The mission of the CCMC is to develop new, interdisciplinary technologies to increase the level of ceramic and particulate science, technology and engineering and to transfer these technologies to its industrial members to foster the development of competitive, reproducible ceramic and composite materials, for advanced, high performance systems.
The CCMC mission inherently recognizes the opportunity afforded by the formation of a multiuniversity science and engineering center that has both a strong chemical synthesis component and an equally strong processing capability. This combination provides the intellectual leadership to meet future ceramic, polymer/ceramic composite and nano science and technology needs of our Member Companies. The focus will be on developing a technology base that will lead to the development of competitive, reproducible ceramic products that:
- Can be manufactured by robust, high-yield and environmentally friendly processes
- Contain chemically and physically tailored microstructures
- Are cost efficient to manufacture
- Can be tailored to specific applications
- Are based on the best innovative science, technology and engineering practices
The following goals were established to accomplish the Center's mission:
- Promote close interaction among the UNM, Rutgers and Penn State researchers to develop an interdisciplinary research program in materials and processing with emphasis on developing new areas of ceramic technology such as polymer ceramic composites, control of structure and porosity on small length scales and nanostructured particles and surfaces
- Forge collaborative research alliances with outstanding researchers from other universities to bring in talent and expertise to compliment the Center's Research
- Develop new science, technology and novel concepts to overcome the underlying problems common to ceramic and related materials, products and processes - these problems include retention of useful electronic and dielectric properties in thin films and lamellar structures, control of nano structure, microstructure and mesostructure in thin films and monolithic materials, improved homogeneity, the achievement of useful ceramic properties at low processing temperatures and the preparation of nanoparticles
- Serve as an in-depth, expert resource for ceramic science and technology
- Transfer and exchange knowledge/technology and inventions to the Center's industrial members and Federal Government supporters
- Contribute to ceramic and materials education, by training and educating students including providing them exposure to industrial technology and industrial research procedures
- Become a focal point for networking in ceramic and allied areas of science and technology for exchange of ideas and to identify global needs and opportunities.