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Xerox Foundation Awards Clarkson University $60,000 to Support Nanomaterials Research

Potsdam, N.Y. -- The Xerox Foundation has awarded Clarkson University $20,000 per year for three years to support ongoing research of adhesion between polymer particles and surfaces in Clarkson's Nanomechanics and Nanomaterials Laboratory, co-directed by Professors Weiqiang Ding and Cetin Cetinkaya.

The project is part of Xerox's long-standing program of grants to researchers at leading universities in the U.S., Canada and Europe and reflects Xerox's open innovation initiatives. Administered by the company's University Affairs Committee, the UAC grants are included in the Xerox Foundation's nearly $1 million annual contribution to fund research, which is part of its annual $13 million investment in support of educational and nonprofit initiatives.

This breakthrough research at Clarkson will give Xerox insight into the process of toner marking. The principal investigators, Ding and Cetinkaya, are both faculty in Clarkson's Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering. Recently, they collaborated in studying the adhesion and rolling resistance of polystyrene latex microspheres on silicon substrates with a custom-made nano-manipulator inside the vacuum chamber of a scanning electron microscope, a project supported by a seed grant from the Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering at Clarkson. With the funding from the Xerox Foundation, they plan to extend the study to investigate the adhesion between different toner particles and various surfaces.

Since the University Affairs Committee grant program started more than 20 years ago, Xerox has provided over $16 million for more than 300 research projects across a range of technical disciplines. Each year, about 40 projects are funded at 30 colleges and universities. Students and faculty aren't required to deliver a specific result, nor is the work proprietary to Xerox.

Kock-Yee Law, technical manager at the Xerox Research Center in Webster, N.Y., is responsible for the development of a nanotechnology strategy for the Xerox Innovation Group (XIG). Law will coordinate the technical interactions between Clarkson and the Xerox research labs. "This research, while fundamental, is strategically important to Xerox," says Law. "Basic understanding of the driving forces and the extrinsic interactive relationship among different surfaces will not only allow us to design hardware or process to optimize current technology, but the research gained here will also provide materials and component design rules for future engines with substantial improvement in overall performance."

Weiqiang Ding's research is in the fields of nanomaterials and nanocomposites. He has extensive experience in mechanical characterization of nanomaterials and nanocomposites. In the past few years Ding has explored the mechanical properties of a number of nanomaterials such as carbon nanotubes, boron nanowires and carbon nanoparticle chains.

Cetin Cetinkaya is a well-known scientist in particle adhesion research and is the founder of the Photo-Acoustics Research Laboratory, which focuses on adhesion measurements and the removal of micro/nano-particles from various surfaces using contact and non-contact techniques. Since 2001, the lab has attracted over $1.5 million of external funding from various sources, including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army Research Office, New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, as well as industries, such as Intel Corp., Praxair Electronics, International SEMATECH and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.

CAMP's mandate is to develop innovations in advanced materials processing and to transfer this technology to business and industry. It receives support from the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research for research and operating expenses as one of 14 Centers for Advanced Technology. In addition, CAMP-related work receives several million dollars each year from the federal government and private industry. CAMP has been collaborating with Xerox in various projects since its inception, in various areas from toners to inks. A matching fund of $5,000 per year will be provided by CAMP to support this project.

Xerox contributes more than $2 million a year through a variety of educational programs, including University Affairs grants, Xerox's technical minority scholarships, scholarship support to more than 140 colleges and universities, and matching employees' gifts to educational institutions. Xerox people also help champion science in schools by volunteering through the Xerox Science Consultants Program at the elementary level and by mentoring high-school FIRST robotics-competition teams.

Clarkson University, located in Potsdam, New York, is a private, nationally ranked university with a reputation for developing innovative leaders in engineering, business, the sciences, health sciences and the humanities. At Clarkson, 3,000 high-ability students excel in an environment where learning is not only positive, friendly and supportive but spans the boundaries of traditional disciplines and knowledge. Faculty achieves international recognition for their research and scholarship and connects students to their leadership potential in the marketplace through dynamic, real-world problem solving.

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