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New Nanoindentation System for Advanced Materials Research at Clarkson University



The new Hysitron TI950 Triboindenter System at CAMP.

A new nanoindentation system has recently been purchased with funding from the NSF Major Research Instrumentation program (MRI) award and a matching fund from Clarkson University. This project is led by CAMP Professors Weiqiang Ding and John Moosbrugger, both from the Department of Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering together with six other CAMP professors from five academic departments across campus.

The new Hysitron TI950 Triboindenter system includes a number of advanced features such as a multiscale range probe, high temperature heating stage, nanoscale electrical contact resistance measurement, acoustic emission monitoring, nanoscale dynamic mechanical analysis, modulus mapping and atomic force microscope imaging.

Combined with various existing material characterization instruments on campus, this high capability nanoindentation system will further strengthen the excellent advanced materials research infrastructure at Clarkson. It will enable the mechanical characterization of a broad range of materials fabricated within CAMP, including nanocrystalline metals and alloys, thin conducting films from metallic nanoparticle precursors, nanostructured silica microcapsules, nanomaterial-reinforced polymer composites, and others.

The new system is expected to considerably accelerate and stimulate research efforts of a multidisciplinary group of faculty and promote interdisciplinary collaborations. It will provide invaluable training opportunities for graduate students working in the advanced materials area, and will become a new resource for laboratory training and demonstrations for a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Moreover, it will provide a new material characterization option for industry researchers in northern New York.


The CAMP newsletter is published four times per year by the Center for Advanced Materials Processing, a NYSTAR-designated Center for Advanced Technology located at Clarkson University.

Editor: Dana M. Barry.


Equal Opportunity Policy.  Clarkson University does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, veteran or marital status in provision of educational opportunity or employment opportunities and benefits.


Center for Advanced Materials Processing

Clarkson University 
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Potsdam, New York 13699-5665 S.V. Babu, Distinguished University Professor / CAMP Director (

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Phone: 315-268-2336

FAX: 315-268-7615



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CAMP Annual Technical Meeting

Canandaigua Inn on the Lake

Canandaigua, New York

May 19 - 21, 2010


CAMP’s Fifteenth  International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical Planarization

August 8 -11, 2010

Lake Placid, New York

CAMP Fall Meeting

October 12 - 14, 2010

Clarkson University

Potsdam, New York

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

Information, on these and other CAMP events, is available at the CAMP website at