Our Vision:

We will be recognized as the leading research center in the membrane community, as well as a leading NSF I/UCRC and a model for other I/UCRCs.

Our Mission

  1. Provide value for our sponsors through high quality research and access to unique facilities and a network of leading faculty.
  2. Provide unique training opportunities for our postdoctoral, graduate, and undergraduate researchers.
  3. Promote membrane research via outreach to the university, membrane community, and broader public.


Some of the largest membrane-products companies in the world are MAST Center sponsors. The MAST Center has greatly benefited from a sponsor mix that is balanced between major membrane manufacturers and a diverse group of membrane users from the petrochemical,chemical, pharmaceutical, water treatment and food and beverage industries. These companies use their MAST Center sponsorship to help maintain leadership in their markets. Our sponsors recognize the many advantages of Center membership, and we invite you to consider MAST Center sponsorship for your organization.


For over 25 years the MAST Center has been leading global membrane research center known for its innovation, efficiency and high level of corporate support. We started as the Center for Separations Using Thin Films in 1991.  In 2001, we became a multi-campus Center known as the Center for Membrane Applied Science and Technology. In 2010, the current Center for Membrane Science, Engineering and Technology (MAST) Center was formed as a partnership between the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the University of Colorado Boulder.  In March 2014, the University of Arkansas joined the MASR Center as a third university campus. Over the years, MAST Center researchers from the University of Arkansas, University of Colorado Boulder and the New Jersey Institute of Technology have worked on collaborate research projects with or industry sponsors.   In addition, we have works with collaborator from several other institutions, including Colorado State University, Clemson University, the Colorado School of Mines, the University of Maine at Orono, and Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. The Center draws researchers from diverse fields including biological, chemical, physical and materials sciences; health and pharmaceutical sciences; and aeronautical, chemical, civil, environmental, mechanical, electrical and computer engineering.

NSF I/U CRC Program

The MAST Center is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC), with sites at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), The University of Arkansas (UA) and the University of Colorado (CU). The MAST Center is one of the oldest I/UCRCs having been initially established in 1991.  To learn more about the National Science Foundation Engineering Education/Centers Division, click here to be connected with our Fact Sheet on the NSF website.