Xerox funds four new university research projects in Canada; Seven more globally



    
    -  The News: Xerox is supporting research projects at 11 leading
       universities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe
    -  The Context: Grants continue a long-standing $1 million-a-year Xerox
       program that supports fundamental research, promotes industry-academic
       collaboration.
    -  The Rationale: Xerox labs focus on nearer term innovation while this
       open innovation program connects the company and researchers with
       research that offers long-term significance.
    

    TORONTO, June 27 /CNW/ - Exploring subjects like how materials stick to
surfaces, how to create biodegradable plastics from trees, and how to measure
the value of document services, 11 fundamental research projects have been
selected for funding by Xerox Corporation (NYSE:   XRX) at universities around
the globe.
    The projects are part of the company's long-standing program of grants to
researchers at leading universities in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and reflect
Xerox's open innovation initiatives that include, among others, a partnership
between the Xerox Research Centre of Canada, the NRC National Institute for
Nanotechnology (NINT) and the Government of Alberta for research and
development of materials-based nanotechnology.
    The 11 new projects, most of which are funded for three years at $20,000
a year, add to about 30 others currently administered by the company's
University Affairs Committee. The UAC grants are included in the Xerox
Foundation's nearly $1 million annual contribution to fund research, which is
part of its annual $13 million investment in support of educational and
nonprofit initiatives.

    The 11 new grants for the first half of 2007 are:
    
    -  University of Calgary, Canada: "BxNy Analogues of Polycyclic Aromatic
       Hydrocarbons for Use as Organic Semiconductors." This project will
       explore the synthesis and use of boron- and nitrogen-containing
       polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons as novel organic semiconductors for
       thin film transistors.
    -  McMaster University, Canada: "Newtonian and Non-Newtonian Fluid Slot
       and Dip Coating Studies Based on Empirical and Computational Flow
       Dynamic (CFD) Methods." The objective is to develop mathematical
       models to determine coating conditions required for very thin, high-
       quality, next-generation photoconductive layers.
    -  University of Ottawa, Canada: "Design and Synthesis of Model Organic
       Electron Transport Materials." This research looks at establishing
       design rules for new electron transport materials for use in next-
       generation electronic applications
    -  York University, Canada: "Palladium catalyzed aminations and the use
       of microwave-assisted continuous flow organic synthesis." This project
       will investigate the use of an improved catalyst for carbon-nitrogen
       bond formation for the synthesis of new materials in conjunction with
       microwave heating and microreactor systems.
    -  Clarkson University, Potsdam, N.Y.: "Studies of Adhesion between
       Polymer Particles and Surfaces." The project will investigate
       fundamental interactive forces between polymeric particles and various
       surfaces, which will give Xerox insight into the process of toner
       marking.
    -  London School of Economics, United Kingdom: "Global Quantitative
       Economic Models of Document Lifecycle Services."  The project aims to
       construct and validate the world's first quantitative models of the
       economics of document services, from creation through production, to
       search and long-term archiving. It will include models of utilities,
       pricing, assets and relationships among actors in the value.
    -  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La.: "Robust Control System
       Design". The objective of the project is to develop effective and
       efficient robust control algorithms for systems such as color print
       engines with high nonlinearity and uncertainty
    -  Princeton University, N.J.: "Ultra-low Density Supported Nanocylinder
       Arrays Grown with Self-Assembled Block Copolymer Templates." The
       objective is to develop design criteria for the next generation of
       precisely defined electron emitters, using novel self-assembled block
       copolymer nanotechnology.
    -  University of Rochester, N.Y.: "Industrial Associates Membership."
       This program of the Institute of Optics helps support graduate level
       students of the institute, while providing opportunities for Xerox
       employees to learn about the latest research advances in optics and to
       participate in the optics summer courses at the UR.
    -  Polymer Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava,
       Slovak Republic: "Molecular Characterization of Complex Industrial
       Polymers." This research project will investigate advanced
       chromatographic techniques to facilitate molecular identification and
       characterization of complex polymer systems.
    -  State University of New York College of Environmental Science and
       Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.: "Biodegradable "Green Polymers" from
       Renewable Resources." The objective of this project is to fabricate
       and characterize biodegradable plastics from renewable woody biomass
       such as fast growing willow trees, other hardwoods, switchgrass and
       corn stalks.
    

    "With a model that supports open, collaborative innovation between
private companies like Xerox and leading universities, our program helps
expedite core research for the entire community," said Gregory Zack, chair of
Xerox's University Affairs Committee. "It supports the academic community
while advancing the frontiers of knowledge for everyone; it enables our
scientists to expand their knowledge base and develop close ties with academic
peers. Our hope is to apply the research to projects we are working on in our
own labs."
    Since the University Affairs Committee grant program started more than 20
years ago, Xerox has provided over $16 million for more than 300 research
projects across a range of technical disciplines. Each year, about 40 projects
are funded at 30 colleges and universities. Students and faculty aren't
required to deliver a specific result, nor is the work proprietary to Xerox.
    Any college or university is eligible for funding but cannot apply for it
directly; instead, a Xerox scientist or researcher presents a proposal to the
company's University Affairs Committee, which includes representatives from
across Xerox.

    Xerox and educational support

    Xerox contributes more than $2 million a year through a variety of
educational programs, including University Affairs grants, Xerox's technical
minority scholarships, scholarship support to more than 140 colleges and
universities, and matching employees' gifts to educational institutions. Xerox
people also help champion science in schools by volunteering through the Xerox
Science Consultants Program at the elementary level and by mentoring
high-school FIRST robotics-competition teams. For more information about
research at Xerox, visit www.xerox.com/innovation

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