The Optical Science and Technology Center consists of faculty members from the University Departments of Chemistry, Chemical & Biochemical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Biological Sciences and Physics and Astronomy. Among the faculty are distinguished scientists who have developed international reputations for innovative research on the frontiers of optical science and engineering. Funding to support research in the Center comes from a variety of federal, state, and private sources, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Office of Naval Research (ONR), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Petroleum Research Fund. Current Research areas include:
Laser spectroscopy and photochemistry, photonics and optoelectronics, ultrafast laser development, condensed matter physics, materials growth techniques, device physics/engineering, surface chemistry, chemical sensors, environmental chemistry, polymer science, plasma physics, nonlinear optics.