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The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology PDF Print E-mail

“The CACT has been integral in solving several production problems that have facilitated our growth into new markets. Their training, analytical capabilities and expertise are unmatched, and their industry focus sets them apart.”

– Scott Bartkowski, president, Refractron Technologies Corp.

The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) specializes in applied and technical research to solve real-world problems, and this research easily converts into practicable, scaleable and marketable products and solutions. The CACT can help develop next-generation products or create new ones. It can also provide analytical services and help interpret the results.

In addition, the CACT can put a company in touch with other organizations to help it achieve its goals. The Alfred University's CACT has everything a company needs to advance its research and boost its bottom line.

Here at the CACT are depth and breadth. The latest technologies in materials science. Cutting-edge equipment and convenient facilities. Exceptionally diverse and accessible faculty members. Plus a wide range of research options available to help a company gain or maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace. Even change the world.


History PDF Print E-mail

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. There are now 15 CATs in New York State funded by the New York State Office of Science, Technology & Academic Research, also known as NYSTAR. Each CAT receives funding to form partnerships with New York State industrial companies.

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

Past its 20th anniversary, the CACT was recently redesignated to provide an outcomes-based approach to research. Economic impact to New York State is now built into every new research program.

Focus PDF Print E-mail

The focus at Alfred University’s CACT is advanced ceramic materials and processing, which include electronic ceramics… high-temperature structural ceramics… photonic ceramics and glasses… bioceramics and glasses… whitewares… advanced manufacturing processes, including nanostructured processing capabilities… computer modeling and simulation… and electromagnetic processing.

Mission PDF Print E-mail

Our Vision is to provide comprehensive ceramics-based solutions to technology companies within New York State and points beyond.

The mission of the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) is fostering economic development by partnering with New York State technology firms.  It applies Alfred University's unique expertise in ceramics and glass to the needs of industrial partners, whether through analytical services, consulting, or applied research.  Also representing the university’s internal stakeholders, the CACT promotes faculty research and facilitates relationships between academic and industrial partners.


Industry Advisors

As a complement, the Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) is building a "Team" of Industry Advisors from a broad spectrum of industries experienced in a wide range of industries such as Energy, Healthcare, and Environment.

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The Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology is sponsored by the New York State Foundation for Science, Technology and Innovation.

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Short Courses

For those interested in increasing their expertise in the field of ceramics and glasses, or those just being introduced, Short Courses are a good option. Designed for professionals in the ceramics and glass industry, these intensive courses offer a chance to update knowledge of the field in a short period of time.  Courses range from detailed, in-depth examinations of very specific topics to broader introductory classes.

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