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CAMP Professors John McLaughlin and Ian Suni Are Involved with Computational Materials Design: New Graduate Course and Software


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                             Professor John McLaughlin           Professor Ian Suni                      .

In June 2011, the Federal Government announced the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI). The primary goal of the MGI is to reduce the time needed to develop and commercialize new products, such as lithium ion batteries, which took nearly twenty years to commercialize. A key task is the use of computational modeling of materials to predict and optimize their properties.  The plan is to use software that models materials properties and simulates material processing to optimize both materials and production time and cost.

CAMP Professor John McLaughlin (newly appointed chair of Clarkson’s Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, effective July1, 2012 and an expert in computational modeling) led an effort to obtain this special software for Clarkson University.  As a result of this work, Clarkson University recently purchased a five-year license for Materials Studio (Accelrys Inc.). CAMP provided approximately 50% of the funds for this purchase, with the remainder coming from the Schools of Engineering and Arts & Sciences and the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Civil & Environmental Engineering. Materials Studio will be used to teach MSE 5555 (Atomistic and Multiscale Modeling of Materials), a new course created for Clarkson’s Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. program. CAMP Professor Ian Suni, from the University’s Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, is the Director of the Materials Science and Engineering graduate programs. 

Materials Studio uses databases and simulation programs available as freeware in conjunction with software developed by Accelrys. An important advantage of Materials Studio is its Graphical User Interface (GUI), which eliminates the need for C or C++ program development and makes it possible to perform simulations relatively quickly and easily. Like other simulation programs, Materials Studio makes efficient use of parallel computation. It is expected that the software will eventually be placed on a new 128 processor IBM cluster that will arrive at Clarkson this summer. At present, it is being placed on a smaller machine so that researchers can familiarize themselves with it.

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 Professor S.V. Babu Honored  continued from page 1

Distinguished University Professor S.V. Babu is an expert in the field of Chemical Mechanical Planarization. He supervised 38 Ph.D. and 36 M.S. students and is a co-inventor of 27 patents and is a co-author of over 230 professional publications. He co-organized many symposia and served as a Keynote Speaker numerous times. Among others, he is a recipient of the 2004 IBM Faculty Award and was honored in 2010 with a Visiting Professorship for Senior International Scientists by the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai.