Professor Philip Hopke

CAMP Professor Philip Hopke is Reappointed Chair of the EPA Clean Air Committee

Professor Philip K. Hopke, the Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor, has been reappointed Chair of the Clean Air Scientific Advisory Committee (CASAC) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) until 2004. He, a member of Clarkson University's Departments of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, is a nationally renowned expert on airborne pollution. CASAC is responsible for reviewing the scientific basis for air quality standards covering the major pollutants (particles, ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and lead). Currently the committee is reviewing the problem of airborne particulate matter. Airborne particles have been implicated statistically to deaths and illness, and their reduction is a key target of current clean air standards. Next year, CASAC will begin a review of the basis for ozone regulations and the overall EPA air quality management strategy. Professor Hopke was initially appointed Chair of the CASAC in 2000. He leads a group of seven individuals selected to reflect the knowledge required to fulfill the committee's mission. The committee includes five scientists or engineers, at least one physician, and an individual involved with state or local environmental regulations. As an internationally renowned expert on airborne pollution, Professor Hopke has testified before Congress on topics such as funding for air quality research. He has also served on a number of national research committees, including current service on the congressionally mandated Committee on Research Priorities for Airborne Particulate Matter and the Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States. Professor Hopke has received close to $10 million in external research funding for his work on airborne pollution and air quality. He was recently named Director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science (CARES), a new research center established at Clarkson University to foster research in air sampling and analysis, receptor modeling, atmospheric deposition, and the application of computational fluid dynamics to air pollution problems. CARES is a founding member of the New York Environmental Quality Systems Center, a network of 12 research institutions, which recently received a $15 million grant from the New York State Office of Science, Technology and Academic Research (NYSTAR) to study air quality.





CAMP Professor Yuzhuo Li and his graduate students Nicole Heldt and Fadwa Odeh are collaborating on an NMR-related project with Dr. Vincent Jacques at Epix Medical, Inc. They are actively working on a new generation of contrasting agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). The project involves the use of NMR for the characterization and evaluation of the synthesized contrasting agent. In addition to simple proton 1D NMR spectra for routine characterization and spin-lattice relaxation time (T1) measurements, the team also uses pulsed-field gradient experiments to study the intermolecular interactions between the agent and its environment.

For more information about Professor Li and his research, please call him at 315-268-4407 or send email to yuzhuoli@clarkson.edu.


CAMP's Annual Technical Meeting
Gideon-Putnam Hotel & Conference Center
Saratoga Springs, New York
May 14-16, 2003

CAMP's Eighth International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical Polishing (CMP)

Hilton Resort
Lake Placid, New York
August 10 - 13, 2003


(For information about CAMP industrial short courses, please call Professor Richard Partch at 315-268-2351 or send email to him at partch@clarkson.edu).

** Information, on these and other CAMP events, is available at the CAMP web site at http://www.clarkson.edu/camp.