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Colloid and Particle Science

Coulter funds will maintain faculty eminence and research leadership in Clarkson’s premier field of expertise

Anja Mueller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is assisting Timothy McAuley, a Ph.D. student in Chemistry
Anja Mueller, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, is assisting Timothy McAuley, a Ph.D. student in Chemistry, in performing research on biological fuel cells for use in wearable medical sensors. Using measurements obtained with an atomic force microscope, they are exploring the process of coating electrodes with enzymes.
Research and technological breakthroughs in colloid and particle science and engineering are making an impact in virtually every aspect of human life. From advances in medical treatment through time-release capsules in blood to coatings that protect NASA probes in space and make siding better on homes, engineering and science are fashioning a new and better physical world. Colloid and particle science and engineering are at the heart of technological advances in the digital revolution and in the search for new designer materials with unique properties.

Clarkson’s expertise in colloid and particle science and engineering led to creation of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP), the University’s preeminent powerhouse of research. A model of interdisciplinary collaboration, today CAMP’s leading-edge research includes health and environmental fields and the University is moving ahead in the exciting new realm of nanotechnology.


Funding of $7.25 million from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation will enable Clarkson to maintain its leadership position by attracting and retaining scholars of the highest caliber through endowed chairs and endowed fellowships, including a chair in honor of Professor Emeritus Milton Kerker. Colloid Science is one of the key areas to be supported. Other uses include modernizing instrumentation and ongoing upgrades of laboratory facilities and equipment to maintain the state-of-the-art standards required for world-class achievements.