University Industrial Partner Receives Grant to
Commercialize Instrumentation Developed at Clarkson

One of Clarkson University's industrial partners has received a $50,000 grant to commercialize measurement instrumentation originally developed in the Clarkson laboratory of world-renowned air quality researcher Philip K. Hopke, Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry and director of the Center for Air Resources Engineering and Science at Clarkson.

New York State Assemblyman William Magnarelli (D-Syracuse) announced recently that Rupprecht & Patashnick Co. Inc. of Albany in collaboration with Clarkson University was one of four companies to receive a grant offered through the New York Indoor Environmental Quality Center (NYIEQ) Inc.'s Commercialization Assistance Program(CAP).

The grant was received for commercialization of the Ultrafine Particle Counter, an instrument that is capable of measuring the concentrations of aerosol particles down to two nanometers in size.

Rupprecht & Patashnick Co. works with leading researchers worldwide to design, manufacture, and market technologically advanced instrumentation in the areas of ambient air quality, diesel particulate exhaust, power plant emissions, and catalyst research.

"The research project was launched through an Environmental Protection Agency STAR grant," said Professor Hopke. "It took about four years to develop a prototype in our laboratory with the more recent work done in collaboration with Rupprecht & Patashnick and with support and assistance from NYSERDA and Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing. The CAP grant will enable the company to engineer a commercial prototype from our lab prototype. In the system we developed, air containing the particles to be measured is turbulently mixed with a stream of air saturated with condensable vapor so that the vapor cools and nucleates onto the particles. The resulting droplets then grow to a size where they can be effectively detected by light scattering. Our design provides better detection efficiency and greater ease of use."

The collaboration is one example of Clarkson's ongoing commitment to an entrepreneurial focus that turns research discoveries and intellectual property into business opportunities and jobs.

"By partnering with Rupprecht & Patashnick, we were able to produce a functional, stand-alone particle counting prototype system that could be the basis for a commercial product," added Professor Hopke. "The particle counter will then provide an economic benefit to New York State, where it will be manufactured and sold, as well as an environmental benefit as an effective tool for measuring small particle concentrations in air."

CAP was established in partnership with the Metropolitan Development Association (MDA) and the Empire State Development Corporation with grants received under the auspices of Assemblyman Magnarelli. The $50,000 grants are designed to encourage innovation, product development and entrepreneurship in the field of indoor environmental quality (IEQ). CAP projects must demonstrate commercialization potential and economic benefit to New York State.


Clarkson University Receives a Royalty Payment from Ferro

Clarkson University receives a royalty payment from Ferro Electronic Material Systems (a Corporate Sponsor of CAMP). This is for STI CMP slurry that was initially developed at CAMP in collaboration with Kodak (a Corporate Sponsor of CAMP) by Dr. William America, Dr. R. Srinivasan, and Vice Provost / CAMP Director S.V. Babu.

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