REU Site: Multifunctional Nanomaterials

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REU Site: Multifunctional Nanomaterials


Michelle Richards
-
Babb, West Virginia University Research Corporation, DMR 1004431

Intellectual

Merits
:

Goals

Research

on

..


Integration of novel biological and solid state devices


Optical, electronic, and magnetic properties of single
and arrays of proteins, new solid state materials and
devices


Biomolecular sensors (hybrid sensing devices) with
potential applications in biometrics and health care


Energy conversion materials


Intellectual Merits: Results 2010


Designed and tested novel resonant magnetic
sputtering technique (D. Hudson Smith, Erskine
College; Advisor: S. Urazhdin, Physics)


Mapped morphological and mechanical properties of
biological surfaces (Kaitlin Hensal, St. Francis U.;
Advisor: J. Legleiter, Chemistry) [a]


Development of polymer
-
based photonic crystal
biosensor (Caroline Kilemi, Coppin State U.; Advisor:
Jeremy Dawson, Elect. Eng.) [b]


Notable Developments


Synthesis of water soluble superparamagnetic
iron oxide nanoparticles
(Thomas Wood, WV
Wesleyan College; R.L. Carroll, Chemistry)
-
biocompatible and potentially useful in biomedical
applications (cancer treatment, targeted drug delivery,
enhanced MRI imaging) [c]

760
1260
1760
2260
2760
3260
3760
Wavenumber (cm
-1
)
% Transmittance (A.U)
SPIONs with modified polymer
SPIONs
N-C=O
CH
2
OH and CH on alkyne
N-H
[a] Formation of Huntingtin protein

fibrils and oligomers ; thought to be

responsible for onset of disease

[b] Polymer based photonic
crystal surface for improved
detection of low
concentrations of biological
markers in lab
-
on
-
a
-
chip
applications

REU Site: Multifunctional Nanomaterials


Michelle Richards
-
Babb, West Virginia University Research Corporation, DMR 1004431

Broader

Impacts
:

Goals



Increase retention of underrepresented
minorities and women in STEM majors



Increase number of students that pursue post
-
grad STEM degrees and improve STEM
workforce



Focus on four
-
year colleges from Appalachian
region (students that might normally not consider
attending graduate school)


Broader

Impacts
:

Results

2010


For ten REU positions, 150 applications were
received


2010 REU participants included 6 women (60%)
and five minority (4 African American and 1
Hispanic)
(50%) students.


Six of 12 2009 REU participants have applied to
or have been accepted to graduate school. Five
of 12 are current seniors.


Notable

Developments


Scientific career mentoring speakers

provide:
networking opportunities and role models


Culminating scientific poster symposium:
is
coordinated with three other summer UG research
programs; allows participants to showcase their
communication and research skills; and provides
REU participants with an experience analogous to
a scientific conference; 81 participants in 2010.

2010 WVNano REU Participant,
Autumn Bullard, Elect. Eng.
Major from Norfolk State
University (right) showing
graduate student mentor
Christian White her microchip
electrophoresis setup.
Autumn received best poster
award at culminating
symposium

2010 WVNano REU Participant,
Dominic Gutierrez, Mech. Eng.
Major from American River
College discussing his
research with Dr. Larry Hornak
(WVU CSEE faculty) during the
poster symposium.

Visiting speaker, Dr. Ron
Clawson, from Alliant
Techsystems and Dr. Mark
Hoover from
NIOSH
during the
career mentoring seminar for
STEM undergraduates.