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Use-inspired research  with purpose and impact

Use-inspired research
 with purpose and impact

Use-inspired research
 with purpose and impact

ASU is the fastest-growing research university

Over the last 10 years, ASU has emerged as the country’s fastest-growing research university among those with $100 million+ in annual research expenditures—ahead of Harvard, Yale, Duke and others. source: 2016 ASU in review – Inspiring the nation’s top innovators

ASU conducts use-inspired research, developing practical solutions to pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges of sustainability, especially as they relate to urban areas.

The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability research is transdisciplinary, bringing together multiple disciplines and leaders to create and share knowledge.

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30%-Efficient III-V/Silicon Tandem Solar Cells

The goal of this project is develop a silicon-based solar cell which contains Group III and V elements from the Periodic Table, arranged in layers which have the potential to increase the solar energy conversion efficiency to 30%.

Zachary Holman

Alliance for Innovation in Local Government

The Alliance for Innovation is a unique partnership between the Innovation Group, the International City/County Management Association and ASU to build the capacity to be innovative in local government. Through face-to-face networking opportunities and technology services, the Alliance for Innovation is transforming local governance through discovery and application of leading ideas and practices to better serve citizens and their communities.

Alteration of Mantel Peridotite: Geochemical Fluxes and Dynamics of Far from Equilibrium Transport

This project involves an interdisciplinary study of hydration, carbonation and oxidation of mantle peridotite interacting with aqueous fluids at temperatures below ~ 300C

Everett Shock

American Indian Policy Institute

The American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is the first program in the United States to effectively address policy and leadership challenges in Indian country.

Traci Morris

Aquatic Fate and Toxicity of III-V Materials in the Presence of Nanoparticles Used in Industrial Polishing Processes

The growing application of III-V materials (e.g., gallium indium arsenide) in semiconductor and electronics manufacturing is expected to lead to generation of large volumes of wastewaters containing III-V metals (arsenic (As), gallium (Ga) and indium (In)) and metal oxide nanoparticles (SiO2, Al2O3 and CeO2). The potential that these engineered nanoparticles (NPs) may act as carriers of toxic III-V species and modify the reactivity of the NPs themselves is a concern. This project aims to quantify the adsorption of III-V materials by NPs and explore how these interactions impact the environmental fate, biological uptake, and aquatic toxicity of III-V species and NPs.

Paul Westerhoff

Arizona Initiative of Nano-Electronics

The Arizona Initiative for Nano-Electronics (AINE) is a coordinated network of research centers focused on ASU research in nanoelectronics, including nanophotonics, molecular electronics, nanoionics and computational nanoscience. AINE's goal is to strongly impact future technology areas related to ultra-low power/ultra-high speed electronics, and hybrid biomolecular electronics at the interface between the biological and electronics worlds.

Stephen Goodnick Michael Kozicki Trevor Thornton Mark van Schilfgaarde Yong Hang Zhang

ASU Nanofab

ASU NanoFab is a flexible nano-processing facility at Arizona State University that offers state-of-the-art device processing and characterization tools for university research and for external company prototype development. Established companies and innovative start-ups especially can benefit from using this advanced facility to accelerate their prototype development. We provide the facility, equipment and resources for a full range of operations—from the wet world of biosystems and chemistry to the dry world of inorganic materials, as well as the hybrid structures in between.

Yong Hang Zhang

Biodesign Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors

The primary aim of the Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors is to create powerful, sensitive, and selective sensors - ranging from embedded systems to handheld devices - that can detect the presence of specific chemicals in the environment, or biomarkers in the body. The Center's research can be divided up into several key themes. Some of the technologies are focused on the detection of harmful chemicals that are a threat to the environment and human health. Others look inside the body for markers or presence of disease. Still others focus on the detection of human-made threats.

Nongjian Tao

Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy

The Biodesign Center for Immunotherapy, Vaccines and Virotherapy (B-CIVV) is focused on exploiting cutting edge advances in microbiology and immunology, as well as the design and use of novel therapeutics based on vaccinology, virotherapy and immunotherapy to combat infectious diseases and cancer. These include development of biological therapeutics that enhance immune responses to pathogens and tumors. The Center is devising new and effective ways of producing advanced vaccines, virotherapies and immunotherapeutics for this purpose.

Biodesign Institute

The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University spurs scientific breakthroughs that improve health, protect lives and sustain our planet. Our research is aimed at predicting, preventing and detecting the onset of disease, developing renewable energy and reducing environmental damage and developing innovations that safeguard our nation and the world.

Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program

The Bob Ramsey Executive Education Program provides innovative professional development programs and customized services that build the capacity of people and organizations that serve the public. The Certificate in Public Administration for International Leaders includes topics such as leadership, collaboration, public-private partnerships, community conflict resolutions, pollution, urban challenges and opportunities, information technology, and electronic government practices.

Sander van der Leeuw

Broadening the Reach of Engineering through Community Engagement (BRECE)

The Broadening the Reach of Engineering through Community Engagement (BRECE) Scholars Program provides 4 years of mentoring, academic and financial support to a cohort of 13 financially-challenged and academically-talented students to pursue engineering baccalaureate degrees in the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University.

Odesma Dalrymple Mark Henderson Shawn Jordan

Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy

The Center engages in a variety of initiatives and programs as it strives to inform and influence public policy, programs and practices to support those with behavioral health disabilities by synthesizing and transforming information and promoting new insight and understanding of crucial societal issues.

Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment

The Center for Behavior, Institutions and the Environment, housed in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change is a multidisciplinary endeavor to improve our understanding of how different types of institutions-defined as the norms and rules people use to govern common resources and provide public goods-perform within different social-ecological systems.

Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes draws on Arizona State University’s (ASU) strengths in natural and social sciences as a mechanism to increase capacity to tackle complex biodiversity sustainability challenges.

Leah Gerber Rob Melnick Charles Perrings Osvaldo Sala Daniel Sarewitz Andrew Smith Billie Turner II

Center for BioEnergetics

The Center for BioEnergetics focuses on improved diagnoses and treatments for diseases caused by impaired energy metabolism. The majority of these diseases are degenerative and affect children and young adults. Mitochondrial diseases have historically been classified into discreet groupings of diseases that are relatively rare. Yet, together, the more than 40 mitochondrial diseases comprise a significant human and health care burden.

Center for Bioenergy and Photosynthesis

The center carries out frontier multidisciplinary scientific research designed to use biological and biologically-based artificial systems to address societal energy needs in a sustainable manner, with an emphasis on solar energy conversion and bioinspired energy transformation to meet human needs, and investigates other aspects of photosynthesis that affect society and the environment.

Center for Biology and Society

The Center for Biology and Society promotes exploration of conceptual foundations and historical development of the biosciences and their diverse interactions with society. We engage in activities across multiple disciplines that allow opportunities for intellectual ferment and increased impact by creating research and educational collaborations and communication. Research programs in the Center focus around Bioethics, Policy, and Law and History and Philosophy of Science, as well as Responsible Conduct in Research. Specific current projects include the Carnap Project, Embryo Project, History and Philosophy of Systematics, and Neuroscience and Philosophy Project.

Jane Maienschein

Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems

The Center for Efficient Vehicles and Sustainable Transportation Systems engages the industry's critical stakeholders - vehicle manufacturers, component and system suppliers, fleet operators, ground transportation industry infrastructure providers, and state and local governments - in identifying important efficiency/sustainability related problems, and formulating a research program that develops innovative solutions.

Hongbin Yu Raja Ayyanar Hanqing Jiang

Center for Negative Carbon Emissions

The Center for Negative Carbon Emissions (CNCE) is advancing carbon management technologies that can capture carbon dioxide directly from ambient air in an outdoor operating environment.

Klaus Lackner Allen Wright

Center for Policy Informatics

Policy informatics is the transdisciplinary study of how computation and communication technology leverages information to better understand and address complex public policy and administration problems and realize innovations in governance processes and institutions. The Center addresses complex public policy and administration problems by leveraging cutting-edge computation and communication technology to meaningfully connect people, harness knowledge, and facilitate informed and empowered deliberation, solution-generation, and action.

Erik Johnston Marty Anderies Elizabeth Corley David Hondula Marco Janssen Yushim Kim Karen Mossberger R.F. (Rick) Shangraw, Jr.

Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research

Through interdisciplinary projects integrating natural sciences, social science, and engineering, the Central Arizona–Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research project examines the effects of urbanization on a desert ecosystem and vice versa.

Dan Childers Becky Ball Heather Bateman Christopher Boone Stevan Earl Nancy Grimm Sharon Harlan Charles Redman Philip Tarrant Billie Turner II Sally Wittlinger

Complex Adaptive Systems Network

Complex Adaptive Systems Network leverages trans-disciplinary relationships to address complex global challenges in health, sustainability, security and education by creating entirely new technologies and novel solutions. This requires integration of diverse research disciplines across the University and building an extended network of global collaborations.

Anna Barker George Poste Michael Schoon Sander van der Leeuw

Computational Nanoscience, Center for

The Center for Computational Nanoscience (CCN) brings together the faculty across campus who are currently involved in modeling and simulation. As device design is a critical factor in nanoelectronics incorporated into solar photovoltaic devices, CCN is working to understand the quantum- mechanical effects in nanostructures with the goal of improved solar electronics device design.

Connection One

Connection One is a National Science Foundation Industry-University Cooperative Research Center working closely with private industry and the federal government on various projects in RF and wireless communication systems, networks, remote sensing, and homeland security. The Center's mission is to develop the technology to enable end-to-end communication systems for a variety of applications, ranging from cellular to environmental and defense applications. One aspect of the research is the development of integrated RF and wireless circuits-on-a-chip to simplify and enable a small, portable, all-in-one communication device. An additional research focus is the development of efficient architectures and routing techniques for networked applications.

Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems

The Consortium for Biosocial Complex Systems generates fresh insight into global challenges and transforms their findings into real-life applications that improve the human condition. The Center's mission is to develop and promote a new science of biosocial system dynamics that uses a complex systems paradigm, computational thinking and quantitative methods to forge a new and holistic understanding of life and society.

Consortium for Emerging Technologies, Military Operations and National Security

CETMONS unique role is crucial in today's era of unprecedented and complex technological evolution. It is necessary to understand and support military operations and national security in a complicated, violent, and rapidly changing world.

Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes

The Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes is an intellectual network aimed at enhancing the contribution of science and technology to society's pursuit of equality, justice, freedom, and overall quality of life. The Consortium creates knowledge and methods, cultivates public discourse, and fosters policies to help decision makers and institutions grapple with the immense power and importance of science and technology as society charts a course for the future.

David Guston Daniel Sarewitz

Cyber-Knowledge Infrastructure for Geospatial Data

This CAREER award will support a promising early-career investigator's efforts to build key theories and techniques of a cyber-knowledge infrastructure that enhances access, search, and reasoning capabilities for using geospatial data across the ever-expanding Web.

Wenwen Li

Decision Center for a Desert City

The Decision Center for a Desert City conducts climate, water, and decision research and develops innovative tools to bridge the boundary between scientists and decision makers and put their work into the hands of those whose concern is for the sustainable future of Greater Phoenix.

Dave White Kelli Larson Michael Hanemann Enrique Vivoni Amber Wutich

Decision Theater

The Decision Theater Network actively engages researchers and leaders to visualize solutions to complex problems. The Network provides the latest expertise in collaborative, computing and display technologies for data visualization, modeling, and simulation. The Network addresses cross-disciplinary local, national and international issues by drawing on Arizona State University’s diverse academic and research capabilities.

Ben Freakley Kevin Desouza

Defining Stream Biomes to Better Understand and Forecast Stream Ecosystem Change

This research will develop a biome classification system for streams to better understand how streams function and provide an ability to predict how streams will change from human and environmental factors.

Nancy Grimm

Dimensions US-China: Collaborative Research: Phylogenetic, Functional, and Genetic Diversity and Ecosystem Functions in a Fragmented Landscape

This project - jointly funded with the Chinese National Science Foundation (NSFC) - will study the relationships among ecological/evolutionary measures of biodiversity, and ecosystem functions. In particular, the investigators will investigate the hypothesis that succession drives changes in biodiversity, which in turn causes altered ecosystem function.

Jianguo Wu

Drought-Net: A Global Network to Assess Terrestrial Ecosystem Sensitivity to Drought

The Drought-Net Research Coordination Network was established to advance understanding of the determinants of terrestrial ecosystem responses to drought by bringing together an international group of scientists to conduct three complementary research coordination activities: 1) planning and coordinating new research using standardized measurements to leverage the value of existing drought experiments across the globe, 2) finalizing the design and facilitating the establishment of a new international network of coordinated drought experiments, and 3) training highly motivated graduate students to conduct synthetic and network-level research through Distributed Graduate Seminars focused on drought.

Richard Phillips Osvaldo Sala Melinda Smith

Earth Systems and Engineering Management, Center for

The Center for Earth Systems Engineering and Management (CESEM) seeks to provide the basis for understanding, designing, and managing the complex integrated built/human/natural systems that increasingly characterize our planet in the anthropocene - the Age of Humans. To this end, CESEM combines research, teaching, outreach and public service in an effort to learn how engineered and built systems are integrated with natural and human systems.

EASM-3: Collaborative Research: Physics-based Predictive Modeling for Integrated Agricultural and Urban Applications

A collaborative and interdisciplinary team from Arizona State University and the National Center for Atmospheric Research jointly develops integrated agricultural and urban models necessary to examine hydroclimatic impacts and economic and social benefits/tradeoffs associated with agricultural and urban land use/cover changes accompanying localization of food production within cities.

Alex Mahalov

Ecosystem Response to N and Organic C Deposition from the Urban Atmosphere

The "Urban Air" project studies the exchange of chemical elements between land and atmosphere in urban systems.

Sharon Hall Stevan Earl Nancy Grimm Quincy Stewart

Educating for sustainability through teacher workshops that support K-12 projects

The Wells Fargo Regional Sustainability Teachers’ Academies brings together a high caliber group of passionate K‐12 teachers in order to develop sustainability projects in their local classrooms, schools, and communities. Through these workshops, the teachers learn about global sustainability issues and their role as sustainability change agents in their own community.

Patricia Reiter Monica Elser Robert McGehee

Effects of Flow Regime Shifts, Antecedent Hydrology, Nitrogen Pulses and Resource Quantity and Quality on Food Chain Length in Rivers

The study will provide fundamental information on how the timing of floods and droughts across years influences water quality (nitrate inputs to rivers), primary production, and the production of animals higher in the food web, such as fish. The researchers will produce a synthesis of research in hydrology and ecology to improve the management of arid land rivers.

John Sabo

Emergent Computation in Collective Decision Making by the Crevice-Dwelling Rock Ant Temnothorax rugalulus

In this project the PIs will utilize recently developed information-theoretic tools from complex systems research, typically applied to artificial life systems, to assess how a real biological system manages distributed information to perform a collective computational task. This research will provide new applications of mathematical and computational tools for use by scientists and will provide important insights in issues of broader concern such as colony collapse disorder observed in honeybees.

Theodore Pavlic Stephen Pratt Sara Walker

Energy, Science, and Policy Initiative

ESPI's objective is to to establish a strong program of research and policy engagement to understand and analyze the social dynamics of past, present, and future energy systems.

Arthur Mason Clark Miller

Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG)

The Engineering Research Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics conducts basic research to understand biological processes that act in the ground, including the action of bacteria, plants and animals. The Center will develop ways to directly use naturally occurring bacteria to strengthen the soil, to mitigate against earthquake-induced liquefaction, and clean up polluted sites. It will also use methods inspired by biological processes to design more efficient tunneling processes, foundations and sensors that can penetrate the ground and travel to desired locations.

Paola Bandini Jason Dejong J. David Frost Edward Kavazanjian Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown

Engineering the Hollow-Fiber Membrane Biofilm Reactor to Convert Syngas to Valuable Products

This collaborative project aims to adapt the hollow-fiber membrane biofilm reactor (MBfR), now used for water treatment, to deliver the low-solubility gases directly to a biofilm that grows on the outer surface of a hollow-fiber membrane and utilizes the gas as a substrate. The membrane-based biofilm avoids direct gas-liquid mass transfer, which normally slows the rate of H2 and CO delivery. The over-arching goal is to adapt the MBfR for the production of valuable chemicals from syngas.

Bruce Rittmann Sudeep Popat

Environmental Biotechnology, Swette Center for

The Center for Environmental Biotechnology focuses on developing microbiological systems that capture or develop renewable resources and also prevent or clean up environmental pollution. Center researchers combine engineering with microbiology, molecular biology, and chemistry in order to gain an integrated understanding of how microbial ecosystems work and can be controlled to reclaim polluted water, generate energy from waste substances, and improve public health and sustainability.

Environmental Fluid Dynamics, Center for

EFD is a multi-disciplinary research program dedicated to understanding fluid motions in the environment through atmospheric research, industrial and basic fluid dynamics, and physical oceanography. The Center brings together faculty, staff and students to enhance interdisciplinary and individual research efforts, undergraduate and graduate education and service to industry and the state.

Flexible Display Center

The mission of the Flexible Display Center is to advance full-color, video rate, flexible display technology and catalyze development of a vibrant flexible display and flexible electronics industry to produce integrated electronic systems with advanced functionality. The FDC collaborates with government, academia and industry to provide comprehensive flexible electronics capabilities that bridge the high risk, resource intensive gap between innovation and product development in an information-secure environment for process, tool, and materials co-development and evaluation. Integral to the Center's mission is integrating the concept of sustainable microelectronics processing into all FDC activities.

Food Systems Transformation Initiative

The Food Systems Transformation Initiative supports the development of more equitable, diverse and resilient food systems at all scales – from local to global – that can adapt to evolving uncertainties and opportunities, and enable sustainable societies.

Christopher Wharton Rimjhim Aggarwal Netra Chhetri Hallie Eakin Jeffrey Englin Joan McGregor Punam Ohri-Vachaspati Thomas Seager

Foundations of social and ethical responsibility among undergraduate engineering students: Comparing across time, institutions, and interventions

This study responds to gaps in existing knowledge of social and ethical responsibility by asking the following research questions: 1) What do engineering students perceive as responsible (and irresponsible) professional conduct, and what do they perceive as socially just (and unjust) technical practices?, and 2) how do foundational measures and understandings of social and ethical responsibility change during a four-year engineering degree program, both in general and in relation to specific kinds of learning experiences?

Thomas Seager Shawn Jordan Jameson Wetmore

GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation

GeoDa develops state-of-the-art methods for geospatial analysis, geovisualization, geosimulation, and spatial process modeling, implements them through software tools, applies them to policy-relevant research in the social and environmental sciences, and disseminates them through training and support to a growing worldwide community.

Global Ethnohydrology Study

The Global Ethnohydrology Study is a multi-year transdisciplinary project using data collected with local communities from around the globe. The goal is to better theorize how people understand and adapt to the everyday challenges of getting enough safe water, and to explicate the health and psychological impacts of that struggle.

Alexandra Brewis Slade Amber Wutich


GlobalResolve was established at ASU in 2006 as a social entrepreneurship program designed to enhance the educational experience for interested and qualified ASU students by involving them in semester-long projects that directly improve the lives of underprivileged people, and/or those in underdeveloped nations throughout the world.

Mark Henderson Dan O'Neill John Takamura Jr.

Health Information and Research, Center for

The Center for Health Information and Research (CHIR) employs a multidisciplinary approach to research in areas of epidemiology, health care information technology and data management, health economics and workforce, and health data mining. The goal of CHIR is to provide actionable information regarding health care policy, quality of care, public health and the health care workforce and to develop new methodologies for storing, collecting, analyzing and disseminating health information.

Healthy Lifestyles Research Center

The overarching goal of the HLRC is to facilitate interactions among faculty that promote collaborative research into diverse aspects of how daily lifestyle habits and actions impact both short and long term health, chronic disease risk, and quality of life.

Healthy Outcomes in Aging, Center for

The primary purpose of the center is to develop and test interventions that promote the highest level of health and quality of life for individuals who are aging within a culturally diverse society. The center emphasizes multidisciplinary, theory-based interventions across a variety of clinical settings.

Herberger Institute Research Center

The Center supports collaborative and creative research in design and the arts. Some of the Center's work includes creating consumer-driven product concepts that improve society and the environment, understanding the interconnections between urban design and energy demand and on emerging models for the post-petroleum city, and supporting organizations, neighborhoods, and professionals in their efforts to improve the growth of quality affordable homes and sustainable communities.

Human Origins, Institute of

The Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University is the leading research organization in the United States devoted to the science of human origins. Embedded within ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change, IHO pursues a transdisciplinary strategy for field and analytical paleoanthropological research central to its approximately 30-year-old founding mission-integrating social, earth, and life science approaches to the most important questions concerning the course, timing, and causes of human evolutionary change over deep time. IHO links to its research activities innovative public outreach programs that create timely, accurate information for education and lay communities.

Humanities for the Environment - Dinner 2040

This pilot project seeks to establish a model for other communities to employ as they consider the future of food in their regions.

Joan McGregor Joni Adamson Nalini Chhetri Netra Chhetri Maria Cruz-Torres Hallie Eakin Paul Hirt Sydney Lines Joshua MacFadyen

Humanities for the Environment - Life Overlooked

Contributors, including senior academics, community members, and students, raise questions about the consequences of ecological transformation and control for wildlife, plants, and the human-nature relationship. They examine both traditional notions of stewardship (e.g., the idea of overlooking) and also cultural blindspots in traditional modes of interacting with nature.

Joni Adamson Ronald Broglio

Humanities for the Environment / An Archive of Hope and Caution

Contributors to the archive of Hope and Cautionary Tales have undertaken to create a digital archive of stories about how scholars and community members are collaborating on projects that work towards increased environmental sustainability and social justice

Humanities Research, Institute for

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is dedicated to promoting excellence and innovation in humanities scholarship, contributing to scholarly innovation, and engaging the greater community in exploring the human dimensions of significant social, cultural, technological and scientific issues. The IHR strives to create a dynamic environment for interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary scholarship and to facilitate collaboration among scholars in the humanities, social sciences and sciences for the purpose of examining issues that challenge and shape individual and collective human experience across time.

I-Corp Sites: Arizona State University Startup Mill

NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) Sites are NSF-funded entities established at universities whose purpose is to nurture and support multiple, local teams to transition their technology concepts into the marketplace. Sites provide infrastructure, advice, resources, networking opportunities, training and modest funding to enable groups to transition their work into the marketplace or into becoming I-Corps Team applicants. I-Corps Sites also strengthen innovation locally and regionally and contribute to the National Innovation Network of mentors, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors.

Ji Mi Choi Ann McKenna Sethuraman Panchanathan Brent Sebold

Improving Healthcare Outcomes in Children, Teens and Families, Center for

The Center for Improving Health Outcomes in Children, Teens and Families is conducting interdisciplinary research to extend the science in the field of maternal/child health; translating research findings into clinical practice to improve health care and outcomes; educating health professionals, students and the public about the best research evidence to improve health outcomes; mentoring pre- and post-doctoral fellows and junior investigators in developing and testing interventions to improve health outcomes in children, teens and families; and leading innovation to improve pediatric and adolescent health care.

Innovations in Medicine, Center for

The Center for Innovations in Medicine attempts to transform our understanding of disease, putting aside what we think we know and approaching problems in ways that have never before been attempted. Research efforts focus on the improvement of medical diagnostics and treatment and the prevention of disease, with the ultimate goal of saving lives and improving quality of life.

Intellectual Migration Dynamics Between China and the U.S.

This project seeks to understand the migration dynamics of highly educated migrants. Using the "intellectual migration" framework and empirically connecting China and the United States, the research aims to understand the who, why, and where, of intellectual migration and examine how country-specific policies impact intellectual migration. This project will contribute to ideas about the movement of people between countries and what motivates them, and adds a geographical dimension to the understanding of the migration of the highly educated.

Wei Li

L. William Seidman Research Institute

Based on the vision of former Dean L. William Seidman, the Seidman Research Institute today serves as an essential link between the local, national and international business communities and the intellectual and creative resources of Arizona State University's nationally ranked school of business. From collecting and disseminating essential information about local economies to benchmarking industry practices to identifying emerging business research issues, the Seidman Research Institute's member centers have gained the recognition and respect of business practitioners and academics the world over.

Law, Science & Innovation, Center for

The Center for Law, Science & Innovation is the first and largest academic center focused on the intersection of law and science. The Center bridges law and science by fostering the development of legal frameworks for new technologies and advancing the informed use of science in legal decision making. The Center facilitates transdisciplinary study and dialogue among policy-makers, academics, students, professionals and industry. It is committed to principles of balance, innovation, competitiveness and sustainability.


ASU LightWorks is a multidisciplinary effort to leverage ASU's unique strengths, particularly in renewable energy fields including artificial photosynthesis, biofuels, and next-generation photovoltaics.

Gary Dirks Stephen Goodnick Kristin Mayes Clark Miller Ellen Stechel

Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics

The mission of the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics is to improve the ethical awareness and understanding and thereby the ethical decision-making and behavior of the ASU community and extending to society at large. The Center's goal is to create a university and community ethical culture by sponsoring, organizing and conducting an array of activities on ethics issues that occur in specific fields and professions as well as those of pressing importance in the community at large.

Linking Livestock Markets and Grazing Practices with the Nutritional Ecology of Grasses and Locusts Under Alternative Property Rights Regimes

Research has recently shown that overgrazing of livestock in a grassland in China lowered the nitrogen content of the grasses and that this caused a rise in the abundance of a locust likely to lead to locust swarms. This research will test whether this is also true for related species of locust in Australia and western Africa, and link both grazing practices and locust swarms to economics and social policy in the three contrasting regions.

Arianne Cease James Elser Eli Fenichel Joleen Hadrich Jon Harrison

Metis Center for Infrastructure and Sustainable Engineering

The Metis Center seeks to provide the basis for understanding, designing, and managing the complex integrated built/human/natural systems that increasingly characterize our planet in the Anthropocene – the Age of Humans. To this end, we combine research, teaching, outreach and public service in an effort to learn how engineered and built systems are integrated with natural and human systems.

Braden Allenby Mikhail Chester Mounir El Asmar Margaret Garcia Nathan Johnson Giuseppe Mascaro Thad Miller

Molecular Sieve Inclusion Nanocomposite (MoSIN) Membranes for Liquid Separations

This project is to develop and characterize a new class of chemically resistant Molecular Sieve Inclusion Nanocomposite (MoSIN) membranes for liquid separations.

Mary Lind

Motivational and Social Factors in the Pursuit and Maintenance of Dietary Goals

Prior academic research has indicated adherence to a vegetarian/vegan diet depends on social and motivational factors including health and ethical beliefs. The proposed approach builds upon this work but is more comprehensive, tapping a broader range of factors, including: synergy or conflict between the dietary goal and other significant goals, resources for goal pursuit, goal self-efficacy, emotion regulation in relation to goal pursuit, and the nature of the social context (facilitative or hindering) of the dietary goals.

Christopher Wharton Andrew Berardy Paul Karoly Sydney Lines Linda Ruehlman

Multiscale Effects of Climate Variability and Change on Hydrologic Regimes, Ecosystem Function, and Community Structure in a Desert Stream and Its Catchment

This project focuses on using new statistical techniques that describe hydrological regimes, coupled with long-term measurements of stream structure and processes, to understand how shifts in climate and river discharge regimes on many time scales will influence the ecosystem.

Nancy Grimm John Sabo

Nanophotonics, Center for

The Center for Nanophotonics gathers a large group of faculty members from various disciplines to foster new ideas and to carry out collaborative research with enhanced inspiration. It integrates a broad spectrum of research topics ranging from fundamental study of photon-matter interactions to practical optical sensors for medical and biological applications. The center coherently merges education and research by embedding one in the other. The center is committed to not only high standard scholarship development but also the promotion of its technology commercialization.

Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest (NCI-SW)

The goals of the Nanotechnology Collaborative Infrastructure Southwest are to build a Southwest regional infrastructure for nanotechnology discovery and innovation, to address societal needs through education and entrepreneurship, and to serve as a model site of the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)..

Stuart Bowden Jenefer Husman Trevor Thornton Jameson Wetmore

National Center of Excellence on SMART Materials for Urban Climate and Energy at ASU

The National Center of Excellence (NCE) on SMART Innovations provides climate and energy system solutions based on sound science and engineering to governments and industries around the globe.

Shane Underwood Kamil Kaloush Patrick Phelan Mounir El Asmar Zhihua Wang

Non-oxidizing Agent to Control Algae, Quagga Mussels & Microbes of Public Health Concerns

The objective of this project is to evaluate non-oxidizing biocides effectiveness in controlling harmful biological agents and pathogens in drinking water.

Morteza Abbaszadegan Absar Alum

North American Observatory:
Building Resilience in the Anthropocene

Humanities for the Environment is an international system of Observatories. ASU serves as the headquarters of the North American Observatory. The aim of the Humanities for the Environment (HfE) Observatories, funded in its first phase by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is to identify, explore, and demonstrate the contributions that humanistic and artistic disciplines can make to understanding and engaging with global environmental challenges.

Joni Adamson

Partnership for Research in Spatial Modeling

PRISM is the focal point at Arizona State University for interdisciplinary research in modeling and visualization to permit intelligent analysis and create spatial and dynamic knowledge. Some of PRISM's work includes geospatial modeling, modeling of urban environments, cloud development modeling, and 3D modeling such as that exhibited in ASU's Decision Theater.

Phoenix Area Social Survey

This survey studies the relationships between people and the natural environment in the Phoenix metro area.

Sharon Harlan Nancy Grimm Christopher Boone Amber Wutich Darren Ruddell Rimjhim Aggarwal Dan Childers Stevan Earl Kelli Larson Kerry Smith Paige Warren

Physics-Based Predictive Modeling for Integrated Agricultural and Urban Applications

Challenges associated with a rapidly rising global population, that is increasingly food-insecure and lacks fundamental awareness of how to build tomorrow's sustainable cities, necessitate urgent study in light of a rapidly urbanizing planet. Unrelenting urban population growth -- an increase of more than 2.5 billion new urban inhabitants is projected by 2050, relative to 2011 -- requires considerable conversion of natural to agricultural (to meet increased food demand) and to urban (to meet increased commercial, housing, and transportation demand) landscapes. The overarching goal of this team, consisting of computational and climate scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, geoscientists, and social scientists, is to develop high-resolution physics-based, coupled, dynamic, and predictive capabilities that not only characterize current multi-scale environmental and socio-economic impacts associated with agricultural productivity within cities but also enable the prediction of future impacts.

Matei Georgescu Carola Grebitus Elizabeth Mack Alex Mahalov Mohamed Moustaoui Billie Turner II

PLuS Alliance

The PLuS (Phoenix-London-Sydney) Alliance creates, enables and deploys innovative research and education linkages across three globally-focused universities to contribute to a sustainable future by collaborating in the areas of sustainability, global health, social justice, technology and innovation.

Joni Adamson Rimjhim Aggarwal Gary Dirks George Adamson Mike Hulme Thom van Dooren Cameron Holley Matthew Kearnes

PolarGlobe: Powering up Polar Cyberinfrastructure Using M-Cube Visualization for Polar Climate Data

The project aims at developing and implementing techniques for multivariate, multi-dimensional, and multi-faceted visualizations to support polar climate studies.

Wenwen Li

Population Dynamics, Center for

CePoD is a transdisciplinary research center drawing scholars who are interested in broad aspects of population research. The center is located in the Phoenix metropolitan area, a vibrant, rapidly growing urban center of the American Southwest. We pursue novel avenues of population research in local, regional, national and international settings.

Power Systems Engineering Research Center

The multidisciplinary expertise of PSERC's researchers includes power systems, applied mathematics, complex systems, computing, control theory, power electronics, operations research, non-linear systems, economics, industrial organization and public policy. In addition a strength of the research work in this area also relates to market tools and policy issues that will enable the integration of the new energy sources into power system operation and planning.

Producing Native American PhDs and Professors in Engineering

This project is to increase the participation of Native Americans within the engineering professoriate through better understanding of how and why Native American engineering students choose to pursue (or not) an academic career path.

Mounir El Asmar David Grau Kristen Parrish

Promoting Empathy and Collaborative Decision Making for Natural Resources Management Using a Computer Mediated Scenario

The research team uses a multi-method, multi-disciplinary approach that includes a cross-sectional public survey to test a model of the relationships between perspective taking and prosocial behavior and identify the key individual and contextual predictors and barriers to perspective taking and prosocial action in resource management contexts.

Erik Johnston Elizabeth Segal Ajay Vinze Dara Wald Edward Wellman

Public Policy, Morrison Institute for

Driven by a mission to conduct timely, applied analysis that informs, advises, and assists Arizona's state and community leaders, Morrison Institute researches public policies that impact greater Phoenix, the State of Arizona, and the nation. Through publications and forums, Morrison Institute's research serves the public officials, private sector leaders, and community members who shape public policy.

Reassessing the Biological Functions of the Plant Type I H+-PPase

Specifying how sugar moves to various tissues within the plant will allow scientists to develop strategies to optimize sugar translocation in crops that increase yield while reducing the environmental impacts of production agriculture.

Roberto Gaxiola Kendal Hirschi

Research on Education in Science, Mathematics and Technology, Center for

CRESMET is a collaborative center that leverages intellectual and fiscal resources from key colleges in the University to study and improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Center brings together individuals, programs and organizations interested in improving K-20 STEM education to research, develop, and assess educational theories, curricula and administrative policies that impact science, mathematics, engineering and technology education; and to encourage and support wide-scale sharing and implementation of effective approaches to producing a more scientifically and technologically literate populace and more capable science, mathematics, engineering, and technology majors.

Science-Driven, Community-Based Approach to Reducing Glacier Lake Outburst Flood Risks

Over the past several decades, hundreds of glaciers in mountainous regions have been melting, leaving behind new glacier lakes holding millions of cubic meters of water. Usually contained by dams of loose boulders and soil, these lakes present a risk of glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs). As the number and extent of these lakes grows, so does the flood risk for communities downstream of them, potentially leading to extensive loss of lives and severe damage to transport infrastructure, hydroelectric power facilities and agriculture. This project will look at the factors that lead to GLOFs, and the measures that local populations can take to adapt to this increasing threat.

Daene McKinney Alton Byers Milan Shrestha

Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center

The Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center vision includes: bridging the gap between the biological, environmental, and social sciences and the mathematical sciences; promotion and support of cross-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary research that relies on state of the art computational, modeling and quantitative approaches; and the training of a new generation of computational mathematical, and theoretical scientists whose research is driven by the application of computational, mathematical, modeling and simulation approaches to the solution of problems that will improve the human condition.

Carlos Castillo-Chavez

Small World/Big Bodies

The Small World/Big Bodies Project looks at the socio-cultural dimensions of the growing obesity epidemic globally. This includes a focus on understanding why stigma around obesity is so profound, who is most damaged by it, and ultimately how to fix it. A recent emphasis has been the role of stigma and identity in shaping the long-term success of bariatric surgery.

Alexandra Brewis Slade Daniel Hruschka Amber Wutich

Social Dynamics and Complexity, Center for

The Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity leverages the emerging field of complex systems to foster interdisciplinary research on fundamental questions of social life. The Center brings together scientists from such diverse fields as anthropology, biology, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and sociology to collaborate in cross-disciplinary teams.

Michael Barton Shauna BurnSilver Marco Janssen Douglas Kenrick Manfred Laubichler José Lobo Steven Neuberg Michael Schoon Shade Shutters Sander van der Leeuw

Social Science Research, Institute for

The Institute for Social Science Research facilitates transdisciplinary research and innovation. The Institute offers objective, relevant survey research and analysis; research technology support, and geographic information system (GIS) services to funded research projects within the university as well as community groups and organizations desiring professional research assistance.

Solar Power Lab

Arizona State University's Solar Power Lab serves a staging ground for the new technologies and ideas that will move us forward in our quest for a more sustainable society.

Solid State Science, LeRoy Eyring Center for

LeRoy Eyring Center for Solid State Science provides a productive environment for interdisciplinary materials research. We are proud to make our advanced facilities user-friendly and available to the entire ASU research community, as well as government and industrial researchers.

Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center

The Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center (SIRC) is an Exploratory Center of Excellence conducting transdisciplinary minority health and health disparities research, training and community outreach.

Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family

Through research, educational outreach, advocacy and design innovation, the ASU Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family supports organizations, neighborhoods, and professionals in their efforts to improve the growth of quality affordable homes and sustainable communities.

Study of Religion and Conflict, Center for the

The Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict at Arizona State University promotes interdisciplinary research and education on the dynamics of religion and conflict with the aim of advancing knowledge, seeking solutions and informing policy. By serving as a research hub that fosters exchange and collaboration across the university as well as with its broader publics-local, national, and global-the Center fosters innovative and engaged thinking on matters of enormous importance to us all.

Subsistence, Economic Diversity and Resilience in Response to State Level Change

This project undertakes archaeological and paleoecological research in the Basin of Mexico to find out how political and environmental shifts shaped people's lives, as well as how people's responses to these circumstances contributed to regional change.

Christopher Morehart

SusCHEM: Anchoring Single Noble Metal Atoms for Better Catalysis

This project addresses fundamental scientific concepts encountered in synthesizing single-atom catalysts, testing their efficacy, establishing their structure-function relationships, and developing new strategies to stabilize isolated, single atoms of active noble metals.

Jingyue Liu

Sustainable Health, Center for

The Center for Sustainable Health is working to build a sustainable world where every human can live a healthy and fulfilling life.

Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance

The Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance is North America’s central forum for convening industry, government, civil society, and academia to advocate for the sustainable use, recovery, and recycling of phosphorus in the food system.

Sustainable Procurement in State and Local Governments

The goals of this project are to determine which factors impede and facilitate Sustainable Procurement Policies adoption and implementation, recommend immediate actions in order for governments to advance their Sustainable Procurement Policies more effectively, and encourage state/local governments that lack Sustainable Procurement Policies to consider implementing them within their jurisdictions.

Nicole Darnall Stuart Bretschneider Lily Hsueh Justin Stritch

Sustainable Tourism, Center for

The Center for Sustainable Tourism, formerly the Megapolitan Tourism Research Center, is devoted to studying the role of tourism in community development in order to strengthen its contribution to viable economic, social, and environmental systems, especially in megapolitan regions around the world.

Targeted Saturated Fatty Acids Synthesis by Microbial Biohydration and its Superior Extraction from Microalgae Biomass through Selective Fermentation

This research will explore a new process called selective fermentation to address two major roadblocks facing the continued commercial development algal biofuel production processes: safe and efficient extraction of the lipids, and beneficial use of the non-lipid biomass.

Bruce Rittmann Prathap Parameswaran

The Dynamics of Earth System Oxygenation

Oxygen, in the form of the molecule O2, is abundant in the Earth's atmosphere and oceans, where it is vital for all multi-cellular life, including humans. However, O2 was nearly absent from the atmosphere and oceans during the first half of Earth's history. In the past decade, we solidified our understanding of when the prolonged and complex transition to the modern, O2-rich environment began. However, the cause of this so-called "Great Oxidation Event" (GOE) and later changes in O2 remains one of the major mysteries in Earth System Science. Solving it is of more than academic interest because it will help us understand how the Earth supports life, and provide insights and perspective on some of the environmental challenges posed by human activity. This project will tackle this challenge by combining new data and calculations that reach from the Earth's core to the top of the atmosphere to develop a comprehensive model of the geochemical cycle of O2 that can explain the GOE.

Ariel Anbar

The Dynamics of Multi-Scalar Adaptation in Megacities: Autonomous Action, Institutional Change and Social Hydrological Risk in Mexico City (MEGADPT)

MEGADAPT is both an international, transdisciplinary research initiative, designed to capture and simulate the social and biophysical dynamics that create flood risk and water scarcity in Mexico City, and a decision tool, enabling diverse actors in the city to explore the consequences of different approaches to risk management for the city and its residents.

Hallie Eakin Matei Georgescu Marco Janssen David Manuel-Navarrete Charles Redman Enrique Vivoni

The Emergence of Coupled Natural and Human Landscapes in the Western Mediterranean

This project will collect archeological data on ancient human land use, vegetation, and land form at four Neolithic sites in Spain and Italy. These data will guide the development of models of social and natural processes that will attempt to predict the long-term outcomes of alternative patterns of land use.

Miguel Acevedo Michael Barton Arjun Heimsath Julien Riel-Salvatore

The Household Independent Power Project

The Household Independent Power Project (HIPP) conducts investigations and engagement around personal and household-scale decisions, innovation, and behavior related to broader questions of sustainable energy system transition.

Elisabeth Graffy

The Sustainability Consortium

The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) is a global organization dedicated to improving the sustainability of consumer products.

Kevin Dooley Jon Johnson

Urban Innovation, Center for

The mission of the Center is to improve the quality of urban life in neighborhoods, cities, and urban regions by promoting innovation in governance, policy, and management. The Center contributes to the goal of "advancing urban governance in a global context" in the School of Public Affairs. Its research and outreach are both local and global.

Urban Resilience to Extreme Weather Related Events

Urban areas are vulnerable to extreme weather related events given their location, high concentration of people, and increasingly complex and interdependent infrastructure. Impacts of Hurricane Katrina, Superstorm Sandy, and other disasters demonstrate not just failures in built infrastructure, they highlight the inadequacy of institutions, resources, and information systems to prepare for and respond to events of this magnitude. The Urban Resilience to Extremes Sustainability Research Network (UREx SRN) will develop a novel theoretical framework for integrating social, ecological, and technological system (SETS) dimensions for conceptualizing, analyzing, and supporting urban infrastructure decisions in the face of climatic uncertainty in a more holistic way.

Charles Redman Mikhail Chester Nancy Grimm Peter Groffman David Iwaniec Timon McPhearson Thad Miller Tischa Munoz-Erickson

Urban Water Innovation Network (U-WIN): Transitioning Toward Sustainable Urban Water Systems

The network, a consortium of academic institutions and key partners across the U.S., include research, engagement and educational programs that address challenges that threaten urban water systems. The mission of UWIN is to create technological, institutional, and management solutions to help communities increase the resilience of their water systems and enhance preparedness for responding to water crises.

Mazdak Arabi Alan Berkowitz Kenneth Broad Olaf David Matei Georgescu Neil Grigg Nancy Grimm Roy Haggerty Sharon Harlan Adam Henry David Hondula Arpad Horvath Darrel Jenerette David Letson Forrest Meggers Robert Meyer Zhihua Wang

US-UK Collab: Risks of Animal and Plant Infectious Diseases through Trade (RAPID Trade)

This work supports an interdisciplinary and international team who seek to solve that problem by developing new tools for evaluating the disease risks of world trade. The risk assessment tools produced by the project will provide animal, plant, and human health authorities at national and international levels with the capacity to make improved assessment of the disease risks associated with imports, and of the consequences of alternative trade responses.

Charles Perrings Peter Daszak Richard Horan Michael Springborn

Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics

The Virginia G. Piper Center for Personalized Diagnostics is developing new diagnostic tools to pinpoint the molecular manifestations of disease based on individual patient profiles. The Center brings together multiple disciplines - biology, biochemistry, cell biology, engineering, molecular biology, bioinformatics, software development, and database management - to aid in the evaluation of human proteins according to their specific role(s) in living systems. Discovering and validating molecular biomarkers will lead to earlier diagnoses and patient-specific therapies.

Water and Environmental Technology Center

In Phase II operation, the Water and Environmental Technology (WET) I/UCRC intends to minimize any adverse effects of emerging contaminants (EC) on human health and/or the environment.

Morteza Abbaszadegan

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