TURI conducts research to help Massachusetts companies reduce their use of toxic chemicals. TURI approaches toxics research by identifying and evaluating safer, cost effective, and functional alternatives to reduce or replace the use of toxic chemicals. TURI’s research is driven by the needs of Massachusetts industry. Each year TURI solicits input from Massachusetts companies about their specific research opportunities to reduce the use of toxic chemicals. TURI provides grants to University of Massachusetts professors to fund their efforts in identifying safer and effective alternatives for Massachusetts industry. Results of these efforts are made publicly available. Reports describing the research and its results are available here.
In addition to providing safer alternatives that Massachusetts industries can use, TURI’s research has enhanced the intellectual capital at UMass Lowell. The university enjoys four approved patent applications for work performed at TURI or with the assistance of TURI researchers:
- The Identification and Screening of Lower Toxicity Solvents for Contact Adhesives
- Safer Alternatives to Octylphenol Ethoxylates for Immunoassay Applications
- High Performance Bisphenol A (BPA)-Free Epoxy Resins
- Methylene Chloride-free Paint Stripping
TURI's research program works with individual companies and supply chain consortia for different business sectors: