Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology

Alfred University's CACT is one of 15 Centers for Advanced Technology located across New York State created to speed technology transfer from universities to the marketplace. The CACT at Alfred University specializes in applied and technical research that solves real-world problems to provide practicable, scalable solutions in support of commercializing cutting edge products and solutions.

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Engineering Short Courses

For those interested in increasing their expertise in the field of ceramics and glasses, or for those just being introduced, our engineering short courses are a great option.

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Analytical Testing Capabilities

The CACT is pleased to provide analytic testing services to the general public. Various ceramic, glass and kiln firing test services are available.

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First designated in 1987, the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology is one of the 15 Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) the State of New York created to speed technology transfer from universities to the marketplace. New York State funds each CAT through Empire State Development's Division of Science, Technology & Innovation (NYSTAR). Each CAT receives funding to form partnerships and support industrial development programming with New York State companies.

The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) was founded at Alfred University's New York State College of Ceramics which provides it with a strong foundation of education and research in ceramics and glass. The College of Ceramics is a world-renowned ceramics and glass science school, with one of the only glass science PhD programs in the country.

Now past its 30th anniversary, the CACT was recently redesignated to provide an outcomes-based approach to research. Economic impact to New York Sate is now built into every new research program.


The focus at Alfred University's CACT is advanced ceramic materials and processing which includes:

  • Electronic Ceramics
  • High-Temperature Structural Ceramics
  • Photonic Ceramics and Glasses
  • 3D and Additive Manufacturing of Ceramics
  • Whitewares
  • Advanced Manufacturing Processes (including Nanostructured Processing Capabilities)
  • Computer Modeling and Simulation
  • Electromagnetic Processing