CRI was founded in 1985 and performed contract and grant research by the resident faculties. In 1990, Eastern Michigan University obtained a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to establish a new Industry/University Research Center (I/UCRC) in Coatings. In 1993, the Surface Science Research Center was established.
CRI is dedicated to providing solutions to some of the tough problems facing the coatings industry. The Institute's competencies include:
- Polymer synthesis, modification, characterization and testing.
- Coating formulation, modification and evaluation.
- Fundamental research in material science: polymers, coatings, nanomaterials and technology.
- Raw material evaluation and new product development.
- Problem solving, failure analysis and process improvement.
- Professional development and training in all aspects of coatings and raw materials.
- Product analysis and characterization