CENSES was established in 2008 with a $5 million grant over five years from the CREST Program of the National Science Foundation, designed to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research.

This multidisciplinary City College Center brings together faculty members, research scientists and engineers, graduate students and undergraduate students from chemistry, chemical engineering, electrical engineering and physics.  CENSES also works with global partners in conducting cutting-edge research in the frontiers of nanomaterials and nanotechnology for applications developing sustainable energy technologies, and sensors for monitoring health, environment and national security.


Daniel L. Akins
Director and Principal Investigator

Marshak Science Building
Room 1120
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY  10031

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