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US-Africa Materials institute ( USAMI )
The mission of the institute is to promote interdisciplinary collaboration between U.S. and African researchers in the areas of materials research and education. USAMI researchers have done work in the following areas: * Metallic thin films/MEMS structures and organic electronics (MEMS, microelectronics, alternative energy) * Biomaterials (BioMEMS, nanobiomaterials, cell/surface interactions and adhesion) * Materials for affordable housing (natural fiber-reinforced materials, earth-based materials, passive solar approaches) and * Thermostructural materials (refractories, cellular materials, water filters, structural materials) .