Fourteen research projects were supported by the Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT) Program of New York State's Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) in the 2002 - 2003 fiscal year. Project titles and principal investigators are listed below for each research area

  • Particle Synthesis and Properties
    H.T. Passivation
    -D. Goia
    Modeling of Synthesis of Well-Defined Nanosize Particles and Monodispersed Colloids
    -V. Privman
    Novel, Well-Defined and Functional Polymer-Silicate Nano-Composites
    -D. Shipp
  • Thin Films and Coatings
    Diamond Film Deposition
    - L. L. Regel
  • Particle Transport, Deposition and Removal
    Transport, Deposition, and Removal of Nanoparticles

    -G. Ahmadi
    Non-Contact Characterization of Nanoparticle-Substrate Adhesion
    - C. Cetinkaya
  • Colloidal Dispersions and Processing
    Investigation of Decolorization of Carbon Black Dispersions
    - R. Partch
  • Chemical-Mechanical Planarization (CMP) Modeling of Chemical-Mechanical Polishing (CMP)
    - G. Ahmadi
    Post-CMP Cleaning with Pulsed Lasers
    - C. Cetinkaya
    Self Assembled Bilayers for MEMS/NEMS Fabrication
    - Y. Li
    Some Fundamental Issues in CMP
    -R.S. Subramanian
    Electropolishing / Electroplating
    - I. Suni
  • Supporting Technologies
    Aerodynamic Lens for Nanoparticles
    - G. Ahmadi
    Thermal Modeling of SOI Devices
    - M. Cheng

The following projects are being funded during 2003-2004.

  • Particle Synthesis and Properties
    Growth of Nanoscale Metal Powders
    - D. Rasmussen
    Nanoparticle Synthesis - Modeling
    - V. Privman
    Light-Harvesting Polymers
    - D. Shipp
  • Thin Films and Coatings
    Diamond Deposition

    - L. Regel
  • Particle Transport, Deposition, and Removal
    Projects on Nanoparticle Transport, Aerodynamic Lens and CMP Modeling

    - G. Ahmadi
  • Chemical-Mechanical Planarization (CMP)
    CMP of Metal and Dielectric Films
    - S.V. Babu
    Pulsed Laser for Film and Post-CMP Cleaning
    - C. Cetinkaya
    Liposome Systems and Post-CMP Cleaning
    - Y. Li
    Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy Studies in Metal CMP
    - D. Roy
    Fundamental Issues in CMP
    - R.S. Subramanian
    Electroplating and Polishing
    - I. Suni

  • Supporting Technologies
    Lost Foam Casting Process
    - K. Janoyan
    Applications of AFM Techniques
    - I. Sokolov

CAMP's Annual Technical Meeting 2003


Deposition of Diamond Films, Aluminum Alloy Solidification, and Contact Angle Measurements

Professor Liya L. Regel has continued research on the deposition of diamond films on a variety of substrates, including those of interest to Kodak, Corning and other companies. Her group is utilizing a new, simpler, less expensive method than has been used previously. Deposition has been achieved on substrates that had previously appeared impossible. Several invention disclosures have been submitted.

CAMP Professor Regel and Clarkson Distinguished Professor William Wilcox are also working with scientists from the Ioffe Physical Technical Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia to determine the influence of levitation and centrifugation on the microstructure and properties of aluminum alloys. Thus far, a variety of hypo- and hyper-eutectic alloys of Al-Ge and Al-Si-Ge were melted and solidified during levitation and centrifugation.

In addition, an apparatus was developed for determining the influence of gas composition on surface tension and contact angle of high-melting materials using the sessile drop technique. Several molten salts were measured for Osram Sylvania. For a NASA grant, it was determined that oxygen and hydrogen both lower the surface tension of molten Ga-doped InSb. Oxygen also lowered its contact angle on fused silica (quartz).

Clarkson Distinguished Professor William Wilcox (far left) and professors from the Ioffe Physico-Technical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences with the unique Clarkson centrifuge. They are working under the first grant at Clarkson from the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation.


Inhalation Drug Delivery and Lung Deposition

Clarkson Distinguished Professor Goodarz Ahmadi (the Robert R. Hill '48 Professor) and Professor Philip Hopke (the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor), in collaboration with Dr. Yung Sung Cheng of Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute,are studying fiber deposition in the human lung. Earlier Professor Ahmadi and Dr. Han and Dr. Greenspan of Sura Pharmaceuticals studied powder dispersion in inhalation drug delivery systems.






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