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01-24-2006

Clarkson and Alfred University Receive $1.8 Million NYSTAR Grant

As the manufacturing base in New York state and the U.S. declines, universities are stepping up their research to develop new processes, materials and products and then transferring that technology to industry to help companies remain competitive in a global market.

Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Technology and Alfred University's Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) are among the forefront of some of the most exciting research and technology transfer in the area of nanomaterials. Working collaboratively ─ with $1.8 million in funding from The New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) ─ the two universities will develop flexible and modular processing systems for producing the next generation of electronic ceramic components and other nanostructures.

The NYSTAR Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) program was created to capitalize on New York state's outstanding research resources and use those resources to create jobs and opportunities through innovation.

The Clarkson and Alfred partnership will develop pilot plant facilities and expertise in the synthesis of nano-sized ceramic and metal powders and subsequent processing and consolidation into nano-structured ceramic components with enhanced properties. Using new process intensification technologies being developed by Clarkson Professor Roshan Jachuck, Clarkson researchers Egon Matijević, Richard Partch, Dan Goia, and S.V. Babu will synthesize and produce nanopowders in pilot plant quantities. The powders will then be supplied to Alfred to be converted into specific electronic components and devices for characterization and evaluation.

"The pilot plants at Clarkson and Alfred will serve as industrial scale proving grounds for innovative production technologies for nanomaterials," remarked Babu, Clarkson University Distinguished Professor and director of CAMP. "Our intent is to assist New York state industries in adopting cutting-edge product development techniques and achieving manufacturing efficiencies."

In the initial phase of the project, researchers will demonstrate innovative nanopowder synthesis and consolidation technologies to New York state companies that produce multi-layer capacitors, zinc-oxide varistors and ferrite inductor cores. Ferro Corporation, Ferronics Inc., AVX and Cooper Power Systems, along with others, collaborated with CAMP and CACT on the proposal to NYSTAR. These New York firms, all with long ties to Clarkson and Alfred, are considered "small" companies, but are very important employers in their respective communities.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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