About 5,000 square feet of the ground floor of UMass Lowell’s Olney Hall is dedicated to the HEROES initiative. It includes wet chemistry, processing and characterization laboratories, offices, conference rooms and a “think tank” area outfitted with a continuous whiteboard on which researchers may brainstorm new ideas.

In addition to this “home base”, DEVCOM SC scientists will also have access to labs of their research partners across campus, including those located in the $80 million Mark and Elisia Saab Emerging Technologies and Innovation Center and the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Soldier Center in Natick, which also offers UMass Lowell faculty and student researchers access to their facilities. Within the center students and scientists can expect to find design, synthesis, engineering and testing laboratories, as well as nano-fabrication facilities.

Laboratories & Instruments

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Center for Advanced Materials

The Center for Advanced Materials (CAM) has become the focus of advanced materials synthesis and characterization at UMass Lowell. Learn more about the Center for Advanced Materials.

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Fabric Discovery Center

The UMass Lowell Fabric Discovery Center is dedicated space for design, prototyping, pilot manufacturing and testing of high-tech fabrics, flexible electronics and medical textiles. Learn more about next-gen textiles.

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Core Research Facilities

Core Research Facilities at UMass Lowell have a mission to provide world-class instrumentation and facilities to our faculty and student researchers. Explore the Core Research Facilities.

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Center for Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Soft Materials

The Center for Advanced Manufacturing of Polymers and Soft Materials (AMPS) leverages a strong plastics heritage along with industrial scale equipment to develop advanced nanomanufacturing processes. Check out AMPS.

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Printed Electronics Research Collaborative/Raytheon UMass Lowell Institute

The Printed Electronics Research Collaborative (PERC) is a strategic partnership between industry, university and government. Check out PERC's capabilities.

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New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation Center

The New England Robotics Validation and Experimentation (NERVE) Center is a dedicated research, testing, and training facility. See the facilities.

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Health Assessment Lab

The UMass Lowell Health Assessment Laboratory (HAL) aims to be a center of excellence in human health assessment. See HAL's capabilities.



The UMass Lowell Applied Research Corporation (UMLARC) is a 501c3 University affiliate entity focused on solicitating and accepting department of defense applied research contracts.