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Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering
The primary mission of the Center for Electrochemical Science and Engineering of Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) is to forge industry-IIT partnerships 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 at IIT 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 (CEPSE) 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 of IIT, 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 IIT, which includes characterization facilities at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) 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.
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Affiliated Research Centers

Center for Complex Systems and Dynamics
CCSD provides an interdisciplinary collaborative environment for fundamental and applied research for understanding and mathematically describing 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.
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Engineering Center For Diabetes Research and Education
ECDRE's objective is to use engineering techniques to develop treatment modalities for diabetes and its many complications. ECDRE is the first center in the U.S. to focus on diabetes treatment. IIT 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 the campus of IIT.
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Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)
IFSH at IIT's Moffett Campus is a food research consortium comprised of IIT, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (Division of Food Processing, Science, and Technology), and the food industry, 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.
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Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (WISER)
WISER develops close collaborations among numerous programs at IIT with a focus on development of energy-related inter-professional 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. IIT 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 goal is to play a major role in identifying future research directions for shaping national energy policy and sustainability initiatives.
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