CAMP Sets Back-to-Back Funding Record
Clarkson University Provost Thomas Young also congratulated Professor Babu on the back-to-back funding records, saying, "Although it certainly requires a team effort by the superb faculty and research staff, it is your exemplary management and dedication that continues to make Clarkson's CAMP among the top New York State CATs year after year. The research dollars you have brought to the University since your appointment as CAMP Director in 2000 and the transfer of technology to industry that has occurred under your stewardship are truly remarkable."
CAMP was established 17 years ago as a New York State Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) dedicated to high-tech materials processing. The Center receives funding from NYSTAR, U.S. government agencies, Clarkson University and corporate members, sponsors and affiliates. CAMP's mission is to perform innovative research and conduct educational efforts on the synthesis and processing of advanced materials of interest to industry. The Center spans academic boundaries by utilizing interdisciplinary science and engineering to research novel materials and materials processing technologies. Research is focused on the production, modification and conversion of matter for which nano-size particles, colloidal media, and/or surfaces play an important role in the process or properties of the final product.
New York State companies collaborating with CAMP reported a new record total economic impact of over $35 million on their operations during the academic year of 2004 - 2005. This includes the creation of 22 new jobs. Last year New York State companies reported a $27 million economic impact and 22 jobs created. Over the five year period from 2000 - 2005, New York State companies reported an economic impact of nearly $135 million and the creation of 79 New York State jobs directly attributable to the technology coming out of CAMP laboratories.
A report from the University to NYSTAR in October listed 15 companies that achieved cost savings, increased sales or made capital improvements resulting from technology transferred by CAMP. These companies were: Ames Goldsmith, APEX, Composite Factory, Corning, Ferro, GE, Infotonics, Kodak, NanoDynamics, Nextgen/Golden Technology, Praxair, Schenectady International, Wyeth and Xerox.
CAMP Receives Two Center Development Awards from NYSTAR
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Several industrial partners, including Xerox, NanoDynamics, United Materials, Daystar Technologies and Applied Nanoworks are actively engaged with the two universities, supporting specific projects and applying the energy conserving devices being developed. The researchers are confident of securing support and participation from other large and small New York companies.
"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."
Also Clarkson and Alfred University received a $1.8 million NYSTAR Grant. Working collaboratively with this funding, the two universities will 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 nano-sized 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.
"The pilot plants at Clarkson and Alfred will serve as industrial scale proving grounds for innovative production technologies for nanomaterials," remarked S.V. Babu, Clarkson University Distinguished Professor and Director of CAMP. "Our intent is to assist New York State industries in adopting cutting-edge product development techniques and achieving manufacturing efficiencies."
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 CAMP and 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.