Purdue University in polymorphism, materials science, spectroscopic analysis, and manufacturing; and MIT in benchmarking and process analysis.
Affiliated Research Centers
Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics (CCSD)
The Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics provides an interdisciplinary collaborative environment for fundamental and applied research to understand and mathematically describe complex systems; developing mathematical and computational techniques for simulating, analyzing, and modifying their behavior; and applying these methods to various complex systems of national interest. Current research areas include nonlinear and stochastic phenomena in complex systems; multi-agent systems; complex networks and adaptive systems; natural and industrial ecologies; dynamics of multiphase systems; fluid turbulence; molecular level modeling of physical systems; brain electrophysiology and computational neuroscience; and transportation systems.
Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education (ECDRE)
The Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education's objective is to use engineering techniques to develop treatment modalities for diabetes and its many complications. ECDRE is the first center in the United States to focus on diabetes treatment. Illinois Tech faculty members, in collaboration with investigators and clinicians at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, are working on a variety of diabetes-related research projects. ECDRE is a component of the Pritzker Institute of Biomedical Science and Engineering, which is developing a biomedical research thrust on campus.
Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)
The Institute for Food Safety and Health at Illinois Tech’s Moffett Campus is a food research consortium comprised of the university, the United States Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (a division of Food Processing, Science, and Technology), and the food industry that was created to advance the safety and quality of our food supply through research and education. The faculty's extensive laboratory and pilot plant space support research in food processing, food packaging chemical constituents, and allergens.
Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER)
The Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research develops close collaborations among numerous programs at Illinois Tech with a focus on the development of energy-related interprofessional educational and research programs and proposals. The strategy of the institute is to use a least-cost path to improve energy efficiency, enhance power reliability and security, minimize pollution, and continue the de-carbonization of the global energy system. Illinois Tech researchers believe that the end point of this evolution will be electrification of most stationary energy uses with such high-tech renewables as photovoltaic, solar-thermal, and wind energy, and the use of hydrogen as the dominant transportation fuel in fuel-cell-powered electric vehicles. The institute also has plans to develop research and educational partnerships with the City of Chicago, State of Illinois, industry, national laboratories, and other universities. The institute’s goal is to play a major role in identifying future research directions for shaping national energy policy and sustainability initiatives.