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CAMP Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary

Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) celebrated its 25th Anniversary during the month of October. CAMP is a NYSTAR designated Center for Advanced Technology (CAT).  Its mission is to perform innovative research and conduct educational efforts on the synthesis and processing of advanced materials of value to industry.  One of CAMP’s major goals is to transfer technology developed by CAMP research to New York State businesses to use in improving manufacturing methods and in manufacturing new and improved products.

During the past twenty-five years CAMP has had three directors and three deputy directors.  Distinguished University Professor William Wilcox was the Founder and first director of CAMP from 1986-1991. A plaque was presented to him at the anniversary celebration, by Clarkson University President Anthony Collins and Distinguished University Professor and current CAMP Director S.V. Babu. This honor was in recognition of his leadership and distinguished contributions to CAMP. The second director of CAMP was Professor Raymond Mackay who served from 1991-1999 and was succeeded by S.V. Babu. During that period, CAMP also had three Deputy Directors: Edward McNamara (1987-2006), Dr. William America (2006-2007), and John (Jack) Prendergast (2007-2013).

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NYSTAR University Relations Manager Bonnie Messmer cuts CAMP’s 25thAnniversary cake. From left: Distinguished University Professor and Founder of CAMP William Wilcox, Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu,  NYSTAR University Relations Manager Bonnie Messmer, and Clarkson University President Anthony Collins.

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The Founder and First Director of CAMP, Distinguished University Professor William Wilcox (center), is presented with an award for his leadership and distinguished contributions to CAMP, by Clarkson University President Anthony Collins (right) and Distinguished University Professor and current CAMP Director S.V. Babu (left).

Read about The Early Days of CAMP by Proferssor Wilcox.

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Non-Contact Adhesion Characterization of Graphene-SiO2 Interfaces

The Photo-Acoustic Research (PAR) and Nanomechanics/Nanomaterials (NN) Laboratories (PAR) directed and co-directed by Professor Cetin Cetinkaya have been conducting analytical, computational, and experimental studies in the areas of laser-based particle removal and contact/non-contact adhesion measurements. There is a critical need in various industries for accurate adhesion measurements and characterization of micro/nanoparticles on flat and rough substrates. The PAR Lab has developed a novel characterization method to quantify the adhesion properties of single microparticles in a non-contact/non-destructive manner under various conditions. Since the non-contact method does not require the dislodgement of the particle from its substrate, the contributions of external effects, such as humidity, electrical field, and temperature, can be studied on a single particle at the same contact point. The recent focus is on the investigation of graphene adhesion. The PAR lab is developing a technique to measure the work-of-adhesion of the graphene-SiO2 interface. The PAR and NN laboratories have received research funds from the National Science Foundation, Intel, SEMATECH, Xerox Corporation, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer Inc., the Consortium for the Advancement of Manufacturing in Pharmaceuticals (CAMP), Praxair/Electronics, the US Army, as well as the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson.

 

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Professor Richard Partch and His Group End Summer 2013 with Successful Research Activities

Investigations carried out by Research Technicians Tania Tannahill, Lauren Gaskell and Christopher Lanthier, and Research Associate Justen Schaefer, in collaboration with Xerox personnel, on two projects focused on mitigating moisture sensitivity and toner charging efficiency, have shown good results on both fronts.  Humidity and charging are more interconnected for new “greener” toner, referred to as “biotoner,” composed of a mix of polyester from both petroleum and renewable sources. Encapsulation of biotoner particles with a moisture barrier polymer has been carried out using either coacervation or in situ synthesis in dispersions containing monomer and initiator. As for enhancing biotoner charging, several so-called charge transfer agents (CTAs), including some aluminum, chromium or zinc organometallics and some phosphates have been physisorbed or covalently attached to spherical silica nanoparticles for assembly on the core biotoner microparticles. All of this experience will be applied to short rod-shaped silica by Research Technician Deborah Shipp during the fall of 2013.

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