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Experimental Nanomaterials and Nanoscience - An Interdisciplinary Laboratory Course

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



Conference Session

NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

Tagged Topic

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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24.575.1 - 24.575.10



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Hong Huang Wright State University

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Dr. Huang is an associate professor at the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Wright State University. She has over 15 years of research experience in nano-structured materials for electrochemical energy conversion systems covering lithium ion batteries, supercapacitors, and thin film solid oxide fuel cells. She is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed research publications and invited book chapters. She received her PhD at Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands and later worked at Stanford University as a Research Associate. After joining Wright State University, she has established Energy Nanomaterials Laboratory and developed three new courses with emphasis on Renewable Energies and Nanomaterials. She also serves as the faculty advisor of Materials Advantage Chapter.

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Steven R. Higgins Department of Chemistry, Wright State University

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Dr. Higgins is Professor of Chemistry at Wright State University where he conducts research on solid-liquid interfaces using in-situ high-temperature scanning probe microscopy. His primary research emphasis is on mineral-water interfaces which are important to current geochemical and environmental problems such as radioactive waste storage, geothermal energy, and carbon sequestration.

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Aaron Joseph Blake Wright State University, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

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Aaron J. Blake is a PhD student in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Wright State University. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and MS in Renewable and Clean Energy at Wright State University. Under the supervision of Dr. Hong Huang, his research focuses on the development of advanced all solid-state sulfur/Li-ion batteries.

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Jason Allen Deibel Wright State University

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Dr. Jason Deibel is an Associate Professor in the Dept. of Physics at WSU with a joint appointment in the Dept. of Electrical Engineering. He received a B.A. in Physics and Mathematics from Transylvania University and a Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining WSU, Dr. Deibel was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, working in one of the world’s preeminent THz research groups. Dr. Deibel has authored or co-authored 13 peer-reviewed journal publications and presented his research at over 22 research conferences. Dr. Deibel’s research has lately focused on the demonstration of terahertz spectroscopy and imaging as a tool for the non-destructive characterization of novel materials. Another research interest is the development of THz waveguides and near-field microscopy. He was one of the first in the field to apply finite element methods to the study of novel terahertz devices and phenomena. At WSU, Dr. Deibel runs a cutting edge research program where he oversees three THz systems, a simulation workstation, and several student research assistants. Dr. Deibel is a member of the IEEE, SPIE, OSA, and APS.

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Ioana Sizemore Wright State University, Department of Chemistry

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Experimental Nanomaterials and Nanoscience – An Interdisciplinary Laboratory CourseAdvancements in computer chips, sensors, medicine, renewable energies, and more will developfrom nanomaterials, nanotechnology and nanoscience. Today’s students need to be educated andhave first-hand experience with cutting-edge research and development in these fields to meetthe increasing demands.This National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded course aims to develop a series of laboratorymodules on nanomaterials and nanoscience to complement currently offered lecture courses andto train the next generation of nano-scientists and -engineers. Laboratory modules focusing onthe fabrication, characterization and application of nanomaterials are research-inspired and isopen to both undergraduate and graduate students. Every student participating in this course hasobtained hands-on experiences including: 1) manufacturing metallic nanoparticles (silver andgold) and graphene oxide nanosheets in a chemistry lab; 2) purifying and manipulatingnanoparticles using a “green” tangential flow filtration approach; 3) determining the particlesizes and morphologies of nanoparticles using an advanced atomic microscope and a scanningelectron microscope; 4) testing how these nanoparticles interact with light from the invisible tothe ultraviolet; 5) using computer simulations to visualize the “nanoworld”; 6) investigatingfeasibility of using silver nanoparticles sense chemical molecules; and 7) assembling andcharacterizing advanced lithium ion batteries based on graphene-based nanomaterials etc.This course is mainly taught by graduate research students under the direct supervision offaculty. This educational approach improved graduate students’ teaching skills and validatedunderstanding of their own research topics. New evaluation methods and instruments weredeveloped in close collaboration with the Center for Teaching and Learning and the graduatestudents (e.g., laboratory skill evaluations specific to each experiment module). This newlaboratory course was scored highly in the student evaluation forms (e.g., the overall experiencein the course was rated 9.3 on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being excellent). This course havebeen successfully offered two terms. Entrance and exit surveys indicated that the course heldgreat relevance to students’ current field of study and future career paths.

Huang, H., & Higgins, S. R., & Blake, A. J., & Deibel, J. A., & Sizemore, I. (2014, June), Experimental Nanomaterials and Nanoscience - An Interdisciplinary Laboratory Course Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20466

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