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New CAMP / Otis Technology, Inc. Collaboration

Otis Technology, Lyons Falls, NY

CAMP Professors Richard Partch, Don Rasmussen and Devon Shipp have received funding from Grants for Growths to collaborate with Otis Technology to determine how Otis' LifeLiner gun barrel treatment improves barrel performance, and to develop an improved treatment composition by employing fundamental nanoparticle technology.

Otis Technology, Inc. is a manufacturer of gun-cleaning solutions. The company is located in Lyons Falls, New York and was founded in 1985 by Doreen (Williams) Garrett when she was a high –school student.
  Doreen currently serves as President of the company.  Growing at a rate > 50%, Otis Technology today employs 150 people at its Lyons Falls plant.  The company serves three markets: Military, Law Enforcement and the Commercial Market.

As Otis Technology continues its growth, it has a goal of introducing five new products to the market each year.
  Building on the company reputation, Otis prides itself in bringing premium products to the market.  As the company turns to more sophisticated solutions to issues facing its customers in the firearms market, Otis Technology is being asked for more information on how and why their products work. 

In February of 2008 a team from Otis Technology visited Clarkson University to meet with members of CAMP (Center for Advanced Materials Processing). Otis came to Potsdam to engage the faculty in areas of potential collaboration between the two organizations.  During the day long meeting, each organization presented material that defined the strength and knowledge of the firearms market and areas of research by the scientists at the university.

A goal of CAMP/Clarkson University is to reach out to NY State industries and partner with them, bringing to bear the scientific skills and research facilities of the University to solve issues facing the companies.  Cooperation between companies such as Otis Technology and CAMP/ Clarkson University has the ability to bring technical solutions to issues facing these companies.  Successful solutions to unique materials issues will result in the addition of new jobs in Lyons Falls and the development of increased skill sets at Otis Technology.

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Professor Shipp’s Team Adds a New Research Focus Area: Novel Polymer-Inorganic Hybrids for Photovoltaic Applications

Professor Devon Shipp and his team have recently focused on creating new nanomaterials for photovoltaic (PV) devices.  The research, which leverages their expertise in polymer synthesis and nanocomposites, aims to create low-cost, large-area PV devices through the use of phase separation in block copolymers leading to well-ordered polymer nanocomposites.  Such hybrid nanomaterials have great potential for applications in photo- and electrochemical devices (e.g. solar cells, sensors).  In particular, PV systems based on materials that have well-ordered nanoscale features are highly sought after because they may increase efficiency through both improved charge separation and reduced exciton (positive and negative charge pairs) recombination.  Organic and hybrid materials are more likely to lend themselves to large-area PV applications than are silicon-based PV cells.  As such, they can be placed on almost any type of surface, ranging from clothing to roofs, tents, and even the inside and outside of walls. This work has recently been approved to receive funds from NYSERDA, and will be carried out by Professor Shipp’s group in collaboration with a company. More information about Professor Shipp’s research activities can be found at