Infrastructure for Technical Ceramics/Glass Development

The CACT at Alfred University specializes in applied and technical research that solves real-world problems to support practicable, scalable solutions in support of commercializing cutting edge products and solutions.

At Alfred University's CACT, industrial partners gain access to the resources and expertise needed to advance your company's research and boost your bottom line. As the only institution in the country to offer a glass science PhD program and one of only two institutions dedicated to ceramic engineering, the CACT links firms into a unique skill set to solve challenges addressing a wide range of technical and research areas.

CACT can also provide support for programming with New York State-based companies, large and small, with matching funds provided through our annual operating contract with New York State's Division of Science, Technology and Innovation (NYSTAR). Whether it's a short-term analytical testing project or a long-term research and development program, CACT can lower your development costs and help ensure faster time to market for your technical ceramics and glass technology.


Bioceramics; Carbon-based composites; Electronic ceramics; Glass; Metal-ceramic composites; Optical materials; Polymers; Structural ceramics; Whitewares; Fuel cell materials; Energy storage materials

Microstructure; Atomistic structure of glass/ceramics; Defect behavior; Transport behavior; Multiscale modeling; Multiphysics modeling

Ceramic powders; Engineered nanoparticles; Specialty glass processing; Nanoscale fabrication; Thin/Thick film coatings; Tape casting; Hot/Cold isostatic pressing; Specialized sintering capabilities; Sol-gel processing (glasses, powders, films); Traditional ceramic processing

Electrical properties; Structural analysis; Mechanical behavior and fracture; Optical properties; Biocompatability; surface behavior and catalysis; Thermal properties; Spectroscopy