UA researchers are focused on sustainability and have achieved fundamental breakthroughs in energy generation and storage, plastics, CO2 capture, and more. Specific areas of impact include materials and processes for sustainability, environment-friendly packaging, upcycling consumer wastes, water purification and harvesting, fuel cells, natural gas utilization and storage, batteries, carbon-based functional materials, and photocatalysis.

Center for Tire Research (CenTiRe)

Director: Dr. Jae-Won Choi

The University of Akron and The University of Virginia operate The Center for Tire Research, a consortium of tire and tire-related industry members who offer technical advancement in the areas of tire and tire related materials, tire physics (including modeling), testing, manufacturing, and sustainability.

FirstEnergy Advanced Energy Research Center

Director: Dr. Steven S.C. Chuang

Also known as The Chuang Research Group, lead by Dr. Steven S.C. Chaung, The FirstEnergy Advanced Energy Research Center researches CO2 capture and utilization, solid oxide fuel cells, natural gas utilization and storage, Li+/Al batteries, carbon-based functional materials, and photocatalysis to better understand the impact improved technologies have on our energy systems.

National Center for Education and Research on Corrosion and Materials Performance (NCERCAMP)

Director: Dr. Scott Lillard

NCERCAMP draws from the expertise of more than 30 faculty members to provide corrosion and materials performance solutions to industry and government organizations. The center is home to a multimillion-dollar suite of equipment to provide research, testing and analysis in many ways.

National Polymer Innovation Center (NPIC)

The National Polymer Innovation Center offers solutions in pilot-scale processing, surface and structural analysis, physical and chemical characterization, and more.


Dr. Ajay Mahajan
Associate Dean for Research & Industrial Engagement

Phone: 330-972-6033