Research Mission

The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is to advance innovation and discovery. The core of this mission is the research, scholarship, and creative works of UNM faculty. The OVPR seeks to facilitate these activities, resulting in new knowledge and applications of value to academic communities and the public.

Research Highlights

  • Wednesday, 25 February 2015

    Energy Department Invests $10M Through the Fuel Cell Technologies Incubator Funding Opportunity to Support Innovations in Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Fuel Technologies

    The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) has selected 11 projects to receive up to $10M in funding in support of innovations in fuel cell and hydrogen fuel technologies.

    UNM leads the program on Non-PGM anode catalysts development - with Dr. Alexey Serov as a PI. The $1M UNM-led project includes subs like LANL, Pajarito Powers LLC and IRD Fuel Cells (both Albuquerque small businesses). The other two programs, in which UNM is a sub, are being led by Northeastern University (Boston, MA) and Proton OnSite (Wallingford, CT).

  • Tuesday, 24 February 2015

    Professor Plamen Atanassov appointed as Director of UNM’s Center for Micro-Engineered Materials (CMEM)

    Dr. Michael Dougher, Vice President for Research, is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Plamen Atanassov as Director of UNM’s Center for MicroEngineered Materials (CMEM), effective January 1st, 2015.

    Atanassov is an internationally recognized expert on new materials and technologies for electrochemical power sources. His research includes development of non-platinum electrocatalysts and nanostructured catalysts for fuel cells, advanced electrode materials for batteries and biological fuel cells and the design of sensor systems. His leadership further strengthens CMEM’s industrial collaborations as his group’s jointly-developed fuel cell technology with Daihatsu Motors was honored as a “Top 10 Innovation” at the Innovation for Cool Earth Forum held in Tokyo, Japan. He was STC.UNM’s Innovation Fellow for 2014 in recognition of his numerous patents and his accomplishments in commercialization.

    Atanassov received his PhD in Chemical Physics from the University of Sofia in 1987 and has been a faculty member at UNM from 1992 to 1999 and since 2000. He replaces Professor Abhaya Dayte as CMEM’s director. Datye now serves as Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.

Research Leadership

Dr. Michael Dougher
Vice President for Research

Dr. Kevin Malloy
Assoc. VP for Research Initiatives

Carlos Romero
Assoc. VP for Research Compliance

Contact the VPR Office

Mail Code: MSC05 3480
Physical Address:
Scholes Hall, Suite 327
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-001
Tel: (505) 277-6128
Fax: (505) 277-5271