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Research Institutes & Initiatives

Biologically-Inspired and Resource-Conserving Advanced Materials (BRAVE)

BRAVE is a Drexel DARE research initiative involving faculty from numerous Drexel colleges and schools that is designed to stake out a national leadership role in the synthesis and processing of new materials. BRAVE will drive new frontiers in materials design and processing innovation, enabling new materials with biologically-inspired function and properties tailored to address challenging societal problems related to energy and water consumption.

The AJ Drexel Nanomaterials Institute (DNI)

The DNI was established in January 2003 to coordinate interdisciplinary research, education and outreach, and strategic partnerships in nanotechnology for all of Drexel University. Faculty, students, and industry partners collaborate in activities ranging from core research to improving the public’s understanding and interest in nanoscale materials.

The AJ Drexel Institute for Energy and the Environment (IExE)

IExE was formed to conduct research and scholarly activities that advance energy policies, systems, and technologies in the rapidly changing energy landscape of the 21st century.  Serving as thought leaders, IExE faculty and students are committed to shaping a sustainable energy future for the benefit of current and future generations the world over.  Born out of the ongoing energy renaissance, the IExE brings together individuals from the public sector, academia, industry and the environmental community, ensuring that all facets of multi-dimensional energy opportunities and challenges are explored. 

The Nanotechnology InstituteTM (NTI)

NTI is southeastern Pennsylvania’s first multi-institutional partnership created to accelerate nanotechnology research, commercialization and company formation. This technology powerhouse was created in 2000 by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern Pennsylvania (BFTP/SEP), Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania. Today, NTI accelerates regional economic development by connecting industry with university assets through its thirteen member research institutions. The NTI is an initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Community of Economic Development and is funded by the Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority.

In 2011, the NTI was awarded an Honorable Mention at the International Economic Development Council’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards, in the category of Partnerships with Educational Institutions.