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CAMP Annual Report: Page 10

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  International Research Experiences for Students in Advanced Materials for Sustainable Development  



Caleb Koch, a student from Virginia Tech in the IRES-AMSD program working at the Materials Science Lab at Tsinghua University, China to construct and test new generations of water filters.

A special program took place during the summer of 2011 to provide students with an international research experience in advanced materials. The program is titled International Research Experiences for Students: Advanced Materials for a Sustainable Development (IRES-AMSD). It involves three Clarkson University Professors: Professor Hayley Shen and Professor Yongming Liu (both of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering) and Distinguished University Professor and CAMP Director S.V. Babu.  This Program is sponsored by the East Asia and Pacific Program – Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation, and co-sponsored by Corning, Inc. and the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson University. Three Chinese institutions provided projects and mentors for this program. They are: Nanjing University, the Physics Institute of the Chinese Academy, and Tsinghua University. Six highly qualified students from six different universities were selected to participate in the Program. The program consisted of a two-day orientation at Clarkson University and a three-day post program with activities at Corning, New York. The students spent 9 weeks in China, conducting research under the supervision of Chinese faculty mentors, along with their graduate students. In addition to conducting research on current topics at their host sites, the students also gained first-hand experience on working in a country with a very different culture and history, and doing research in an international environment. This 10-week experience will have lasting impact on the professional development of the student participants. The photos show students carrying out research projects in China.


 Tom Lee, a student from Texas-Austin in the IRES-AMSD program examines a DSSC (Dye Synthesized Solar Cell) sample he just created in the Eco-Materials and Renewable Energy Research Center at Nanjing University, China

The post program included program evaluation, group meetings, and a one-day visit at Corning, Inc. for the students to present their work, learn the past and current research at Corning, and to discuss international R&D with the engineers. The financial and in-kind sponsorship from Corning has greatly enhanced this program. This IRES-AMSD Program could not have been successful without the enthusiastic cooperation of the Chinese colleagues at Nanjing University, the Physics Institute of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Tsinghua University. Special thanks are extended to Professor Tao Yue of Nanjing University, Dr. Meiying Hou of the Physics Institute, Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Professor Chang-An Wang of Tsinghua University and to the faculty mentors and their graduate assistants for working with the students on their research projects.

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Aerosol Measurements and Instrumentation Development

Suresh Dhaniyala, Associate Professor in Clarkson’s Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, has research interests in the fields of aerosol physics and atmospheric aerosol measurements.  The recent research activities in his group have focused on characterization of nano-aerosol, advanced aerosol instrumentation development, and mobile source emissions measurement.  Professor Dhaniyala and his group recently developed a new high-resolution instrument for near real-time size distribution of particles over a size range of 1.6-1000 nm.  This instrument has been deployed for fast measurement of particle size distributions in mobile source emissions and atmospheric aerosol.  Also, using chassis-dynamometer, based experiments, Professor Dhaniyala and his group are studying optimization of light-duty diesel engine performance considering a range of fuel types and engine operating conditions.  Funding sources for these projects include the NSF, NYSERDA, NASA, and the EPA. 



Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

CAMP Professor Sulapha Peethamparan, in Clarkson University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is carrying out research to develop sustainable infrastructure materials by alkali activation of alumino-silicate containing industrial by-products, using high volume fly ash, slag and other industrial by-products such as cement kiln dusts. She is also interested in the mechanism of Portland and oil well cement hydration; the setting kinetics of cements; micro-/nano-scale characterization of cement/cementitious materials; forensic analyses of deteriorated concrete; and lime/cementitious soil stabilization. In addition, she is interested in CO2 sequestration using industrial alkaline byproducts via mineral carbonation.