2014 Seed Funding Program

The Illinois Applied Research Institute was pleased by the results of its 2014 Seed Funding Program. 35 proposals were submitted by researchers and faculty from across the entire University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign community.

The ARI expects these infusions of seed funding to lead to the development of future applied research programs in partnership with University of Illinois faculty. These programs constitute new avenues of engagement with the campus, mission-driven agencies, and commercial entities. Great advances in scientific understanding regularly occur on the University of Illinois campus and the ARI is looking to translate those ideas into scalable solutions to immediate and pressing problems. 

Winners of the 2014 seed funding round included the following:

Big Data/Data Analytics

Manufacturing Prototypes for Point-of-Care Diagnostics Using Widely Available Personal Glucose Meters and Wireless Data Transmission and Analytics

PI: Yi Lu, Professor of Chemistry
ARI TPOC: Brent Trenhaile, ARI Senior Research Scientist

Visual Analytics Workflow for Identifying Microbiome-Phenotypic Relationships

PI: Kelly Swanson, Associate Professor of Animal and Nutritional Sciences
Co-PI: Colleen Bushell, Senior Research Programmer, Visual Analytics, NCSA
ARI TPOC: Jeff Binder, ARI Director
More about the Visual Analytics Workflow project on the ARI blog.


Plasma/Laser-material Interactions

Destruction of Carbon Dioxide and Industrial Feedstock Formation in Microchannel Plasma Array Reactors

PI: J. Gary Eden, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
ARI TPOC: Shailendra Srivastava, ARI Senior Research Scientist

Harnessing Directed Plasma Nanosynthesis: In-situ Rational Design of Nanostructured Multifunctional Interfaces for Energy, Biotech and Nuclear Materials

PI: J.P. Allain, Associate Professor of Nuclear, Plasma and Radiological Engineering
ARI TPOC: Shailendra Srivastava, ARI Senior Research Scientist


Advanced Materials

Advanced Materials: Rapid Materials Discovery

PI: James Eckstein, Professor of Physics
Co-PIs: Laura H. Greene, Professor of Physics; Daniel P. Shoemaker, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Jian-Min Zuo, Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
ARI TPOC: Santanu Chaudhuri, ARI Principal Research Scientist

Digital Projection Photochemical Etching for 3D Semiconductor Device Fabrication

PI: Lynford Goddard, Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
ARI TPOC: Shailendra Srivastava, ARI Senior Research Scientist

Novel Metal-Carbon Nanomaterials for Energy Transfer

PI: Iwona Jasiuk, Professor of Mechanical Science and Engineering
ARI TPOC: Mohamed Aboukhatwa, ARI Research Scientist

Verifiable Multi-Scale Modeling Approach for Optical Properties

PI: Andre Schleife, Assistant Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
ARI TPOC: Brent Trenhaile, ARI Senior Research Scientist