CLARKSON UNIVERSITY · POTSDAM · NEW YORK 13699 · VOLUME 22 NO 3· MARCH  2007

Clarkson Receives Royalty Payments

Clarkson has received nearly $ 140,000 in royalty payments during 2006-07, including $136,918.36 from Ferro Corporation. NanoDynamics contributed $2,564.10 and Ames Goldsmith, Corporation provided $292.28. Ferro Corporation also paid an additional $81,780 during the three years 2004-06. The Ferro Corporation royalties cover licenses for a CAMP Slurry formulation developed in Professor Babu's laboratory by Dr. Ramanathan Srinivasan (currently on the faculty at IIT Chennai, India) and Dr. William America (currently a manager at NXP Semiconductor in East Fishkill, New York).

 

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CAMP Professors Carryout Fuel Cell Research

CAMP Professors Raghunathan Rengaswamy, Gregory Campbell, Dipankar Roy, Dan Goia, Ian Suni, and Don Rasmussen are involved in various aspects of fuel cell research.


Figure 1. Tubular PEMFC with forced air supply in cathode channel

Professors Raghunathan Rengaswamy and Gregory Campbell

Professor Rengaswamy's research group is working in the areas of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). Detailed models have been developed to predict the performance of tubular solid oxide fuel cells and the models are currently being used in optimization studies. A multivarible nonlinear load following controller is being developed. In the area of PEM fuel cells, non-invasive, in-situ diagnostics of PEMFC stacks using advanced signal processing algorithms for identifying operational problems are being developed. Professors Rengaswamy and Campbell are working on the development of composite polymers as membrane replacement and the coating of conductive polymers on alternate low weight, low cost materials to be used as flow manifolds in PEM fuel cells. As a result of pursuing the idea of fuel cells with improved power to weight ratio, Professors Rengaswamy and Campbell have developed tubular PEM fuel cells, a prototype of which is shown in Figure 1. Initial results (Figure 2) comparing the planar and tubular fuel cells, using the same non-commercial MEA, are very encouraging.


Figure 2. Performance comparison of Tubular and Planar PEMFC

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