The University of Delaware has been selected to lead major research projects in the new Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute, led by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

The U.S. Department of Energy announced RAPID as the newest and tenth member of the national network of Manufacturing USA Institutes on Dec. 9 at the U.S. Council on Competitiveness’ 2016 National Competitiveness Forum in Washington, D.C.

Delaware Energy Institute will lead UD’s RAPID projects, focusing on catalysis and reactors, and also will be involved in other dimensions of RAPID’s research and development agenda led by other universities.

RAPID’s role is to develop breakthrough technologies and processes that will boost energy productivity and efficiency and decrease environmental impacts, especially related to chemical manufacturing. RAPID already has enlisted 130 partners from companies, academic institutions including the University of Delaware, national and government laboratories and non-governmental organizations across the U.S. to tackle this work. The institute will leverage $70 million in federal funding from the Energy Department over five years and an additional $70 million in private cost-share commitments from partners.

RAPID Partners