Unlike traditional research programs, the NCE at ASU is a transdisciplinary cluster of researchers and scholars who work together on solutions that encompass technical, social, economic and regulatory factors. The NCE includes participants from the School of Sustainability and Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. 

Core areas of research and project activity are:

  • Technology & Material Innovations – Research teams are working on products ranging from nanoparticles for solar-thermal appliances, surface treatments that control temperatures of built environment structures, and alternatives to conventional building and paving materials.
  • Policy Innovations – As regional and national governments seek effective ways to address climatic and energy impacts for our rapidly urbanizing planet there exists a need for sound science and engineering support that bridge the needs of industry with those of public welfare. Researchers at the National Center of Excellence use an array of models, observations and experimentation to quantify risks to human health, security, economy and environment from current approaches to regulatory frameworks. Through this fundamental research we are able to then develop innovative alternatives for adaptation and mitigation strategies.

Existing and past industry partners of the National Center of Excellence include BASF, Dial Corp, Henkel, Intel, CEMEX, Raytheon, Ford Motor Company, AT&T and the Asphalt Pavement Alliance. Governmental partners include the United Nations Environment Programme, US Environmental Protection Agency, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Energy, NASA, as well as the cities of London, Beijing, Seoul, Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Houston , Maricopa County and King County Washington.