Research Facilities

Centers and Institutes

isolated nerve cuff biomedical implant

Advanced Platform Technology Center

A Department of Veterans Affairs-run Center of Excellence for Rehabilitation Research and Development, focusing on the practical medical needs of individuals disabled by sensorimotor dysfunction, cognitive deficits or limb loss. 

Center for Advanced Polymer Processing

Develops new advanced and functional multiphase complex materials and optimizes the performance of existing ones by integrating the most advanced experimental and computational capabilities. 

sedimentation tank project in Cruce de Blanco, the Dominican Republic

Center for Engineering Action

Purpose, Projects, People. Training the next generation of innovative problem solvers to advance the public good. 

3-D rendering of human brain and spinal cord

Cleveland FES Center

Studies and applies neuroprostheses that use functional electrical stimulation to replace damaged neurons.

Electro-ceramics Group

Applies materials technology to real-life applications and develops new materials for extreme environmental conditions.

Gelfand Global STEMpower Initiative

The Gelfand Global STEMpower Initiative at Case Western Reserve University is a collaboration with STEMpower, an organization that promotes pre-university STEM education in Ethiopia and neighboring countries as a means of fostering peace and economic development in the region. 

Industrial Assessment Center

Case Western Reserve University has received a grant to establish a new U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Assessment Center. 

Rethink Robotics Baxter robot

Integrated Robotics Center

Using a cross-discipline approach to bring creativity, knowledge and expertise to the creation of robotic systems, with a specific focus on exploration, intelligence, movement, manufacturing and health care

Solar Panel and Sunflower

SDLE Research Center

Studies solar photovoltaic and other outdoor exposed technologies using degradation science, data science and analytics.

exterior of Sears think[box]

Sears think[box]

Sears think[box] is open for active students, staff, and faculty of CWRU, CIA, and LCCC from 12p-7p on weekdays. We continue to offer remote services for our community members and alumni who are unable to visit our facility.

Please click on the appropriate button below to learn how you can engage with think[box] this spring.

Research Labs

  • Nano Tech

    Advincula Research Group

    Develops ultrathin or superhydrophobic film coatings, packaging films using nanocomposites and other needs of the oil and gas industry.

  • Human Anatomical Heart

    Biomedical Imaging Laboratory

    Develops image analysis methods (registration, machine learning, etc.) for detection, staging and treatment evaluation of patient cardiovascular disease, and develops cryo-imaging methods for preclinical research in cancer and stem cells.

  • Red Blood Cells

    BioMicroSystems Laboratory

    Develops next-generation implantable device technologies to restore human function by interfacing with the nervous system, and point-of-care monitoring platforms for personalized healthcare.

  • MRI Brain Scan

    Brain Image Computing Lab

    Develops computational neuro-informatics methods to analyze imaging for characterizing physiological, molecular and pathological phenotypes to predict patient outcome and evaluate response to treatment.

  • Brain

    Capadona Lab

    Studies the conditions that lead to neural implant failure and explores avenues to improve performance of these devices.

  • Windmill

    Center for Control and Energy Systems

    Develops advanced control engineering solutions for renewable energy, wind turbines, power systems, water treatment plants, radio telescopes, spacecraft and industrial applications.

  • Firefighter putting out fire

    Computational Fire Dynamics Laboratory

    Advances fundamental fire science (e.g. microgravity combustion, solid pyrolysis) and studies the fire behaviors in unique conditions (e.g. aircraft, spacecraft, forest fire).

  • worm robot

    Daltorio Lab

    Seeks to make robots more capable with biological inspiration


  • Energy Information Dashboard

    Trains newcomers on the fundamentals of wholesale electricity and futures markets, and develops the first electricity market simulator aimed at pedagogical use.

  • Wind Turbine

    Energy Lab

    Studies the fundamental electrochemical processes in ionic liquids, and designs nonflammable electrolytes for energy storage and conversion

  • Phillip Feng Portrait

    Feng Research Group

    Develops nanoscale devices for computing building blocks using emerging semiconductors, as well as silicon carbide materials, hardware for harsh environments, and biomedical, photonic and quantum technologies.

  • Brain

    Fietkiewicz Lab

    Applies computational modeling to study neuroscience and develops high-performance computing and parallel programming methods for scientific applications.

  • Microstructure imaging

    Frank Ernst Research Group

    Researches alloy surface engineering, plated metallization, metal-oxide interfaces and materials for fuel cells, photovoltaics, and nanotechnology

  • Heart Rate

    Galan Lab

    Investigates systems biology and neuroscience, including the link between heart and brain in epilepsy, and the development of biomarkers for autism from brain activity.

  • Illustration of human spine

    Gustafson Lab

    Develops neural protheses that limit urinary tract dysfunction by restoring the spine's bladder control

  • Researcher pipetting in lab

    Hore Research Group

    Uses theory, simulation and experimentation to study physical phenomena in polymeric systems

  • cochlea and antenna

    Integrated Circuits and Sensor Physics Lab

    Explores novel sensor physics and electronics to create precise, miniaturized and low-cost instrumentation that closely integrates sensing, computation and actuation.

  • MRI Scans

    INVent Lab

    Develops novel medical image analytics and machine learning tools for disease diagnosis, intervention and treatment evaluation

  • Data

    Koyuturk Group

    Develops algorithms and computational solutions to problems in systems biology, computational genomics and other applications that involve complex networks.

  • Lab Research

    Laboratory for Biomedical Sensing

    Studies electrochemical and optical sensing of cellular constructs, including single cells, 3D model tissue and clinical diagnostics.

  • Flourescent Polymer

    Lei Zhu's Group

    Studies dielectric polymers and nanocomposites for electrical and power applications.

  • Dry Adhesive

    Liming Dai's Group

    Develops controlled macromolecules and methods to synthesize fine nanomaterials, and studies the material hazards.

  • Molten metal in mold

    Materials Science Metallography Lab

    Department of Materials Science and Engineering "MetLab" with equipment for grinding/polishing, mounting, sectioning, testing, microscopy and more

  • Brain

    McIntyre Lab

    Seeks to improve deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of movement disorders and provide technology for the application of DBS to new clinical arenas

  • mechanical engineering students working on a cockroach robot

    Medical Robotics and Computer Integrated Surgery Group

    Develops medical applications of robotics and other information technologies, specifically robotic systems for surgery and interventional medicine, human-machine interfaces, haptics, virtual reality surgical simulators and modeling and simulation of complex biological systems.

  • Microstructure

    Mesoscale Science Lab

    Creates experimental techniques to develop a physical understanding of processing-structure-property relationships of crystalline and amorphous materials

  • Tad Blocks

    nanoEngineering Laboratory

    Conducts heat transfer and data analytics related research pertaining to areas such as thermal insulation, thermal management and building energy efficiency

  • Seismogram

    Pollino Research Group

    Performs static and dynamic experimental testing of large-scale structures and civil infrastructure under serviceability and high-hazard loading

  • Human Anatomical Heart

    Rollins Lab

    Uses optical coherence tomography, optical mapping and light sheet microscopy to improve image-guided treatment and gain a better understanding of biological systems.

  • Nano Particles

    Sankaran Laboratory

    Studies chemical reactions via non-equilibrium plasmas, and engineers processes to synthesize and process materials at the nano and micro scales.

  • MRI Machine

    Seiberlich Lab

    Advances MRI imaging with a technique that is up to 16x faster for the real-time visualisation of cardiac and abdominal movement in 3D.

  • Red Blood Cells

    Sen Gupta Lab

    Bio-inspired Engineering for Advanced Therapies

    Studies multi-scale mechanisms of vascular and cancer pathologies, and develops bio-inspired materials and drug delivery systems to treat these disease conditions.

  • Plant Leaves

    Steinmetz Lab

    Develops plant virus-based drug delivery, immunotherapies, clinical imaging and material synthesis.

  • prosthetic arm

    Tyler Lab

    Explores stimulation and recording devices, and systems and techniques for advanced interfaces with neural tissue for novel prosthetics, neuromodulation devices and their clinical implementation.

  • Cancer Scans

    Zheng-Rong Lu's Group

    Develops novel imaging agents for early detection and diagnosis of cancer, and explores simple, smart and clinically translatable delivery systems for gene therapy.