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Tyler Adams

Chemistry

B.S. Chemistry with Concentration in Nanoscience, Lock Haven University

Fluorescent TTz Polymers for Solar Cell applications

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Damian Beasock

Damian Beasock

Mechanical Engineering

B.S. Bio-Med Physics, Syracuse University

We seek to develop SiC material that can be sintered within a temperature range viable for mass production and 3D printing. We also aim to maintain similar mechanical properties as pure SiC. A cristobalite phase is introduced that acts as a binder for SiC micro and nano powder. Strong base solution is used form a sol-gel layer between particles. The material’s mechanical properties are controlled by varying parameters in the heat treatment process and the solution. XRD, FTIR, and SEM analyses have been performed to explore the materials crystal phases, concentration of silica, and porosity of...

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Irina Bukhteeva

Physics and Optical Science

B.S. Physics, Lomonosov Moscow State University

The Sleeping Beauty transposon system

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Jose Castaneda

Jose Castaneda

Electrical Engineering

M.S. Chemistry, UNC Charlotte

Methylammonium lead triiodide has gathered much attention recently as a cost-effective and efficient photovoltaic material, but long-term stability restricts practical application. My research revolves...

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Morgan Chandler

Morgan Chandler

Biochemistry

B.S. Biology, UNC Charlotte

Nucleic acids are advantageous building materials for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, offering both biocompatibility and programmability. My research focuses on the design and assembly of dynamic structures which are conditionally activated for the release of a programmed function.

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Daniel Cohen

Daniel Cohen

Optoelectronics, Photophysics

B.S. Physics, MIT

Conductive Polymer-Silicon Interfaces

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Kathleen Dipple

Kathleen Dipple

Chemistry

B.S. Chemistry, Appalachian State University

We are exploring the synthesis and development of monolayer Ag nanoparticle films for use in metal enhanced absorption and fluorescence applications. Depending on their morphology, Ag nanoparticles can scatter some parts of the optical spectrum significantly more than they absorb. In these studies we are exploring synthetic methods to control their scattering properties and chemically attach them to glass substrates.

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Katelyn Erickson

Katelyn Erickson

Biochemistry

B.S. Chemistry, UMBC

My work focuses on cell surface exopolysaccharides of bacteria that differs substantially in structure between species. Exploiting these structural differences would be advantageous to target certain types of bacteria over others for organism selective antimicrobial agents or reagents to detect specific bacteria in the environment. Using colanic acid as a model exopolysaccharide, we can produce the oligosaccharide repeat unit of this sugar polymer. Using this system, we will determine the best strategy for obtaining bacterial selective materials for the design of new targeting agents and...

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Adam Fessler

Adam Fessler

Chemistry

M.S. Chemistry, UNC Charlotte

Bioconjugate technologies are playing a critical role in the development and maturation of many biotechnologies. Bioconjugates produced using traditional techniques require exogenous assays for the characterization of the final bioconjugate which may result in the loss of valuable sample. My work has focused on a new bioconjugation reagent which utilizes a built in chromophore/fluorophore which eliminates the need for a secondary assay for determination the amount of functionality which has been added to a biomolecule.

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Amira Gee

Chemistry

B.S. Chemistry, Xavier University of Louisiana

Nanoscale Interfaces & Optical Sensors

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Jonathan Gillen

Jonathan Gillen

Chemistry

B.S. Materials Science & Engineering, North Carolina State University

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Madeline Greenier

Madeline Greenier

Mechanical Engineering

B.S. Physics, SUNY Binghamton

Silicon carbide is an ideal biomaterial due to its inertness and biocompatibility. Functionalization of the surface via hydroxyl groups allow for drug binding to occur through both chemisorption and physisorption. Material characterization of the SiC throughout the manufacturing process using SEM and FTIR allows measurement of any chemical change after each surface treatment. Through the use of FTIR and UV-vis, the materials ability to load antibiotic and chemotherapeutic drugs may be investigated. A drug release profile may be used to determine the applicability and efficiency of the SiC...

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Justin Halman

Justin Halman

Nanoscale Science

B.S. Nanoscale Science, SUNY Polytechnic Institute

RNA nanotechnology is a burgeoning field which takes advantage of the naturally occurring biopolymers DNA and RNA to fold into assemblies of discrete shapes and sizes. My research focuses on the design, characterization, and many uses of DNA and RNA nanostructures in personalized medicine, materials, and biosensors. One of my main focuses is on how we can design these unique structures to either activate or evade the immune system for better use as therapeutics.

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Alexandra N. Hurst

Alexandra N. Hurst

Nanoscale Science

Chemistry M.S. UNC Charlotte

My researches involves the synthesis, characterization and application of silica-based nanomaterials for oral and transdermal drug delivery.

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Meesha Kaushal

Meesha Kaushal

Chemistry

University of Massachusetts Lowell

Understanding the Effects of Peripheral Alkyl Substituents on Exciton Diffusion Properties of Bulk-Heterojunction and Bilayer Porphyrin-PCBM Thin Films

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Weina Ke

Weina Ke

Chemistry

B.E., Shanghai Ocean University

Small RNAs such as small interfering RNAs (siRNA) have promise as anticancer therapeutics due to their ability to post-transcriptionally control oncogene expression levels. However, naked small RNAs are not able to cross...

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Margaret Kocherga

Margaret Kocherga

Chemistry

B.S. Chemistry, UNC Charlotte

Organic light emitting diodes, and spintronics are popular technologies that are widely used in modern life. There are still many issues with device performance, cost, and safety. Hexacoordinate silicon complexes based on dianionic pincer ligands are great candidates for luminescent and electronic applications. Wide variety of pincer ligands provides tailorability of the electronic properties, while the hexacoordinate silicon center enforces a rigid planar environment that improves luminescence properties. As an example of such compounds Si(bzimpy-2H)2 was synthesized, and fully characterized...

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Paula Loman-Cortes

Paula Loman-Cortes

Chemistry

M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Universitas Iberoamericana

I am currently working on the synthesis and self-assembly of polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) molecules having different types of porphyrins as substituents.

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Zach Lyles

Zach Lyles

Biochemistry

B.S Chemistry, UNC Charlotte

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) for cancer therapy is an alternative therapeutic that does not have the side effects associated with current treatments (chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery). PDT requires three components: light, oxygen and a photosensitizer (PS). PSs are the primary component as these compounds absorb light and, through an energy transfer, produce a toxic oxygen species. However, the delivery of PSs remains one of the largest drawbacks to PDT. My research entails designing nanoparticle delivery platforms to overcome these drawbacks and efficiently deliver an active PS to desired...

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Venkatesh Ranjan

Physics and Optical Science

M.Tech. Solid State Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

Properties of Intrinsically Disordered Proteins

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Amanda Reid

Amanda Reid

Chemical Biology

B.A. Chemistry, UNC Charlotte

Bacterial surface polysaccharides are broadly diverse among species and often play an important role in both commensalism or illness. While notoriously difficult to investigate, we have developed a synthetic library of fluorescently modified isoprenes which are utilized as a common anchor during early polysaccharide biosynthesis. We hope to probe the production of elongated isoprenes in vitro and in cellulo for the eventual investigation of live cell polysaccharide production.

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Keming Ren

Keming Ren

Mechanical Engineering

B.S., Huaihai Institute of Technology

Fire through dielectric contact has been the lowest cost approach of fabricating the commercial silicon solar cells. The components of silver pastes after firing can affect the current transport mechanism in the front contact and the contact resistivity. As a result, the modified photofront silver metal paste can be applied to reduce the total series resistance.

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Abhispa Sahu

Abhispa Sahu

Chemistry

M.S. Nanotechnology, Amity University, India

Tap water contains disinfection byproducts that exceed health guidelines established by federal and state health authority. My research focuses on developing enhanced filtration systems for water purification by integrating novel nanomaterials. My work is synthesis, characterization and application of these purification systems. Aqueous activators are regenerated by electron transfer. Atom transfer radical polymerization is the green, facile technique used to functionalize SWCNT with poly(vinylbenzyl trimethylammonium chloride). This nanoresin has been used as a technology for water...

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Nickolas Sayresmith

Nickolas Sayresmith

Photophysical Chemistry

B.S. Polymer Chemistry, UNC Chapel Hill

My research is focused on fluorescent dye chemistry, specifically thiazolothiazole and porphyrins derivatives. Fluorescent dyes have many uses including fluorescent biological sensors, solar cells, and other optoelectronic applications.

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Beth Scarbrough

Beth Scarbrough

Biochemistry

B.S. Biology, UNC Charlotte

Caulobacter crescentus produces a strongly adherent polysaccharide localized at the tip of cell envelope extensions or stalks. This polysaccharide promotes...

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Matt Smith

Matt Smith

Optics

BS in Electrical Engineering, The University of Alabama

My research is focused on sub-wavelength optics, specifically theory and simulation of optical vortices, coherence effects, and plasmonic effects. My projects include coherence converting plasmonic hole arrays and mathematical construction of arbitrary superoscillatory optical vortex fields.

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Marissa Styron

Marissa Styron

Chemistry

B.S. Chemistry, UNC Charlotte

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Mubin Tarannum

Mubin Tarannum

Biochemistry

Masters in Nanoengineering, JSNN (NCAT)

Designing and synthesis of Mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) for targeted drug delivery towards pancreatic tumors.

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Esha Thakur

Esha Thakur

Chemistry

M.S. Solid State Materials, IIT Delhi

My research focuses on synthesis and characterization of Si wires using CVD technique for application in solar cells.

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Priya Vadarevu

Priya Vadarevu

Chemistry


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Tang Ye

Tang Ye

Material Science

M.E., Shanghai University, China

Oxygen-contained yttrium hydride is a photochromic material. Illuminated with 442 nm light, the color of the material will change from transparent to a darkened black-like color. The film will...

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