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CAMP Professor Narayanan Neithalath Receives Tenure and Promotion


Professor Narayanan Neithalath

Assistant Professor Narayanan Neithalath has been granted tenure and promoted to Associate Professor in Clarkson University's Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. He has been a faculty member at Clarkson University since the fall of 2005 and obtained his Ph.D. from Purdue University, specializing in cement-based materials. His research expertise is in the development, characterization, performance evaluation, and modeling of cement-based materials.

Professor Neithalath's research projects primarily focus on developing and understanding the behavior of sustainable construction materials. He has secured external research funding totaling about $1.5 million from agencies such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, the New York State Department of Economic Development, and several other funding organizations and industry. His group at Clarkson is actively pursuing research on understanding the material design-structure-property relationships for pervious concrete pavement systems used for runoff reduction and highway noise abatement. They are also developing environmentally friendly concretes, novel sensing methods for concrete property detection, and the use of several industrial waste/by-product materials in high-performance concretes.

Neithalath was the recipient of the NSF CAREER award in 2008.  He was also honored with a Portland Cement Association fellowship for his work with pervious concrete systems. A concrete material (containing waste recycled glass powder as a partial cement replacement) developed by his group at Clarkson is being used in the construction of the University's new student center.

Professor Neithalath has published more than 35 papers in refereed journals and over 50 in conference and symposia proceedings. Two of his publications have received the best paper awards from the International Society of Concrete Pavements and Indian Society for Construction Materials and Structures. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board for the journal Cement and Concrete Composites (an Elsevier journal) and an associate editor for the ASCE Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering.


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Degradable Elastomers

CAMP Professor Devon Shipp and his group have demonstrated that linear and crosslinked polyanhydrides can be made by using photoinitiated thiol-ene chemistry.  This is a simple and effective method of making crosslinked structures that have surface degradation characteristics.  A paper describing this work recently appeared in the journal Chemical Communications.  This technology has potential use in biomedical applications such as drug delivery, orthopedics, tissue engineering, and scaffolds.

More information about Professor Shipp's research activities can be found at