June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Engineering Physics & Physics
22.489.1 - 22.489.11
Development of an undergraduate research laboratoryWe report our experience in setting up a research laboratory at a non-PhD granting institution. Theintention was to create an applied electrostatics lab with the potential to become research competitivein the field after a few years of development. In the initial stages we started with a modest budget and asmall lab space. However, upon very careful equipment selection and research on sources, the lab’scapabilities became reality. Students working in the lab in the initial stages were of utmost importancein setting up the lab. Some of the devices purchased were improved by us to allow more versatile usage.The first lab results in the field of electrosprays were obtained, analyzed, presented and publishedwithin the first year of the lab’s development. Other students were attracted to the lab and moreexperimental setups, measurements and analysis were done in the subsequent year. Micro and nanoparticle production and analysis are available in the lab and with the help of colleagues old equipmentwas adapted for the study of electrosprays in reduced pressure or vacuum. New interesting results wereobtained in the lab and a research course will be offered next semester that will use this laboratory asthe primary means. The research capabilities after two and a half years include electrospray andelectrospinning, high speed imaging of droplets, micro and nanoparticle generation, thin filmsdeposition, ferro-fluids, and gas discharge studies. With the development of a new arts and sciencesbuilding, a unique opportunity to design the research lab space was available. The development of thelab was supported by small grant from the institution and additional grant proposal are submitted tonational agencies. We believe that our successful experience in lab development can be of interest toothers instructors with similar targets like ours.
Ieta, A., & Manseur, R., & Doyle, T. E. (2011, June), Development of an Undergraduate Research Laboratory Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17770
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