Center for Advanced Materials (CAM)


The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) addresses research and development of advanced materials and their fundamental science while maintaining a strong applications focus. CAM develops new materials leading to technologies of importance to the nation’s scientific and technological programs in its industry-academia-government partnership. CAM R&D is focused in the areas of energy materials: photovoltaics, fuel cells, and supercapacitors; in nanoelectronics materials: graphene and resistive memory, and in materials at the physical-biological interface: bio sensors and detectors. CAM moves these and other basic science materials advances into technologies which in partnership with industry are brought to the commercial sector for economic and social benefit.

Throughout the history of CAM there has been critical and significant focus on sustainability, productivity and return on investment. This is witnessed by the applications focus of CAM and its resultant interaction with industry, by pursuit of state and federal grants and contracts, and by development and advancement of Intellectual Property from which resource flow. CAM developed a major IP marketing strategy that has served the center extremely well with over $6.2M of funding directly related to industry interest in CAM IP. CAM has historically garnered over $70M of federal funds of a total of $104M cash and in-kind funding since inception.

CAM undertakes research and development under a structure of “Projects” headed by Project Leaders who have responsibility for the scientific, technical and financial productivity of their Project.

Current CAM projects include:

  1. Photovoltaics & Nanostructures
  2. Nanoelectronics & Nanoenergetics Materials
  3. Advanced Oxides
  4. Optoelectronic Materials & 2D Systems
  5. Space Materials Science