Professor Sokolov Serves as a PI on NYSERDA / Composite Factory,
CAMP Professor Igor Sokolov is the PI for a NYSERDA / Composite
Factory, Inc. project titled "Novel Energy Saving Methods of Coating
Carbon Fibers." (Composite Factory, Inc. recently joined CAMP as
a New York State Associate.) A brief description of the project
coated carbon fibers are needed to create many composite materials
with desired resistance to corrosion, heat, etc. The problem of
coating the graphite fibers with various films is traditionally
solved with chemical vapor deposition (CVD). However, apart from
relatively expensive CVD equipment, the use of high temperatures
requires the consumption of electrical energy. Therefore, the search
for alternative ways of coating is important. This project will
make use of sol-gel wet chemical methods to coat the carbon fibers.
addition, Professor Sokolov serves as PI on a NYSERDA / Composite
Factory, Inc. project titled "Feasibility of Energy Efficient Manufacture
of Continuous Sub-micron Carbon Fibers." The Co-PIs are Clarkson
University Professors John Moosbrugger, Kathleen Issen, and David
work investigates the advantages of using carbon nanofibers (not
nanotubes) in the fabrication of nanocomposite materials. Since
carbon nanofibers are rather long, they may provide advantages over
the nanotubes for use in nanocomposites. Fibers will be prepared
and tested to obtain their mechanical properties.
Professor Igor Sokolov Discovers Why Skin Turns Leathery
Professor Igor Sokolov and research associate Dr. Iyer, and Ms.
Berdyyeva, in collaboration with Clarkson Biology Professor Woodworth,
have investigated human cells. By studying human epithelial cells
of different ages, they have discovered that older cells are considerably
(~2-10 times) more rigid than younger ones. This helps to explain
why skin often looks and feels more leathery as we age. Previous
researchers believed the loss of elasticity with aging was caused
by the biochemical "glue" that holds epithelial tissue together
(dermis layer) rather than by the cells themselves (epidermis layer).
Sokolov and his colleagues have done further research to better
understand the cause of the elasticity loss. They developed a novel
method of studying cellular cytoskeleton by means of the atomic
force microscope (AFM), which allowed them to find that the elasticity
change is associated with the increase of fiber density in the cytoskeleton.
Based on this finding, Professors Sokolov and Woodworth discovered
a biochemical way to reverse the loss of elasticity due to aging.
This new treatment causes the old cells to decrease in rigidity
to the level of young cells. Currently, trials of the new treatment
are being carried out on laboratory rats, in collaboration with
Professor Erlichman in the animal facility at St. Lawrence University.
discovered loss of cell elasticity has been implicated in the pathogenesis
of many progressive diseases of aging including hardening of the
arteries, joint stiffness, cataracts, Alzheimer's and dementia.
Professor Sokolov's promising research results can inspire the search
for new treatments.
Privman Recognized as Robert A. Plane Professor of Chemistry
recognition of his remarkable contributions to both science
and engineering at national and international levels, and
especially his work at the interface of physics and the chemical
sciences, Professor Vladimir Privman has been recognized as
the Robert A. Plane Professor of Chemistry. The Plane Professorship
acknowledges and supports Professor Privman's important contributions
in the areas of colloid and nanomaterials science, as well
as in quantum device technology.
Privman is the author or co-author of three books, 17 major
reviews, and over 160 research papers. He is and has been
a member of Editorial Boards and Editorial Advisory Boards
for numerous journals. He has been a Guest Editor for Colloids
and Surfaces and IEEE Transactions on Nanotechnology,
and Associate Editor for Quantum Communication and Devices.
Professor Privman has also served on numerous professional
conference and symposia organizing and advisory committees
and was the organizer for the workshop series "Quantum Device
Technology" held at Clarkson University in 2002 and again
in May (16-21) of 2004. In addition, he is the founding director
of Clarkson's NSF supported Center for Quantum Device Technology.