Laboratories for Clarkson's Center for Air Resources Engineering
Clarkson has recently constructed new analytical laboratory space
for its Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES),
which is directed by Professors Philip Hopke and Goodarz Ahmadi.
Clarkson is a major partner in the Environmental Quality Systems
Center headquartered at Syracuse University ( http://eqs.syr.edu
). This Center has been initiated by a $15,000,000 grant from the
New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research
(NYSTAR). The new laboratories include separate facilities for each
major instrument as well as inorganic and organic sample preparation
facilities. A temperature and humidity controlled weighing room
has been constructed that will provide an environment that meets
EPA requirements for filter weighing. The mercury laboratory has
an air supply that is filtered through activated charcoal and a
HEPA filter to ensure low blank valued measurement. Rooms are also
available for working with light sensitive compounds. A Spectro
Lab-X 2000 energy-dispersive x-ray fluorescence system has been
delivered and is being tested and calibrated. The order has been
placed with Thermo Electron for an inductively couple plasma/mass
spectrometer, a gas chromatograph / mass spectrometer (GC/MS), and
a liquid chromatograph / mass spectrometer (LC/MS). The GC/MS and
LC/MS has ion trap mass spectrometers so they have the capability
of multiple mass spectrometric analysis. These units will be delivered
later this year and will provide state-of-the-art analytical capability
for the campus. A Director for the Analytical Laboratory, Dr. Kaisheng
Jiao, will be joining the Center in January 2004. His expertise
is in organic analysis with particular emphasis on LC/MS. This focus
is timely since there is much interest in the carbonaceous fraction
of the ambient aerosol composition and much of this material cannot
be separated by gas chromatography.
Representatives Visit CAMP
left: Senior University Professor Richard Partch, CAMP Deputy Director
Edward McNamara, Kathy Wise (Director of Programs for the New York
State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research), and
Chris Mathey (Government and Community Affairs Liaison for Representative
In July Kathy Wise, Director of Programs for the
New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research,
and Chris Mathey, Government and Community Affairs Liaison for Representative
John McHugh ( whose congressional district which includes Potsdam
is one of the largest in the eastern United States) visited CAMP.
Vice Provost/CAMP Director S.V. Babu briefed the visitors about
progress on ongoing research, promising new research initiatives
for manufacturers and, in particular, a government client who is
investing $1.5 million in one sponsored research project. Senior
University Professor Richard Partch and Professor Dan Goia are the
research team leaders on a U.S. Army project to develop next generation
obscurant smoke systems for use in hiding troop and equipment movements
or initiating deception tactics. Congressman McHugh serves on the
House Armed Services Committee and represents the men and women
at one of America's new and largest Army posts. The CAMP guests
concluded their visit with a tour of the nearby Corning Incorporated
Canton plant. This plant has benefitted from CAMP research that
has been incorporated into their manufacturing systems, which produce
glass used in NASA space shuttles.
Sponsors its Eighth International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical
held its Eighth International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical Polishing
during the month of August. It took place at the Hilton Resort in
Lake Placid, NY from August 10 - 13, 2003. This successful meeting
had attendees from many different Countries and was Co-Chaired by
Vice Provost/CAMP Director S.V. Babu, Dr. Michael Oliver (Rodel),
Dr. Robert Her (Ferro), and Dr. Manabu Tsujimura (Ebara Corporation).
It included presentations by industrial and university representatives
and a poster session displaying CAMP's research activities on CMP.
of the Eighth International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical Polishing.
From left: Dr. Robert Her (Ferro), Dr. Manabu Tsujimura (Ebara Corporation),
Vice Provost/CAMP Director S.V. Babu, and Dr. Michael Oliver (Rodel).