Peter Singer, editor-in-chief, Solid State Technology and ElectroIQ.com
May 9, 2011 — ElectroIQ’s chief editor Peter Singer recently toured the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. The Center is largely focused on the synthesis and processing of advanced materials. The following video interviews with researchers and professors cover particle transport, chemical-mechanical planarization (CMP), cleanroom technologies, and bright nano particles, among other topics.
Clarkson U research on particle transport
Goodarz Ahmadi, Dean of Engineering at Clarkson University (with the university for 30 years, Ahmadi has served as a dean for the past 5), discusses his research interests: particle transport in various environments, including particulate contamination in semiconductor manufacturing.
Ahmadi says: "We look at how particles are transported in various environments, such as in a room or in human respiratory systems. Also, we look a lot of industrial applications. I’ve done work with IBM, Xerox, Kodak, Corning and other companies, looking at issues that they had with particulate transport in various applications from copier machines to contamination of chip manufacturing systems. We’ve also done work for the NSF, NASA and the DoE related to energy issues."
CMP work at Clarkson U
S.V. Babu (also with the school for 30 years) discusses particle synthesis and chemical mechanical planarization (CMP) research taking place at Clarkson University. Babu has studied CMP for 15 years.
Babu says: "We have leveraged the expertise of CAMP in colloidal science and thin film processing. A lot of our students who have graduated are now running the CMP operations at IBM, Intel and Micron."
Bio-compatible ultra-bright fluorescent nanoparticle research
Igor Sokolov, Physics and Chemistry Professor at Clarkson University, shares info on ultra-bright nanoparticles that are substantially brighter than quantum dots.
Acoustics in engineering materials
Cetin Cetinkaya, Professor of mechanical engineering at Clarkson University, researches acoustics. Acoustic waves can be used to characterize drug function and effectiveness. Semiconductor nanoparticle removal can also be accomplished with acoustic waves.
Airborne particles and industry
Suresh Dhaniyala, Clarkson University, discusses airborne particles. These can be contaminants in the semiconductor fab. He shows us Clarkson U’s instruments to study particles.
The visit was arranged by Tim Dunn, VP, marketing and business development, Mohawk Valley EDGE and the Marcy NanoCenter in Rome, NY and Mike Novakowski, director of business development, CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity, NY’s Creative Core in Syracuse, NY. This was part of a tour of various prestigious universities in upstate New York (including Cornell University, Syracuse University and Binghamton University, as well the Syracuse Center of Excellence), with an eye on how well they could help businesses that decide to locate there.