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Clarkson University Grad Student Wins Award from Material Research Council

Hariprasad AmanapuClarkson University chemical engineering graduate student Hariprasad Amanapu won an award in the summer student poster competition held by the Material Research Council at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Center, where he was advised by M. Krishnan, research scientist & manager, Colloid & Interface Science - Advanced Planarization. His Ph.D. thesis advisor at Clarkson is Prof. S.V. Babu.

The award was based on the technical content and oral presentation of a talk titled “Interactions of poly (acrylic acid) with silicon nitride surfaces." Amanapu was a summer intern in the Colloid and Interface Science group at the research center this summer.

He investigated the influence of various parameters on the surface kinetics of poly (acrylic acid) film formation on silicon nitride surfaces. The fundamental understanding developed during this study will be useful in the formulation of slurries used in advanced semiconductor processing.

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