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06-04-2004

Dupont Donates Patents To Clarkson University

DuPont has presented Clarkson University with a substantial gift of intellectual property consisting of patents and supporting scientific data. The patents will form the basis of ongoing research at Clarkson.

“We are proud of our relationship with Clarkson University and are confident that this donation is being awarded to an excellent recipient to further develop this technology,” said DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise Vice President and General Manager Jeffrey A. Coe.

“Within DuPont, Clarkson is considered a major player in advanced materials research,” said DuPont Chemical Solutions Enterprise Technology Licensing Manager Stephen Craft. “We recognized Clarkson’s uniquely collaborative environment for research, an environment that has made Clarkson a powerhouse in particle engineering.”

The patents are for luminescent phosphor technology. Luminescent powders are used in commercial applications such as fluorescent lighting and cathode ray tubes (television and computer monitors). The new technology relates to the composition of luminescent materials and the process for producing the luminescent material by coating the substrate particle with luminescent phosphor material to achieve a composition of matter that is similar in size and performance to traditional luminescent phosphor materials.

Professor of Chemistry Richard Partch, a member of Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing, has conducted numerous research projects involving phosphor technology. Partch has investigated phosphor applications in reflective clothing and sports equipment, lighting, and radiographic imaging. He holds a patent jointly with Kodak scientists for a development in radiographic imaging. “The patents from DuPont allow us to expand our basic knowledge of phosphor technology into new areas of development,” said Partch.

“The researchers in our Center for Advanced Materials Processing are continually making scientific strides in nanotechnology,” said Clarkson Vice Provost for Research S.V. Babu. “Fine particle engineering has applications in a wide range of fields, including medicine, computing, electronics, and imaging. These patents from DuPont support our work in advanced materials.”

DuPont has sponsored research at Clarkson in the past. Professor of Chemical Engineering John McLaughlin has collaborated with DuPont on research projects for the past decade. He is currently developing a computer simulation of programs to model fermentation reactors used at DuPont to make chemicals. With such a simulation, it is possible to understand what happens in a reactor, and then modify the design to make the process more efficient.

DuPont has provided patents to a number of research universities, such as Clarkson, with the potential to develop and expand the technology toward additional scholarly discoveries and future commercial applications. Some of the other institutions receiving patents include Penn State and Virginia Tech.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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