Special Workshops Held in Conjunction with the Colloid and Surface Science Symposium

Panel for Government - University Collaboration Workshop.
From left: Dr. David Nelson for NSF, Professor Venkatesh Narayanamurti of Harvard, Dr. Raymond Mackay for the U.S. Army, Robert A. Plane Endowed-Chair Professor Vladimir Privman (Session Moderator), Bayard D. Clarkson Distinguished Professor Philip Hopke, and Professor Gerald Feigenson of Cornell University.

In conjunction with the 79th American Chemical Society’s (ACS) Colloid and Surface Science Symposium, two special workshops were held at CAMP on June 15.

Robert A. Plane Endowed-Chair Professor Vladimir Privman of Clarkson University moderated the first workshop about the dynamics and issues related to government-university collaboration. This event started with talks by the invited government speakers ( Dr. Raymond Mackay for the U.S. Army, and Dr. David Nelson for NSF). Afterward, a roundtable session commenced with university panel members (Professor Gerald Feigenson of Cornell, Professor Philip Hopke of Clarkson, and Professor Venkatesh Narayanamurti of Harvard) joining the government representatives. The roundtable discussion focused on questions-and-answers motivated by the agenda (which included items such as funding and global competition) prepared by the moderator.

Professor Dan Goia of Clarkson University moderated the second workshop about the needs and balances in industry-university collaboration. The workshop provided a forum for researchers from industry and academia to exchange ideas, opinions, and experiences related to various aspects of the industry-university collaborations. The short formal presentations were delivered by three industrial panelists ( Dr. Alan Rae - VP of NanoDynamics Inc., Dr. Frances Lockwood - VP of the Valvoline Company, and Dr. Katharina Seitz - VP of Umicore in Germany) and two academic panelists (Professor Eric Grulke - University of Kentucky and Professor Roshan Jachuck - of Clarkson University). They were selected from a broad scientific and geographic spectrum, which focused on the issues and challenges faced by the two scientific communities in trying to work together. Following the presentations, the panel members and the participants had time to discuss how these interactions can be improved in order to capitalize on the opportunities generated by today's interdisciplinary world.






Professor Dipankar Roy’s Research Ranked among the Most Frequently Accessed Articles in a Prestigious Chemistry Journal

Research reported by CAMP Professor Dipankar Roy and his graduate students Michael Walters and Christopher Pettit ( in the prestigious Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) journal, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry in England), has been ranked among the top one percent of most downloaded articles for this journal during 2004. In a recent congratulatory letter to Professor Roy, the Deputy Editor of PCCP noted that out of many thousands of manuscripts electronically accessed during 2004, the Clarkson team’s report was the third most downloaded paper. Their article “Surface Kinetics of Electrodeposited Silver on Gold Probed with Potential Step and Optical Second Harmonic Generation Techniques,” PCCP Vol. 3, Pages 570-578, describes the group’s research in thin film materials for applications in electrocatalysis.

Professor Roy’s research involves the processing and characterization of materials at solid-liquid interfaces that have applications in electrocatalysis, energy conversion, chemical sensor technology, and semiconductor device fabrication. To study the physical and chemical properties of these interfaces, he combines optical methods such as second harmonic generation (SHG) and surface plasmon resonance (SPR) spectroscopy with electrochemical techniques such as electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), amperometry and voltammetry. The above-mentioned PCCP article explores a model system that is potentially relevant for electrocatalytic surface reactions like the oxidation of organic molecules. The technique of metal electrodeposition is utilized in this work to fabricate a silver-modified gold surface, where the initial nucleation kinetics of the deposited silver atoms on gold governed the detailed nanostructure and the reactivity of the modified surface. The published work demonstrated how various details of such reaction kinetics could be probed with the SHG technique. Further work along this line is continuing in Professor Roy’s laboratory. A detailed description of current research for his group can be found at http://people.clarkson.edu/~samoy/cr_projects.htm. His CAMP related work focuses primarily on chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) and electrochemical mechanical planarization (ECMP) of metals. Roy’s current work is funded by NYSTAR and SRC.