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CCM and Mettler Toledo Launch Partnership

02 July 2008

The University of Delaware Center for Composite Materials has initiated a long-term partnership with Mettler Toledo (MT) that will provide opportunities for training, education, and collaborative research.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony in May formally launched the university-industry affiliation between the University of Delaware and Mettler and marked the opening of a new lab at CCM equipped with state-of-the-art thermal analysis equipment and an expert in residence to support it.

The new facility includes some $500,000 worth of equipment for thermal mechanical analysis, dynamic mechanical analysis, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and other techniques for materials characterization.

Speakers at the ribbon cutting included Michael J. Chajes, Dean of Engineering at UD; Jack Gillespie, CCM Director; Steve Johnson, Business Manager for Analytical Instruments at MT; and Michael Zemo , Marketing Manager at MT.

“The University of Delaware is committed to expanding university-industry partnerships,” Chajes said, “and this particular partnership is unique in the breadth of interactions that will be possible due to Mettler’s exceptional commitment. Providing both state-of-the-art equipment and an on-site expert to assist in the use of the equipment will yield tremendous benefits to both UD and Mettler.”

According to CCM Director Jack Gillespie, the collaborative research that will be carried out in the new lab will benefit both the university and the company as new knowledge is developed about the behavior of composites and applied to the continuous improvement of research techniques and capabilities.

“Our researchers will have access to a state-of-the-art lab,” Gillespie says,” which will also serve as a showcase for Mettler and an entry port for the company into the polymers and composites market via our industrial consortium. Because the equipment is available to other members of CCM’s consortium, the partnership has the potential to go far beyond just Mettler and CCM. And our future research enterprise will benefit from the new applications developed by Mettler as they work in this synergistic environment with us and our other industrial and government partners.”

Those at MT echoed Gillespie’s view of the relationship. “We’re thrilled to enter this collaboration with CCM,” Johnson said. “The Center has a strong reputation in composite materials and a long history of collaborating with government and industrial sponsors to conduct basic and applied research and to develop and transfer technology. We hope to develop some exciting new solutions through this partnership.”

”We look forward to a bright future of research collaboration, development, and, most important, education,” Zemo added.

The partnership provides for maintenance, servicing, and calibration of the equipment as needed, in addition to upgrading as new technology is developed. Dr. Steve Sauerbrunn, Technical Manager with MT, is in residence full-time at CCM to provide training and professional consultation to not only CCM researchers but also employees affiliated with consortium members.





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