High Performance Materials

University of Dayton


University of Dayton


The University of Dayton (UD) is ranked second in the nation among all universities for its volume of sponsored research in materials. Its Center of Excellence in High Performance Materials is home to world-class faculty coupled with more than 190 professional and technical staff, whose research and development covers the range of high-performance materials and runs the gamut from basic to applied research, including product scale-up and prototype development. UD has attracted and successfully executed multiple Ohio Third Frontier Project awards in advanced materials and is the largest on-site collaborator at the Materials & Manufacturing Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), the premier U.S. Department of Defense lab for materials research and development with over 23 large programs collectively valued in excess of $120 million. With its deep and diverse technical expertise and experience, UD's Center of Excellence in High Performance Materials is uniquely poised to grow this sector of Ohio's economy.

Driving Economic Advancement

The center has been instrumental in the attraction or start-up of five materials-related companies. Through Third Frontier programs in advanced materials, the center has developed a value chain of Ohio academic and industry collaborators, and maintains competitiveness by focusing on discoveries and developments that have true commercial potential. The center has also been issued 23 patents in the past five years.


  • Nationally, UD is second only to Penn State University in its volume of sponsored materials research as reported by the National Science Foundation (2008)
  • UD's Materials Engineering graduate program is ranked 3rd in the nation in faculty scholarly productivity by the Chronicle of Higher Education (2007)


  • Increase annual growth in materials-related research by at least four percent
  • Attract a national federal center for materials R&D within five years
  • Enhance collaboration with industry, particularly Ohio businesses
  • Expand educational programs in strategic new areas Metrics
  • Number of peer-reviewed publications (in excess of 60 annually)
  • Annual research expenditures (currently at $39.7M to a goal of $50M in five years)
  • Number of jobs created in/attracted to Ohio (average of 10 per year)
  • Volume of industrially sponsored research and development
  • Contribution to Ohio's economy through IP licensing, and start-up and attraction of small materials-related businesses