Tag archive for COMSET

Can a start-up compete with DuPont?

Twelve years ago, four Clemson faculty members got together and decided to create some new materials. They didn’t set out to start a business, hire a work force, or establish a brand.

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Ribbon of light

John Ballato’s lab in COMSET created this ribbon of polypropylene film with light-emitting nanoparticles carefully dispersed within to maintain clarity and supply a brilliant green.

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a gear head goes bio

His was not the usual path to a job fighting cancer. Stephen Foulger was a California dude, a surfer and gear head who built motorcycles.

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No, we don’t make eyeglasses.

This is what Eric Johnson has to explain, outside of work. But what he does make, with his team of savvy students, takes vision.

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aiming plasmas at cancer

Sung-O Kim came to COMSET to work on displays and wound up taking aim at cancer. Not that cancer is the lab’s only target. Kim and his students use plasmas to make all sorts of things.

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how to stop an atom

Sooner or later, technology’s pursuit of ever-smaller devices leads it down the rabbit hole and into the realm of quantum mechanics, where the hot dance of atoms makes assembling tiny structures iffy.

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well-dressed particles

As any teenager might guess, what a particle wears affects its game. Thompson Mefford’s lab turns out designer wardrobes for nanoparticles that can, for instance, target a receptor site or smuggle things inside a cell.

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Material advantage and the power of light

Fiber optics spread the Internet around the globe, but the science of light is just warming up. And so is the science of rust.

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