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UB chemical engineer named head of materials informatics center

Mark T. Swihart, a chemical engineer who oversees the University at Buffalo’s nanotechnology research, has been named the executive director of the university’s New York State Center of Excellence in Materials Informatics.

Swihart, a UB distinguished professor of chemical and biological engineering, takes over for Alexander N. Cartwright, who served as interim executive director before his appointment as provost and executive vice chancellor of the State University of New York system.

The center combines the university’s materials science and advanced manufacturing expertise with data-intensive computer technology to try to develop and commercialize new, synthetic materials for use in 3D printing of metals, cheaper solar cells and improved medical devices. More than 50 UB faculty engage in materials-science research.

The center, which was established in 2012, is located within UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics and Life Sciences on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus and has a partnership with the Buffalo Manufacturing Works resource center.

Swihart has served as co-director of the center since 2012 and as director of UB’s 2020 Strategic Strength in Integrated Nanostructured Systems since 2007.

Swihart received the 2013 Jacob F. Schoellkopf Medal, given annually by the Western New York section of the American Chemical Society to honor outstanding work and service in the fields of chemical engineering or chemistry, and he is the co-holder of five U.S. patents.