The key focus areas of the Industrial Research and Innovation Center are Nanomaterials, Energy Technology, Polymer and Polymer Composites, Biotechnology, Electrochemical Processing, Electronic Materials & Joining Processes and Microheat Exchange Systems. Our research activities involve synthesis, characterization, modification, and applications of a variety of nanomaterials and nanocomposites Synthesized nanomaterials include: carbon nanotubes, graphene, TiO2 nanostructures, bismuth nanohexagons, metal nanoparticles such as gold, silver, platinum, palladium, and zinc. Graphene-TiO2 nanocomposites,, nanostructured iron oxides, and nanostructured aluminosilicates. Methods of synthesis include: chemical vapor deposition, electrodeposition, hydrothermal and sol-gel. These materials are being used in dye-sensitized solar cells, electrochemical sensors, and drug delivery.