CAMP Professor Igor Sokolov
Receives Graham Faculty Research Award

CAMP Professor Igor Sokolov received the John W. Graham Jr. Faculty Research Award during Clarkson University's 113th commencement ceremony held on May 14. Clarkson Professor Raghunathan Rengaswamy also received this award on the same day. Created in 1974 by the family of the late John W. Graham Jr., president of Clarkson University from 1966 – 1974, this $1,500 award is presented annually to "a faculty member(s) showing promise in engineering, management, liberal studies or scientific research."

Dr. Sokolov joined the faculty of Clarkson in 2000 as an assistant professor of Physics and Chemistry. He received a doctoral degree from D.I. Mendeleev Metrology Institute in Russia and completed his postdoctoral work at the University of Toronto. The courses he teaches at Clarkson include Introduction to Modern Nanotechnology , Biophysics, Astrophysics, Math Methods in Physics, Modern Physics, Molecular Forces and Interfaces, Quantum Physics, Optics , Freshman Physics I and II, and Theory of Fluids. Professor Sokolov's research interests are in the areas of Biological Physics, Advanced Materials, and Atomic Force Microscopy. The focus of this work is on the aging of human cells, self-assembly of nanostructured functional colloids, and self healing materials. His research on aging cells was highlighted on the front page of the May 2004 issue of APS News magazine, in newspapers in nine countries, and several other magazines including Allure magazine (2004), New Scientist (2005), and Chemical and Engineering News (2006). Sokolov ’ s research has received support from agencies including NSF, NYSERDA, NYSTAR (CAMP), and the ARO. Also funds have been provided by companies like Rohm and Haas (Rodel), Procter and Gamble, CFI, Inc, and Arkema Group, Inc. Since starting his position at Clarkson in August 2000, the total number of grants received by him for the University has been 24 (of which Dr. Sokolov served as the PI on 19 of them and as the leading Co-PI on one of them). The total cost of these supported projects is $2,958,000.00. Professor Sokolov is a leading Co-PI on a $2 million grant to study self-healing materials. He has 8 7 refereed publications, one U.S. patent, and seven U.S. and one international patents pending. Also he has delivered 6 5 invited lectures, seminars, conference presentations and participated in 4 4 conferences with contributed presentations.

Conference on Nanoparticle Technology
for Obscuration of Infrared Radiation Held at CAMP

On May 22-24, a conference focused on technologies for preparing and disseminating nanoparticles capable of obscuring infrared radiation was held at Clarkson University. Participation in the conference was 'by invitation only.' The 65 attendees from academia, government, and industry were selected by the U.S. Army. This CAMP activity was spearheaded by Chemistry Professors Dan Goia and Richard Partch and their research personnel Corina Goia, Duy Le, Scott Goodrich, Justen Schaefer and David Eno, with valuable technical contributions from Chemical Engineering Professor Don Rasmussen. The conference presenters discussed their work and results on improved geometries and compositions of high aspect ratio metallic wires and flakes, and the engineering behind the packaging and the release of these materials as aerosols in air.

To-date, CAMP researchers have developed original processes to fabricate, functionalize, and process conductive anisotropic particles that display consistently very high IR extinction properties. The electron micrographs in Figures 2 and 3, for example, show silver coated titania wires and metallic flakes (aluminum) generated recently in CAMP laboratories. In addition to leading to the organization of this yearly event in Potsdam, the successful research conducted at Clarkson ensures that CAMP and Clarkson researchers will remain very involved in the next stages of the U.S. Army's research program. Future research will seek methods by which the optimized obscurant colloids can be produced on a larger and more economical scale and effectively dis-seminated.

Figure 2. Silver coated Titania needles


Figure 3. Aluminum flakes