CAMP to Commence Youth Outreach Program

Clarkson University is well known for its BS, MS, MBA and PhD level educational curricula and programs. But it also has offered and supported successful ones focused on pre-college youth having aspirations to become engineers and /or scientists. An example is the 5-week Summer Research Experience in Chemistry, for high ability rising high school seniors, created and directed by CAMP Professor Richard Partch from 1975-1990.

Starting in the summer of 2007, Professor Partch will reestablish and direct the research experience program with opportunities for ten to twelve students to participate in one of many CAMP-wide technical project areas. Readers are encouraged to share the above information (of this challenging and important program) with family, friends and high school personnel in their geographical area. The long-term goal of CAMP is to involve youth in exciting technology projects, so that they may later expand and improve the technical workforce in New York State.

CAMP Receives CAT Development Contract for Chemical Mechanical Planarization

CAMP recently received a $399,700 Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) Development Contract from NYSTAR. This award will be used to expand CAMP’s Chemical Mechanical Planarization (CMP) work with four New York state companies, including Ferro, ASPT, and Air Liquide. Distinguished University Professor / CAMP Director S.V. Babu serves as P.I. for the project, along with CAMP Professor Yuzhuo Li. This work focuses on microelectronic fabrications including copper, tungsten, Shallow Trench Isolation (STI), and nickel phosphorous (NiP).








.  Professor Dan Goia

Figure 3. Al nanoflake

Obscurant Materials Developed at CAMP Are Selected by the US Army

As part of the research conducted over the last two years on behalf of the US Army, CAMP Professor Dan Goia and his group consisting of Research Associate Corina Goia and graduate students Duy Le and Benjamin Morrow have succeeded in developing several highly effective IR obscurant materials. Among the new products, the aluminum nanoflakes developed at Clarkson have been proven to be particularly effective as they exceed the performance targets initially set by the Army for this specific application. These highly conductive anisotropic metallic particles (shown in Figure 3) have an average thickness of 25 nanometers and a very high aspect ratio (over 500), properties which make them very effective in absorbing electromagnetic waves over the entire infrared spectrum.

Despite the fact that many companies, universities, and government laboratories have also been deeply involved in this important defense program, the product developed by Professor Goia's group offers the best performance-to-cost ratio and has been selected by the U. S. Army as the material of choice for the next phase of the Obscurant Smokes program. As a result, the support for the research conducted at Clarkson was extended to provide primarily the resources needed for manufacturing large quantities of aluminum nanoflakes. As part of the project extension, Professor Goia's group has already demonstrated the scalability of the preparation process and has secured a steady source of larger amounts of product for the Army's future development work. At the same time, a significant part of the research is also focused on investigating the possibility to apply the technology developed in CAMP to other highly conductive metals suggested by the Army scientists.

For more information about Professor Dan Goia and his research, you may call him at 315-268-4411 or send email to goiadanv@clarkson.edu.

Professor Richard Partch

.  Professor Don Rasmussen

In parallel with the above obscurant achievements, CAMP Professors Richard Partch and Don Rasmussen, with experimental assistance by Justen Schaefer, Nathan Victor, Nicholas Downey and Matthew Kelly, have succeeded in post-processing Professor Goia's milled flakes, as well as commercial aluminum and brass flakes and multiwalled carbon nanotubes, to raise their obscurant effectiveness in dry powder form. At a meeting in January, 2007 at Edgewood, MD, army collaborators showed data that the chemical surface modifications and freeze dry techniques employed at CAMP yield some metal powders 20-30% more effective as obscurants than others.

For more information about Professor Richard Partch and his research, you may call him at 315-268-2351 or send email to partch@clarkson.edu. For more information about Professor Don Rasmussen and his research, you may call him at 315-268-3820 or send email to rasmu@clarkson.edu.