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"This award reflects the leadership role Clarkson and Rensselaer have taken in the high-tech research arena and in the transfer of technology from the laboratory to industry within New York State," remarked Clarkson University Distinguished Professor and Director of CAMP S.V. Babu. "This joint effort will significantly accelerate Clarkson's ability to enhance New York State's competitiveness in the energy business sector and create well-paying, high-tech jobs in our State."

In addition, Clarkson and Alfred University received a Center Development Award from NYSTAR. They received a $1.8 million NYSTAR Grant to develop flexible and modular processing systems for producing the next generation of electronic ceramic components and other nanostructures. As the manufacturing base in New York State and the U.S. declines, the two universities are stepping up their research to develop new processes, materials and products and then transferring that technology to industry to help companies remain competitive in a global market. The Clarkson and Alfred partnership will develop pilot plant facilities and expertise in the synthesis of nanosized ceramic and metal powders and subsequent processing and consolidation into nano-structured ceramic components with enhanced properties. Using new process intensification technologies being developed by CAMP Professor Jachuck, Clarkson researchers ( Professors Matijevic' , Partch, Goia and Babu) will synthesize and produce nanopowders in pilot plant quantities. The powders will then be supplied to Alfred to be converted into specific electronic components and devices for characterization and evaluation.

In the initial phase of the project, researchers will demonstrate innovative nanopowder synthesis and consolidation technologies to New York State companies that produce multi-layer capacitors, zinc-oxide varistors and ferrite inductor cores. Ferro Corporation, Ferronics, Inc., AVX and Cooper Power Systems, along with others, collaborated with Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) and Alfred’s Center for Advanced Ceramic Technology (CACT) on the proposal to NYSTAR. These New York firms, all with long ties to Clarkson and Alfred, are considered "small" companies, but are very important employers in their respective communities.

CAMP Professors’ Students Win Goldwater Scholarships

CAMP Professor Jachuck’s student Sam M. Gorton ( a junior chemical engineering major) and CAMP Professor Shipp’s student Christy D. Petruczok ( a junior majoring in chemical engineering), along with Niall M. Mangan ( a sophomore majoring in physics) each won a Goldwater Scholarship.

From left: CAMP Professor Roshan Jachuck and Sam M. Gorton.

Sam Gorton’s research interests are in the identification and production of useful biomaterials. He is working in Clarkson’s Process Intensification and Clean Technologies (PICT) Group under the direction of Research Associate Professor Roshan Jachuck, in Clarkson’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. His research project is titled “Desktop Biodiesel Plant.” The objective of Gorton’s research is to determine optimal processing conditions for the production and purification of the alternative fuel biodiesel within a narrow-channel microreactor. His research will influence the PICT Group’s development of an intensified biodiesel production module, capable of outputs of up to 50-100 gallons per day.


From left: CAMP Professor Devon Shipp and Christy D. Petruczok.

Christy Petruczok’s field of specialization is polymer chemistry. Her Goldwater essay, “RAFT Polymerization of Poly (vinyl Acetate) Block Copolymers for Use in Drug Delivery,” described the possibility of synthesizing a poly (acrylic acid-block-vinyl alcohol) polymer that would release drugs as the polymer blocks changed conformations in regions of varying pH. Such a device would optimize the effectiveness of certain medications by ensuring that absorption occurs within the stomach. Associate Professor of Chemistry Devon Shipp is her academic advisor.

The Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress in 1986 to honor U.S. Senator Barry M. Goldwater’s long government service. It provides financial support to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and who demonstrate intellectual curiosity and possess the potential to make significant contributions in the chosen fields.