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CAMP Capabilities

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CAMP's capabilities are illustrated by this sampling of some recent research projects and results …

… A breakthrough in sol/gel technology uses microemulsions to produce various kinds of glass less expensively. The technique also allows the introduction of organic components to prepare a more versatile glass product, including material that is useful in bioactive environments such as bone implants.

… Research in polymer processing is helping to make the mechanism for producing microcellular foams more predictable and reproducible. Tough lightweight parts from microcellular foams have potential applications in industries ranging from the manufacturing of automobiles to the construction of packaging materials such as two-liter soda bottles.

… Collaborative work on the science of colloids uses a very versatile aerosol reaction technique to easily produce uniform, spherical particles with many different compositions and interesting structures including: particles of mixed composition that may be useful as a new commercial catalyst for applications such as petroleum refining; and particles' cores with coating of another chemical composition that drastically alters the particles' optical and electrical properties.

… Experimental studies in particle transport, deposition and removal are helping to identify the most effective way of removing submicron particles from silicon wafers. The numerical modeling of CAMP researchers in this area presents an efficient way to conduct design analysis based on gas flow patterns prior to building a prototype. This work is invaluable to the semiconductor industry in its efforts to meet stringent contamination requirements and improve yields.

… Research in coating technology targets coating for particles, whiskers and surfaces with organic and inorganic materials to provide specific properties to the final product. Applications include the passivation of ceramic powders and the bonding of ceramic fibers in composites.