Research Centers

The most significant transformation at Rensselaer over the past two decades has been the creation of a research portfolio of a size, significance, quality, and prominence that positions us to impact global challenges.

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Filtered by: Biotechnology and the Life Sciences , Energy, Water, Food

Institute-Wide Research Platforms Learn more about our world-class research platforms and how they push the boundaries of individual disciplines.

A collaborative research facility where more than 200 scientists and engineers perform fundamental, applied, and translational research to address human health and mitigate disease.

  • Biotechnology and the Life Sciences
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation

We serve a vital resource for a broad range of Rensselaer researchers and partners from industry, academe, and government, providing the technical capability and expertise to perform low-cost, high-performance cluster computing.

  • Computational Science and Engineering
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation
  • Energy, Water, Food

Our Center promotes next-generation development of electronic and optical devices, manufacturing and robotics, integrated biomaterial devices, energy harvesting and storage, and nanostructured composite materials, among other leading-edge technologies.

  • Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • Climate Change
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation

The Institute for Energy, the Built Environment, and Smart Systems, based in New York City, uses the most advanced digital technologies to drive decarbonization of urban environments at the systems level.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • Climate Change
  • National/Global Security

Institute-Wide Centers Learn more about each of our research centers and the global challenges they seek to address.

Originally established as a NY State-designated Center for Advanced Technology in 1989, the Center assists client companies with applied manufacturing R&D to help them meet specific business objectives so that they can grow and create jobs.

  • Energy, Water, Food

Our Center is developing advanced modeling, simulation, and imaging technology to rapidly translate biomedical research from the lab to clinical practice in highly collaborative, bench-to-bedside approaches.

  • Biotechnology and the Life Sciences
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation

This Center provides a platform for astrobiologists to collaborate on research that spans from the origin and composition of organic compounds in space and the emergence of life on Earth, to the study of Earth’s extreme ecosystems and the potential for life beyond our planet.

  • Biotechnology and the Life Sciences

School Centers The research centers at Rensselaer are at the core of the work we do to tackle the urgent global challenges of today.

Researchers work to develop bio-inspired artificial photosynthetic devices for solar fuel production through research that promotes a fuller understanding of the chemistry behind the biological solar energy conversion of plants.

  • Biotechnology and the Life Sciences
  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Climate Change
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • School of Science

Rensselaer serves as a key partner of this Center, which is at the forefront of developing a nationwide or continentwide transmission grid that is fully monitored and controlled in real time for high efficiency and reliability, full energy storage utilization, and better renewable energy integration.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • School of Engineering

A major research facility for Rensselaer's School of Engineering, this center supports research in nuclear engineering, nuclear physics, radiation effects in electronics, radiation processing of materials, computed tomography, and other industrial processes.

  • Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • School of Engineering

The Center develops next-generation solid-state lighting systems that combine lighting sources, sensors, and controls that have the power to transform the way we live, work, and communicate.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • School of Engineering

Our Center is a leading global institution that advances the effective use of light for health, the environment, and overall society through product development, testing, and evaluation.

  • Energy, Environment, and Smart Systems
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • School of Architecture

Our Center collaborates with industry to design, produce, and test novel polymers that can be applied to the study of protein folding and its effect on disease, the use of enzymes for polymer synthesis, the creation of more sustainable plastics, and polymer membrane development for fuel cells.

  • Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials
  • Disease/Disease Mitigation
  • Infrastructure Sustainability, Resilience
  • Energy, Water, Food
  • School of Science
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