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03-02-2011

Clarkson University Part of New NSF Industry & University Cooperative Research Center

A new Industry & University Cooperative Research Center (I/UCRC) on metamaterials has been approved by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The center is a partnership among Clarkson University Professor S.V. Babu, City University of New York Professor David Crouse and University of North Carolina at Charlotte Professor Michael Fiddy, following the award of an earlier NSF planning grant to these institutions.

Babu is distinguished university professor and director of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson.

The mission of the new center is to advance fundamental and applied metamaterials research, development, and technology transfer through strong industry/university collaborations. Its main goal is to provide a one-stop shop for the design, fabrication, and testing of a wide range of metamaterials for use in spectral regions ranging from the microwave to the optical range of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Metamaterials are patterned composite structures in which light behaves in unusual ways, including negative index of refraction, anomalous light transmission, and light channeling and trapping. These materials can also possess unusual properties in several other spectral regions.

Industrial interest in metamaterials is growing, as these materials can be used to develop new or higher performing optical and electronics device, including energy harvesting, imaging, plasmonic circuits, cloaking materials, biological and chemical sensors, compact optical systems and enhanced RF technologies.

Read more about Industry & University Cooperative Research Centers at http://www.nsf.gov/eng/iip/iucrc .

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[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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