Partner With Us

The Modified Asphalt Research Center at UW-Madison helps define, address and advance all aspects of modified asphalts. MARC pursues the most pressing and promising research needs for this growing technology.

Companies can join the consortium at two levels:

$15,000 Membership

  • Receive reduced rates at selected supporting facilities
  • Influence research directions
  • Identify potential future employees through early contact with students
  • Information on related research
  • Stimulation research opportunities with in-house staff

$5,000 Membership

  • Influence research directions
  • Identify potential future employees through early contact with students
  • Information on related research
  • Stimulation research opportunities with in-house staff

In addition, member companies can participate in the following:

Technology Transfer and Training

MARC provides technical newsletters to its partners and organizes a variety of workshops and training sessions on demand. Activities are to disseminate knowledge related to best practice for use on modified asphalts and their potential impacts on road performance. Activities include hands on technical workshops, in-house training sessions, and external site visits.

Special Project Research

Industrial Partners may fund directed research and negotiate for licensing the intellectual property. Please contact the Director for further details.

MARC team philosophy is that asphalt will continue to be a by-product that can, and should be, engineered to deliver better road surfacing, at an optimal cost, with minimum impact on society and the environment. The team strives to be at the leading edge of development and implementation of innovative testing methods for asphalt binders and mixtures. MARC has made significant contributions in the areas of advancing binder testing methods, warm and cold mix asphalt, asphalt emulsions, binder modification, and modeling.

Laboratory Testing and Characterization Services

The MARC laboratory has the capabilities to conduct standard asphalt binder performance specification and characterization testing as well as perform non-standard tests for advanced rheological and damaging characterization of asphalts. The laboratory also has capabilities in developing formulations for modified asphalts at a laboratory scale using polymeric and other additives.

The asphalt mixture laboratory includes a full set of asphalt mixture production, design, and performance testing equipment. It is capable of specialized methods for measuring workability, densification, resistance to mechanical and thermal loading, to assess all critical performance criteria.

For more information, view the MARC Consortium Membership Agreement (PDF).