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12-21-2005

Clarkson and Rensselaer share NYSTAR Nanotechnology Award

Clarkson's Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) will lead a unique collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Center for Future Energy Systems (CFES) to address the nation's urgent need for energy independence by significantly lowering the energy consumption of various devices and processes. The two universities will share a $1.84 million grant from the New York State Office of Science, Technology, and Academic Research (NYSTAR) to develop energy efficient systems using nanotechnologies.

Population growth coupled with increasing consumption among developing nations is expected to more than double the demand for energy in the U.S. from 14.5 Tera Watts in 2004 to 30-60 Tera Watts in 2050. Increasing demand, coupled with dwindling oil reserves and environmental concerns has led New York Governor George Pataki to direct that 25% of the electricity sold in the state by 2012 be from renewable sources.

Several industrial partners, including Xerox, NextGen Chemicals, 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."

CAMP receives funding from NYSTAR, U.S. government agencies, Clarkson University and corporate members, sponsors and affiliates. NYSTAR reported in October that 15 companies collaborating with CAMP achieved cost savings, increased sales or made capital improvements resulting from technology transferred by CAMP.

The Center for Advanced Technology Development Program was created to enhance and expand existing Centers for Advanced Technology (CAT). There are 15 CATs across New York state, each of which receives $1million annually in state funding. CAT development awards are one-time investments designed to significantly expand the capabilities of selected centers.

[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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