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

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Ph.D. student Lifeng Chen completed his core-shell/microcapsule research for his thesis and accepted an internship from Xerox for the period April – December 2013 at the Webster, NY facility. Ph.D. student Chenyu Lin will also complete his research in the area of bimolecular charge transfer complexes which have potential as antidotes for overdoses of numerous legal and illegal drugs having at least one benzenoid ring in their structure.

Undergraduate Ashley Forshey, funded by an NSF internship and co-mentored by Professors Ojo (CEE) and Partch (CM), successfully obtained preliminary results that should lead to new concepts in the field of thermal fluids. She assembled a bench top closed-loop flow system using water as the fluid, modified the surface of graphene flakes so they would not aggregate but remain dispersed, and measured the heat uptake and removal when each water only or water with dispersed graphene was exposed to heat lamp energy. The results set the stage for the unique goal of assembling the graphene flakes on dispersed (wax) phase change particles and measuring heat transfer efficiency.

Undergraduate Alexandra Cameron (funded by the Oil and Gas Division of General Electric and co-mentored by Professors Freeman (ME) and Partch (CM), and assisted by Research Associate Justen Schaefer) undertook the challenge to determine for GE why large valves packed with grease connecting pipes in oil fields explode under some conditions. Several grease types were evaluated under various thermal conditions in open or closed vessels and with and without steam present. All but one type showed a rapid rise in pressure when heated to 300-350o C. This one has the potential of being safe to use.

Professor Katz’s Research Could Lead to Faster Use of Crime Scene Evidence

Research conducted by the group of Professor Evgeny Katz (the Milton Kerker Chaired Professor of Colloid Science at Clarkson University), along with Dr. Jan Halámek (now at SUNY Albany), shows that blood found at the crime scene could be tested on the spot to indicate a suspect's ethnicity. See Figure 1. Current studies of evidence, like DNA/RNA analysis, take a long time, are expensive and can't be done right at the crime scene. In contrast, Professor Katz's new technique is easy, quick, less expensive, and can be performed right away.

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Figure 1:  Analysis of biomarkers in blood allows one to recognize ethnicity by following different biomarker patterns.

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Professor Evgeny Katz (the Milton Kerker Chaired Professor of Colloid Science at Clarkson University) poses with his research group. Professor Katz (in the front and center) is wearing a blue shirt.

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Clarkson University’s Dean of Engineering Professor Goodarz Ahmadi Gives Plenary Lecture in Korea   

Dr. Ahmadi

Clarkson University’s Dean of Engineering Professor Goodarz Ahmadi (right) receives a plaque, in recognition of his plenary lecture, from Professor Massoud Kaviany of the University of Michigan who chaired the session.

Professor Goodarz Ahmadi (the Dean of Engineering at Clarkson University) delivered a plenary lecture at the International Conference on Multiphase Flow held in Jeju, Korea, during the month of June. He talked about his research on particle transport, deposition and removal in environmental and biological applications. The presentation was related to the book he recently coauthored, Computational Fluid and Particle Dynamics in the Human Respiratory System. Ahmadi explained the science behind tracking particles in environmental and biological flows and discussed recent advances in high-quality computer models and simulations.

The conference in Korea included more than 1,000 attendees from over 40 countries across Asia, Europe, North America and Australia. Following this event, Professor Ahmadi gave a keynote lecture at the International Symposium on Turbulent Particle-Laden Flow and Coal Combustion in Wuhan, China.

Professor Ahmadi has authored three books and more than 525 papers in archival journals.  Also he has given over 1,000 presentations at national and international conferences. In addition, he is on the editorial advisory board of 11 technical journals and is a fellow of ASME, ISME and ISCE. More information can be found about his research at the following website.  http://clarkson.edu/projects/fluidflow