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Figure 1 - Aluminum Flakes

Separate from experimentation at CAMP, Professor Partch is coordinator/leader for a team of scientists at U.S. Army Edgewood laboratories, Sigma Technologies International Inc. and CAMP. Sigma is well known in the field of metal film technology and for engineering the e-beam and plasma apparatus needed for manufacturing continuous rolls of material of various composition and thickness. The focus of the team is to adapt and improve Sigma's capabilities to produce aluminum flakes having optimized morphology for IR obscuration. This teamwork is funded by a separate grant from the U.S. Army which supports the activity at Sigma. One member of Professor Partch's research group, graduate student Vernon Reddick, has assumed a summer 2004 intern position at Sigma in order to expedite the production and characterization of the desired flakes.

Figure 2 Titanium Suboxide Needles

For more information about their research, please call Professor Richard Partch at 315-268-2351 or send email to partch@clarkson.edu. You may call Professor Dan Goia at 315-268-4411 or send email to goiadanv@clarkson.edu.

NanoDynamics Raises $12 Million in Second Round Financing

NanoDynamics, Inc., a leading company in the rapidly growing field of nanotechnology and a manufacturer of superior nanomaterials, recently announced the closing of $12 million in private equity funding. The Company, a Corporate Member of CAMP, has raised over $16 million from private investors including the Company's founders and members of its management team. According to Chief Executive Officer Keith Blakely, NanoDynamics has begun commercial production of electronic-grade copper nanopowders, and its nanotechnology-enabled Revolution-50 portable solid oxide fuel cell is moving rapidly towards routine production in response to strong interest from Fortune 500 companies.

"We are also pleased to report on the strong interest from several corporations in utilizing our materials and technologies to dramatically improve both industrial and consumer products," Mr. Blakely added.

Additionally, MetaMateria Partners, a subsidiary of NanoDynamics, and ND Innovations, the Company's technology business unit, have been very successful in developing and acquiring significant technology and intellectual property in the nanomaterials space. In the past six months, the organization has expanded its patent and patent application portfolio significantly in several key areas including carbon nanotube synthesis and functionalization, nanostructured metal and ceramic powder production, innovative component fabrication technology to address typical processing issues associated with nanopowders, several design and operational aspects of fuel cell systems, and numerous end-product applications.

 

 

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The modules will be used to introduce nanotechnology concepts to undergraduate students. These concepts will include the materials aspects of nanoparticles and the strengths of nanomaterials, as well as the societal impacts of nanotechnology.

"While introductory courses in Materials Science and Engineering are typically offered nationwide for science and engineering undergraduates, the most popular textbooks have virtually no coverage of nanoscience and engineering," said Professor Suni. "Research into the properties and applications of nanoparticles has been extensive, but this knowledge base has not been successfully incorporated into the undergraduate curriculum."

Professors Suni and Rasmussen will use the curriculum in "Materials Science and Engineering I," a survey course offered each fall through Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. These modules will be made available to educators and researchers worldwide in 2006 by way of hypermedia software that will be distributed over the Internet. These professors also have prior experience building curriculum modules in the field of colloidal science under a similar grant from the NSF.

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