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CAMP Receives the First Annual Leadership Award in Nanomaterials R & D

Clarkson's expertise in colloid and fine particle science and engineering emerged in the early 1960s under the leadership of particle scientists, Professors Milton Kerker and Egon Matijevic' . Their pioneering work in the synthesis and characterization of colloidal matter established both as leaders in the field, and attracted additional outstanding scientists toClarkson. The work at Clarkson also gained the attention of others using colloids, including government agencies and industry. By 1965, the Clarkson Institute of Colloid and Surface Science was established, the first of its kind in the United States.

In 1987, Clarkson engineers under the guidance of Clarkson University Distinguished Professor William Wilcox, believed that the time was right to begin to focus on the application of the science and show industry that important colloids could be produced at industrial scale. The Institute evolved into CAMP, designated a New York State Center for Advanced Technology in 1989. Professor Wilcox was the Founding Director of CAMP, followed by Professor Raymond Mackay who was the director from 1992 to 1999.

Today, CAMP's small-particle scholars include faculty members from chemistry, physics, biology and all departments of engineering. Their research efforts continue the tradition of applying colloid technology to solve the practical needs of humanity.

"More than 20 interdisciplinary faculty are involved in developing innovations in advanced materials processing and translating this technology to business and industry that will dramatically alter and affect our physical world," said Senior University Professor Richard Partch, who also attended the meeting in Cambridge. "Our researchers are on the leading edge of discoveries with applications that range from making smaller, faster computer chips, to mitigating water and air pollution, to facilitating better medical diagnosis and treatment."

$7.25 million of last year's $30 million gift to Clarkson University from the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation is being directed to support colloid science and engineering research. The gift enables Clarkson to maintain its leadership position by attracting and retaining scholars of the highest caliber through endowed chairs and endowed fellowships, including a chair in honor of Emeritus Professor Milton Kerker. Other uses include modernizing instrumentation and ongoing upgrades of laboratory facilities and equipment to maintain the state-of-the-art standards required for world-class achievements.

The University was also awarded an endowed professorship in Colloid and Surface Science. This endowed Egon Matijevic' Chair position was a gift from Charles and Lucia Shipley to honor Victor K. LaMer Professor of Chemistry Egon Matijevic' , for a lifetime of professional achievement in the field of colloid chemistry. Professor Sergiy Minko has been recruited from Germany to occupy this professorship. He joined Clarkson in 2003. In addition, Clarkson will host the Colloid and Surface Science conference of the American Chemical Society in June 2005.

Business Communications Company (BCC) of Stamford, CT, is a leader in dissemination of scientific, engineering and business information, embracing many fields of technology. BCC organizes conferences, symposia, and workshops addressing specific issues, meetings of which attract international research and business interests.

Clarkson scientists and engineers have for many years been recognized by BCC for their contributions to colloid and particle technology. In October 2000, some 50 attendees of the BCC Conference on Fine, Ultrafine and Nano Powders held in Montreal, visited CAMP for a first-hand view of Clarkson's facilities and research operations.


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