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CAMP Annual Report: Page 3

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CAMP is an interdisciplinary science and engineering endeavor dedicated to research on high-technology materials processing. This research is focused on the production, modification and conversion of matter for which “small” particles, colloidal media and / or surfaces play an important role in the process and /or properties of the final product. Presented here are some highlights of the research during CAMP's twenty first year as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology.


Metallic Particles

CAMP Distinguished Professor Dan Goia is involved in the synthesis, characterization, and modification of ultra-fine and nanosize metallic and metal-composite particles with controlled size, shape, internal structure, composition, and surface properties. Besides being used extensively in catalysis, electronics, and metallurgy, these materials are starting to have a significant impact in many emerging technological fields such as medicine, biology, defense, nonlinear optics, energy generation, and magnetic storage. Presently, Professor Goia has several active government and industrial grants to develop materials for defense applications, PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) and solid oxide fuel cells, silicon based solar cells, plasma display panels, electromagnetic interference shielding, and metallurgical applications. His current work also involves the development of screen printable conductive pastes and inks for thick film microelectronics and silver dispersions for inkjet printable electronics.

Inhalation Drug Delivery and Lung Deposition
Clarkson Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi (the Robert R. Hill ‘48 Professor and Dean of Engineering) and Professor Philip Hopke (the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor), in collaboration with Dr. Yung Sung Cheng of Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, are studying particle and fiber deposition in the human lung and nose for a NIOSH funded project

Electrohydrodynamic Flows during Corona Discharge
Professor Ahmadi and his students, along with Dr. Fan of Xerox, are studying electrohydrodynamic flows in corotrons in electrophotographic machines (printers and copiers). They developed a computational model for analyzing electrohydrodynamic flows during corona discharge.   They are in the process of extending their computational model to include transport and deposition of charged toner particles in the presence of a strong electric field.  They showed that electrohydrodynamics could strongly affect the transport and deposition of small particles in corona devices.   

Computational and Experimental Techniques for Human Health and Security in Indoor Environments
Professors Ahmadi, McLaughlin, and Helenbrook, in collaboration with their colleagues at Syracuse University, are developing tools that allow for technology innovations for creating new Intelligent Environmental Quality Systems (i-EQS) for improved health and security in indoor environments.  The specific objective is to develop experimentally validated computational tools for predicting the airflow and transport and migration of aerosols in the indoor environment.   The study will be focused on assessing personal exposure due to exchanges between the breathing zones of occupants in indoor environments.  These tools will provide the basis to develop real time prediction and control systems for intelligent built environmental systems to improve human health as well as for increased security.  In addition, Professor Ahmadi is performing a computer simulation study for the Air Isolation Company in connection with their energy efficient fume hood projects.

Novel Polymer Materials and Polymerization Techniques

Research in Professor Devon Shipp's laboratories centers on novel polymer-based materials, including nanocomposites, hydrogels and biodegradable polymer networks.  Projects in Professor Shipp’s laboratory that utilize the group’s expertise in polymer synthesis, in particular living radical polymerizations, include: (a) the production of polymer modified metal oxide particles for potential use in photovoltaic cells, (b) the synthesis and study of biodegradable polymer network structures, (c) the development of methods to make highly uniform and surface-functionalized polymer spheres for use as templates for semi-conductor nanoparticle deposition, and (d) the synthesis of well-defined block copolymers that act as hydrogels and templating materials.  More information on Professor Shipp’s research activities can be found at

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CAMP Professor Narayanan Neithalath (left) and doctoral student Jitendra Jain  evaluate the resistance of glass powder modified concretes to highway and bridge de-icing salts



Shipley Distinguished Lectureship
presented by Jerrold Meinwald, Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus (of Cornell University)

"Violence, Sex, and Drugs in the World of Insects" Clarkson University

September 18, 2008

“Exploring the Chemistry of Biotic Interactions” Clarkson University

September 19, 2008

CAMP Fall Meeting

Clarkson University Potsdam, New York October 15 - 17, 2008

CAMP Spring Meeting Desmond Conference Center, Albany, New York April 3, 2009

CAMP’s Annual Technical Meeting New York May 13 – 15, 2009

CAMP’s Fourteenth  International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical Planarization (CMP) Crowne Plaza Resort & Golf Club

Lake Placid, New York

August 9 - 12, 2009

CAMP Fall Meeting

Clarkson University Potsdam, New York

October 14 -16, 2009

(For information about CAMP industrial short courses, please call Professor Richard Partch at 315-268-2351 or send email to him at

Information, on these and other CAMP events, is available at the CAMP website at