Aerogel Fabrication, Characterization and Applications Lab
The Aerogel Lab is an interdisciplinary, collaborative facility for faculty and student researchers in chemistry and mechanical engineering. Aerogels are ultra-light materials with unusual physical properties that make them attractive for many applications, including high-insulation windows, oil spill clean-up, fluid drag reduction, automotive exhaust treatment and chemical sensors. Union holds a student-initiated patent on a fabrication method for aerogels.
Environmental Science Labs and Faculty Offices
The first floor also houses research laboratory space for faculty and students studying environmental science, including plant and animal responses to their environment, the effects of human-caused global change on communities and ecosystems, and the feedbacks between human and animal populations as they relate to disease transmission. Much of the research conducted here applies to fundamental questions in conservation, public policy and economics. Research methods include field work in New York and beyond, laboratory manipulation of environmental conditions, and computer modeling and simulation. The area also houses an environmental science faculty office suite.