Solutions and partnerships

We are wrapping up a productive summer and gearing up for a busy 2015-16 year here at UNT, where we are creating world-class facilities, investing in the latest tools, hiring top-level faculty from around the world to enhance our base of expertise and exploring new ways to engage with business and industry in research endeavors.

Research is an essential component at UNT because it enhances the educational experience of our students, giving them crucial critical thinking and problem solving skills. Through research, we tackle societal problems, find solutions, make discoveries and contribute to the social and economic development of the world around us. Increasing our research enterprise will help us maintain these roles and achieve our goal of becoming recognized as a top-tier research university.

We're focusing our efforts on solutions and partnerships, and I’m excited about the possibilities. Through this approach, UNT will continue growing as a research university that is vital to students, industry and the public.

Tom McCoy
Vice President
Research and Economic Development

"To grow our prominence and impact as a public research university, we need state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure. Labs and high-end research equipment is key to research that leads to discovery and solutions. We’ve built exceptional research facilities and are creating even more so our researchers — both faculty and students — can push the boundaries of science, technology and creativity."

− Neal Smatresk, UNT President

Research Spotlight

UNT has several university-managed labs on − and off − campus. These labs are critical to our students’ learning, our ongoing research and discovery, but these lab spaces also are important to industry. UNT labs can be ‘put to work’ to investigate, beta test and produce solutions and real-world applications. Tours of UNT’s research facilities – including Discovery Park – are available year round for industry and businesses, educators, prospective students and community partners. Email or or call 940-369-7487 to learn more.

The following are just a few examples of the many facilities available for discovery at UNT.

Developing materials

At UNT’s Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART), we have developed one of the most advanced university research facilities in the nation for materials analysis – from the atomic to macro scales. The facility offers a suite of powerful analytical instruments used for true 3-D characterization and processing with an adjoining cleanroom so that materials can be synthesized, tested and controlled in close proximity. UNT is among an elite group of public institutions nationwide to offer these open access resources.

Analyzing bio materials

UNT's BioAnalytics Facility provides a diverse collection of services and equipment for industry, ranging from big pharma to small and commercial agriculture. The facility includes top-of-the-line mass spectrometers and the patented nanomanipulator, which connects to a high-powered microscope and is controlled with a joystick to allow scientists to identify and focus on a single cell.

Living labs

The Institute of Applied Science conducts research at the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area (LLELA), which sits just south of Lewisville Lake. This living lab is perfect for scientific research and environmental education purposes to provide unique opportunities for hands-on training with its vast prairieland, array of animals and diversity of waterways, including the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. And the Lewisville Aquatic Ecosystems Research Facility, one of the many labs located within LLELA and administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, offers additional opportunities to research and help restore the ecosystems in Texas lakes and rivers.

Solving logistics issues

Housed in UNT’s Business Leadership Building, the Complex Logistics Systems Laboratory offers interactive logistics simulations, business intelligence, data visualization and complex logistics systems modeling, including 3D modeling. It allows faculty and students to partner with logistics companies to engage in applied research that could help companies more efficiently manage the distribution of goods and services and cut costs.


Located in the heart of campus, TALON is a high-performance supercomputing facility that provides a tenfold increase in computational power by featuring high-speed networks, advanced software and storage to facilitate advanced computational processing across disciplines and industries. More than 400 researchers have used it to expand their reach in computational-based research analysis.

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