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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Cornell's JumpStart Program accepting applications

The JumpStart program of the Cornell Center for Materials Research (CCMR) has opened a funding round.  The program is designed to help small NYS businesses solve concrete problems related to materials through collaborations with university research centers.

The mission of CCMR’s Industrial Partnerships Program is to promote active cooperation between CCMR and industry, to foster technology transfer, strengthen the links between university based research and its application, and promote economic development.

The JumpStart program provides:
• A one-semester project utilizing university expertise
• An opportunity to build a relationship with university faculty and facilities
• Up to $5000 in matching NYSTAR funding

Applications for the fall semester are due June 25, 2010.
For more information and an application:

Just a sample of Jump Start success stories include:

—A NY State manufacturer of polishing pads for the semiconductor industry approached Cornell for assistance with a product improvement project. Working with researchers in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the company was able to gain a solid understanding of the physics and materials science behind their product. With this information the company was able to develop new production procedures and implement new quality control measures resulting in a higher quality product at lower price (Fall 2006)

—A local precision optics manufacturer working on custom lenses for demanding military applications needed to optimize its polishing methods for these exotic optical materials. Cornell scientists were asked to construct a library of zeta potential and iso-electric point (IEP) values for various polishing abrasives and optical materials. Using instruments housed in the Nano Fabrication Facility at Cornell, researchers from the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department were able to sample and analyze a list of selected materials and provide the required data to the company (Spring 2008)

—A New York manufacturer of ultrathin membranes used in a wide range of applications including molecular and nanoparticle separations wanted to explore new markets for their novel products. They were matched with Professor David Muller, a world leading microscopist in the Applied and Engineering Physics Department, to demonstrate new applications for their membranes as high performance sample supports for Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). During a one semester trial the utility of these new Ultrathin membranes used as sample support structures became very apparent. Prototype development progressed quickly to full production and this new product is currently being marketed by a new company division (Fall 2008).