A longstanding relationship between Eastman and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, took a leap forward Thursday as leaders dedicated the Eastman Innovation Center and outlined joint initiatives that could have far-reaching economic and environmental impact.
The center expands an existing research relationship, as the university has been a member of the Eastman Innovation Network of higher education partners since 2015. Eastman will maintain a consistent campus presence, with scientists rotating through its Knoxville space to focus on research proposals from UT research teams of faculty and students.
Ongoing research collaborations between UT and Eastman focus on the development of next-generation structural and functional materials that are sustainable for use in a variety of applications including automotive manufacturing.
“Connecting our faculty experts with industry leaders, supplying them with the resources and the collaborative environment they need to solve pressing global problems is what a modern land-grant university is meant to do,” said Chancellor Donde Plowman. “The discoveries made through this partnership with Eastman will positively impact communities across the United States and world.”