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Alfred University to dedicate high-temperature laboratory

State Senator Catharine Young will join Alfred University President Charles M. Edmondson and Doreen Edwards, dean of the Kazuo Inamori School of Engineering, to dedicate the Center for High-Temperature Characterization at Alfred University at 1:15 p.m. Friday. 

The Center for High-Temperature Characterization, which contains five suites of highly specialized equipment for analyzing materials that are either processed or used at very high temperatures (1300-degrees C), was created with funding from New York State.

Senator Young was instrumental in securing the original $4 million allocation from New York State. The Western New York Regional Economic Development Council awarded an additional $2.9 million for the equipment in the first round of funding through the state’s new process of allocating funds for economic development projects.

In the past year, the Center for High-Temperature Characterization has been critical in Alfred University researchers securing about $3 million in highly competitive grants from the National Science Foundation, the federal Department of Energy and the Defense Department.

Additionally, General Electric received $2 million in New York State Energy Research and Development Authority funding for NY-BEST, the state's battery initiative. GE, in turn, has contracted with Alfred University to undertake characterization and analytical work on the new battery materials at a cost of $1.2 million. 

In addition to the research projects, the high-temperature materials characterization center is doing analytical work for New York State companies including Corning Incorporated, Corning; TAM Ceramics, Niagara Falls; Cummins Engine, Jamestown; Dal-Tile and Cooper Power, Olean;Free Form Fibers, Saratoga Springs; Air Flow Catalyst Systems, Rochester, and Ceragen, Alfred.