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Research & Development

NYSP2I’s R&D Program focuses on applied research — research that will lead to near-term solutions to keep New York State companies competitive in the marketplace while reducing their environmental footprint.

R&D projects are conducted at NYSP2I's four partner universities: Rochester Institute of Technology, Clarkson University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the State University at Buffalo. Researchers at these universities are eligible to apply and receive R&D grant funding each year to promote the development and ultimate implementation of sound, innovative technologies or processes that can reduce environmental impacts and overall costs in NYS. To date, NYSP2I has funded 35 R&D projects, totaling nearly $2 million.

Contact us to learn how R&D funding can complement your efforts to solve process or product manufacturing challenges.

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R&D Student Competition: Students at any NYS college or university are also encouraged to participate in the annual Student Competition where teams of undergraduate and graduate students work on sustainability projects that address real world issues.

How to Apply for Funding: If you are currently a faculty/staff member of one of our four partner universities, with a focus on elimination or substitution of toxic chemicals, overall waste reduction and energy & water efficiency opportunities, you may be eligible for NYSP2I’s R&D funding. Please read our most recent Request for Proposals and consider applying! We will be accepting new proposals each Fall.

Test Beds: As a major element of our R&D program, we have established a number of pollution prevention test beds across our partner universities to be used for research. A testbed is a technology development or demonstration facility, laboratory or other platform for use in experimentation for technology development projects that support the goals of NYSP2I. Test beds allow for rigorous, transparent and replicable testing and validation of technologies, scientific theories, analytical tools and other new technologies for demonstration to NYS industries, university researchers, government agencies, non-profit organizations and citizens. Click on the university logos below to view completed NYSP2I R&D projects and test bed facilities.

Clarkson

Past Projects

Technology validation for collection and inactivation of toxic waste from CMP processes
Principal Investigator(s):
E. Silvana Andreescu, S.V. Babu
Liquid-phase electrical discharge plasmas for inactivation of pathogens and spoilage organisms in fruit juices and milk
Principal Investigator(s):
Selma Mededovic
Transforming Food Waste Digestate into Fertilizer for Controlled Environment Food Production
Principal Investigator(s):
Susan E. Powers, Stefan J. Grimberg
Stability of Cement Free Green Concrete in Aqueous Media and the Potential Environmental Impact
Principal Investigator(s):
Sulapha Peethamparan
Development of a Sustainable Cement Using Conch Shell Waste
Principal Investigator(s):
Sulapha Peethamparan
Evaluation of a Green Courtyard: Stormwater Reduction and Treatment to Mitigate Impact of Atmospheric Discharges of Aluminum Industry
Principal Investigator(s):
Stefan Grimberg

Test Beds at Clarkson

  • Green Processing via Process Intensification
  • Advanced Materials Synthesis for Pollution Reduction
  • Monitoring/ Sensors
  • Environmental Systems
  • Green Supply Chain Management
  • Biofuels Testing Facility
RIT

Past Projects

Secondary Applications for Transportation Batteries
Principal Investigator(s):
Nenad Nenadic, Gabrielle Gaustad
Scalable size separation technology to enhance recovery of metals from electronic wastes
Principal Investigator(s):
Callie Babbit, Gabrielle Gaustad
Microbial Fuel Cells for Prevention of Food Processing Wastewater Discharge
Principal Investigator(s):
Thomas A. Trabold
Performance Enhancement of Bioplastic Blends
Principal Investigator(s):
Carlos A. Diaz
Increasing the Reliability and Efficiency of Wind Turbines by Reducing Gearbox Friction and Wear
Principal Investigator(s):
Patricia Iglesias Victoria, Michael Haselkorn
Induction Heating of Steel for Improved Mechanical and Physical Properties and Energy Reduction
Principal Investigator(s):
Michael Haselkorn
SME Building and Process Monitoring for Energy Efficiency
Principal Investigator(s):
Michael Thurston
Assessment of Used Lithium Ion Batteries for Less-Demanding, Secondary Applications
Principal Investigator(s):
Nenad Nenadic, Gabrielle Gaustad
Computational Imaging-based Sorting Technologies for Recycling
Principal Investigator(s):
Jinwei Gu
Developing environmentally benign battery recycling processes: Characterizing "green" leaching agents
Principal Investigator(s):
Gabriel Gaustad
High Temperature Thermoelectric Device Testing for Waste Heat Power Generation
Principal Investigator(s):
Robert Stevens
Novel Anisotropic Conductive Adhesive for Low Temperature Lead-free Electronics Packaging
Principal Investigator(s):
S. Manian Ramkumar

Test Beds at RIT

  • Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Eco-IT
  • Fuel Cell
  • Microgrid
  • Vehicle Dynamics
  • Surface Cleaning Technology Evaluation Facility
  • Printing Applications Laboratory
  • Electronics Manufacturing and Assembly
  • Life Cycle Environmental Engineering of Nanomaterials
  • Bio-Fuel Energy System TestBed
RPI

Past Projects

Deep UV LEDs to Extend Storage Time of Agriculture Products and Reduce Waste
Principal Investigator(s):
Michael Shur
Simulation and Optimization of Ceramic Static Mixers for Sulfur Production, Energy Generation and Waste Incineration
Principal Investigator(s):
Joe Plawsky
Recycling and Regeneration of RTILs in Lignocellulosic Pretreatment
Principal Investigator(s):
Trevor Simmons
Analysis of the Effectiveness of Vector Wall Enhancements to the Claus Process
Principal Investigator(s):
Joe Plawsky
A Low Cost Bioreactor Module for Treatment of Food Wastes and Simultaneous Electricity Production
Principal Investigator(s):
James Kilduff
Development of a New Photocatalysts for Green Processing Applications
Principal Investigator(s):
Joe Plawsky

Test Beds at RPI

  • Computational Center for Nanotechnology Innovations (CCNI)
  • Polymer Processing and Testing
  • Membrane Process Test Facilities
UB

Past Projects

Smart lifeline systems for improving water and energy efficiency
Principal Investigator(s):
Salvatore Salamone
Design, Build and Test an Ultra-High Efficiency Primary Surface Heat Exchanger
Principal Investigator(s):
Joseph Mollendorf
Development of algae cultivation for nutrient recovery from the nearshore Great Lakes in Buffalo, New York
Principal Investigator(s):
David Blersch
Data-driven optimization of Buffalo Wastewater Treatment Plants (WWTPs): An Energy Perspective
Principal Investigator(s):
Rahul Rai
Engineered Yersiniabactin Biosynthesis for Industrial Wastewater Metal Retrieval
Principal Investigator(s):
Blaine Pfeifer
Feasibility Study of Antifouling Membranes for Wastewater Reuse
Principal Investigator(s):
Haiqing Lin
Intelligent Decision Enabled Application (IDEA) for Energy Efficient Additive Manufacturing
Principal Investigator(s):
Rahul Rai
Assessment of Conventional Waste Management and Advanced Waste Treatment Systems in Removing Antibiotics, Hormones, and Antibiotic Resistance Genes from Dairy Manure
Principal Investigator(s):
Diana Aga
Technology for removal of oil from water and aimed at New York State pollution prevention
Principal Investigator(s):
Deborah Chung
Hybrid Antifouling Coatings for Freshwater Applications
Principal Investigator(s):
Frank Bright
Anti-corrosive Graphene Nanocomposite Coatings: An Active-Passive Environmentally friendly Alternative to Hexavalent Chromium Coatings
Principal Investigator(s):
Sarbajit Banerjee

Test Beds at UB

  • Aqueous Process Management
  • Sustainable Chemical Processes
  • Toxicology and Risk Reduction