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THE RESEARCH AND CENTER ACTIVITIES
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 fourth year as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology.
PARTICLE SYNTHESIS AND PROPERTIES
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. These materials are used extensively in established fields such as catalysis, electronics, and metallurgy as well as many emerging applications in medicine, biology, defense, 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. Other current funded projects involve the development of screen printable conductive pastes for thick film microelectronics, silver dispersions for inkjet printable electronics, core-shell metallic particles for optical and catalytic applications and materials for high capacity energy storage/batteries.
Cross bacterial contamination among patients in hospitals and medical facilities has been a serious issue. Ultraviolet Germicidal Irradiation (UVGI) purification systems can effectively reduce these bacterial contaminants, but the efficiency of the systems is dependent on the airflow in and around these UVGI systems. Professor Goodarz Ahmadi, in collaboration with researchers at Syracuse University and at Haledyne, is working on improving the performance of the UVGI system developed by Haledyne LLC. The specific objective is to perform computational and experimental studies on the nature of air distribution around the device in a room. The goal is to improve the efficiency and optimize the energy usage of the UVGI system.
Indoor air pollution is believed to be the cause of many respiratory health issues. The general goal of this project is to provide a fundamental understanding of particle resuspension in an indoor environment and its contribution to indoor air pollution. However, the effects of nature, of foot motion, the gait cycle, and in particular the electrostatic forces on particle detachment and resuspension, are not well understood. Professors Ferro and Ahmadi are using computation and experimental studies on the motion of a mechanical foot and the resulting resuspension from the floor. Particular attention is given to the electrostatic forces and airflow that are generated by walking on floors and their effects on particle detachment in indoor environments.
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Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu, Honored with Education Leadership Award
Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu displays his Education Leadership Awards
The World Education Congress recently conferred an Education Leadership Award upon Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu. He was selected for this prestigious honor because of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of education. This award, which consists of a trophy and a citation, was presented to Professor Babu on June 29 at the World Education Congress 2012 (Conference) held in Mumbai, India. The World Education Congress is a not for profit organization that is run and managed by professionals with a passion to make a difference in the global community.
Distinguished University Professor S.V. Babu is an expert in the field of Chemical Mechanical Planarization. He supervised 38 Ph.D. and 36 M.S. students and is a co-inventor of 27 patents and is a co-author of over 230 professional publications. He co-organized many symposia and served as a Keynote Speaker numerous times. Among others, he is a recipient of the 2004 IBM Faculty Award and was honored in 2010 with a Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai.