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Clarkson Recognized With National Award For Leadership In Nanomaterials Research
Clarkson University’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) has received the first annual Leadership in Nanomaterial R&D Award from Business Communications Company. CAMP Director and Vice Provost for Research S. V. Babu accepted the award on behalf of the Center at a ceremony held yesterday evening during the national Nanoparticles 2003 conference in Cambridge, Mass.
Clarkson was selected to receive the award by a vote of more than 300 nano professionals from research and industry
“This is a great honor and one that recognizes Clarkson’s well-established and long standing research excellence and international reputation in the fields of colloid and surface science and engineering and small particle technology,” said Babu.
“Colloid and particle science and engineering are at the heart of technological advances in the materials revolution currently underway and in the creation of new designer structures with
h unique properties,” he added. “Interdisciplinary collaboration among scientists and engineers at Clarkson has put our University at the forefront in this vast field of rapidly emerging technology. This wonderful award is a recognition of our faculty’s great team effort.”
Nanomaterials are metals, ceramics, polymeric materials or composite materials that are characterized by features that are extremely small in size (a nanometer is roughly the size of three to five atoms, or about 50,000 times smaller than the diameter of a human hair) and have immense potential for wide-ranging industrial, biomedical and electronic applications. As technology advances and sophisticated instrumentation is developed, scientists are increasingly able to fabricate and investigate materials by manipulating particles and maneuvering individual atoms.
Clarkson’s expertise in colloid and fine particle science and engineering emerged in the early 1960s under the leadership of particle scientists Milton Kerker and Egon Matijević. Their pioneering work in the synthesis and characterization of colloidal matter established both as leaders in the field, and attracted additional outstanding scientists to Clarkson. The work at Clarkson also gained the attention of others using colloids, including government agencies and industry. By 1965, the Clarkson Institute of Colloid and Surface Science was established, the first of its kind in the United States.
In 1987, Clarkson engineers under the guidance of Clarkson University Distinguished Professor William Wilcox, believed that the time was right to begin to focus on the application of the science and show industry that important colloids could be produced at industrial scale. The Institute evolved into CAMP, designated a New York State Center for Advanced Technology in 1989.
Today, CAMP’s small-particle scholars include faculty members from chemistry, physics, biology and all departments of engineering. Their research efforts continue the tradition of applying colloid technology to solve the practical needs of humanity.
“More than 20 interdisciplinary faculty are involved in developing innovations in advanced materials processing and translating this technology to business and industry that will dramatically alter and affect our physical world,“ said Professor of Chemistry Richard Partch, who also attended the meeting in Cambridge. “Our researchers are on the leading edge of discoveries with applications that range from making smaller, faster computer chips, to mitigating water and air pollution, to facilitating better medical diagnosis and treatment.”
Some $7.25 million of last year’s $30 million grant to Clarkson University from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation is being directed to support colloid science and related engineering research. The gift enables 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. 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.
The University was also awarded an endowed professorship in Colloid and Surface Science by the Shipley family in August 2002. Clarkson will host the Colloid and Surface Science conference of the American Chemical Society in June 2005.
Business Communications Company (BCC) of Stamford, Conn., is a leader in dissemination of scientific, engineering and business information, embracing many fields of technology. BCC organizes conferences, symposia, and workshops addressing specific issues, meetings of which attract international research and business interests.
Clarkson scientists and engineers have for many years been recognized by BCC for their contributions to colloid and particle technology. In October 2000, some 50 attendees of the BCC Conference on Fine, Ultrafine and Nano Powders held in Montreal, visited CAMP for a first-hand view of Clarkson’s facilities and research operations.