Mitsubishi Chemical and UCSB: A bluprint for successful university-corporate relationships

The Mitsubishi Chemical Center for Advanced Materials (MC-CAM) at UCSB was established in 2001 as a vehicle for promoting open innovation within the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) and to extend MCC’s research enterprise outside of Japan. The research targets for the center were broadly in specialty and functional materials with a specific emphasis on applications targeting organic electronics and solid-state lighting. Mitsubishi Chemical evaluated potential universities world-wide and ultimately chose to establish their center at UC Santa Barbara based on the excellence and breadth of UCSB’s materials programs and its track record in interdisciplinary research. MC-CAM is the MCC’s first and longest running major university partnership.