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Professor Katz’s Research Could Lead to Faster Use of Crime Scene Evidence

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This work was recently published in the scientific journal Analyst by the Royal Society of Chemistry. Professor Katz's team analyzed levels of two biomarkers, creatine kinase and lactate dehydrogenase, in the blood of people of Caucasian and African American ethnicity. Then they developed a bioassay based on a multienzyme/multistep biocatalytic cascade to amplify the differences in these levels.  Their bioassay successfully distinguished between the two ethnicities, both in model and real human blood samples. Professor Katz cautioned that evidence like this is not sole proof of a crime and would need to be combined with other techniques like DNA analysis when used in the actual prosecution of a suspect.

"We also have a bioassay in progress to distinguish whether biological evidence was left by a male or a female," said Katz, "but that it is not yet ready for application. However, these first steps are taking us in the right direction." Katz hopes that easy-to-use analytical kits will be developed for use by crime scene investigators.

 For additional information about this work, read more in Chemistry World at or see the full paper in Analyst (2013, 138, 6251-6257, DOI: 10.1039/C3AN01062G) at  

 Novel Polymeric Materials

Professor Sitaraman Krishnan’s research group, in Clarkson’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, specializes in the synthesis, processing, and microstructural characterization of novel polymeric materials. The group is also interested in developing advanced functional coatings, thin films, and surfaces using these materials. Current research topics in Krishnan's group include anti-biofouling polymer coatings, low-friction industrial coatings, high-temperature elastomer seals, stimulus-responsive polysaccharide microparticles for controlled-release oral delivery systems, emulgels for topical drug delivery, conjugated polymer photovoltaic devices, nanostructured organic ion conductors for lithium ion batteries, and chemical mechanical polishing of microelectronic surfaces.

This research group includes graduate students Lin Wu, Janice Lebga, James Myrick, Arvind Sreeram, Malavarayan Sankarasubramanian, Zackary Putnam, Rithu Bhonsle, Ramaswamy Venkatanarayanan, and Yanni Wang. The group works in collaboration with Professors John McLaughlin and Don Rasmussen in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clarkson University, with Professor Dipankar Roy in the Physics Department, with Professors John Moosbrugger, Philip Yuya, and Ajit Achuthan in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering, and with Professor He Dong in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Science.


Clarkson University's Center for Advanced Materials Processing Organizes the 18th Annual International Symposium on Chemical-Mechanical Planarization

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This year’s event focused on several fundamental aspects of chemical-mechanical planarization including particle and colloidal aspects, polishing mechanisms, pad/conditioning behavior, flow characterization, copper/barrier film planarization, defects and post-polish cleaning, low-k films and integration challenges, 300 mm wafer issues and transition to 450 mm,  STI (shallow trench isolation), Nitride/Poly (silicon nitride/polysilicon) and polishing of new channel and barrier materials like germanium, indium phosphide, ruthenium, cobalt, silicon carbide, etc.

Distinguished University Professor S.V. Babu, the director of CAMP, served as the lead organizer of this year’s symposium, as he has for the past 17 years. He was assisted by co-chairs Hirokuni Hiyama ( Division Executive for Technologies, R&D, IP Division at Ebara Corporation in Japan), Jin-Goo Park ( Professor, Department of Materials Engineering and Vice Dean at Hanyang University in Korea), Charan Surisetty (Unit Process Engineering Professional at IBM),  Joseph Steigerwald (Intel Fellow; Technology and Manufacturing Group and Director of Chemical Mechanical Polish Technology), Matt Prince (Principal Engineer, Intel), Lee Cook (Technology Fellow and Global Slurry R&D Director, Dow Electronic Materials), and Rajeev Bajaj (Director at Applied Materials).

The symposium also included a poster session dedicated to the memory and contributions of Dr. Yuzhuo Li, an after-dinner talk on Monday 8/12, and a special award presentation to CAMP Deputy Director John Prendergast on Tuesday 8/13.

Monday night’s after dinner speaker, Mark Dougherty (IBM Director – Unit Process Development, SRDC- IBM Microelectronics Division), was introduced by Clarkson University President Anthony Collins. He delivered an insightful talk, titled “The Silicon Process Roadmap: Where is it Taking Us?”

Tuesday evening featured an award and recognition for CAMP Deputy Director John (Jack) Prendergast as he retires. Distinguished University Professor / CAMP Director S.V. Babu presented an award to Jack for his excellent contributions to CAMP’s success.

CMP Meeting 2013

Distinguished University Professor/CAMP Director S.V. Babu (on the right) presents a plaque to CAMP Deputy Director John (Jack) Prendergast at his retirement celebration.  This special award is in recognition of Jack’s excellent contributions to CAMP’s success. 

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Professor Janoyan Appointed Director of Distance Learning as Clarkson Expands Distance Education

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Professor Kerop Janoyan (Executive Officer of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering and Director of Distance Learning for Clarkson University)

Clarkson University continues to expand its distance education programs. Its successful School of Business online MBA program is now in its fourth year. The New York State Education Department recently approved addition of the distance education format to all of the master’s of science and master of engineering degrees in Clarkson's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering, the School of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for a Sustainable Environment. Earlier this year, U.S. News & World Report ranked Clarkson University's online graduate business programs in the nation's top-12.

Kerop Janoyan has been appointed director of distance learning for Clarkson University. He is associate professor and executive officer of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Professor Janoyan will coordinate marketing, policy, licensing and technology, as Clarkson increases its distance education offerings. He has been recognized numerous times by Clarkson’s Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering for his excellence in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses and by the Albert D. Merrill Award by the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department for his contributions toward research and service. Professor Janoyan joined the Clarkson faculty in 2002, after receiving his Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles.