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Design and Construction of a Liquid Phase Pump and Purification System for the LUX Dark Matter Experiment

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Thomas J. Whitis with Tom Shutt
Design and Construction of a Liquid Phase Pump and Purification System for the LUX Dark Matter Experiment
The current generation of the Large Underground Xenon (LUX) detector, uses an external commercial getter and pump system to circulate and purify the xenon in the detector. …Read more.

Dimming of an LED Light Bulb for Incandescent Replacement

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Kevin Vick with Dave Dudik (Design Engineer – General Electric)
Dimming of an LED Light Bulb for Incandescent Replacement
Within the next few years, incandescent light bulbs will be phased-out of production and will no longer be available for purchase. …Read more.

Exploiting the Paramagnetic Properties of Hemozoin to Rapidly Detect Malaria

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Mary Thompson with Dr. Robert Brown & Dr. Brian Grimberg (Center for Global Health and Diseases, Case Medical School)
Exploiting the Paramagnetic Properties of Hemozoin to Rapidly Detect Malaria
Hemozoin is formed as a waste product in Malaria’s metabolism. …Read more.

Modeling of multicomponent lipid membranes using energy minimization techniques

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Francesca Stephenson with Tim Atherton
Modeling of multicomponent lipid membranes using energy minimization techniques
(started in fall 2009 and will be resumed and completed in spring 2011)
Lipid molecules, such as those found in cell membranes, can form membranes that form surfaces that are closed, can interact to form closed topologically spherical bodies, called vesicles. …Read more.

Atomic Layer Deposition System Design

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Meng Shi with Xuan Gao
Atomic Layer Deposition System Design
In the process of nanofabrication, deposition techniques are always extremely important. Factors such as large area, conformity and reproducibility can affect the end results dramatically. …Read more.

Preparation of compositionally-controlled Pt-based nanoparticle alloys via microplasma reduction of aqueous metal ions

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Raymond Rodgers with M. Sankaran, Department of Chemical Engineering.
Preparation of compositionally-controlled Pt-based nanoparticle alloys via microplasma reduction of aqueous metal ions
Nanoparticle alloys of platinum (Pt) and another metal are desirable for catalytic applications to decrease the loading of the precious metal and alter the physiochemical structure of these materials to enhance their catalytic properties. …Read more.

Bulk Analytic Derivation of the Distribution of Dark Matter

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Daniel Parks with Tanmay Vachaspati & Harsh Mathur
Bulk Analytic Derivation of the Distribution of Dark Matter
(started in spring 2010 and finishing in fall 2010)
The distribution of dark matter in the cosmos is not currently known by any analytically derived formula. …Read more.

Sound Analysis to Automatically Distinguish Wheezes, Stridor, and Crackles

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Urvi Patel with Dr. Ronald Cechner (Anesthesiology, University Hospitals)
Sound Analysis to Automatically Distinguish Wheezes, Stridor, and Crackles
Although the presence of wheezes, crackles, and stridor sounds indicate obstructed airways and other lung problems, there currently exists no method to continuously monitor breath sounds for these abnormalities during surgery. …Read more.

Living on a Monopole

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Nicholas Ondo with Andrew Tolley
Living on a Monopole
This project aims to explore the proposed idea that our universe could be localized on a Hypermonopole, a generalization of the t’Hooft-Polyakov monopole to 6+1 dimensions. …Read more.

Bulk Heterostructure Morphology in Polymer Photovoltaics

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Heather Morgan with Dr. Kenneth Singer and Brent Valle
Bulk Heterostructure Morphology in Polymer Photovoltaics
Recently there has been a rising interest in using organic semiconductors for solar power generation. …Read more.

Seebeck Coefficient of a Biologically Inspired Electrolytic Solution

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

David McCauley with Alexis Abramson (Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering)
Seebeck Coefficient of a Biologically Inspired Electrolytic Solution
(started in spring 2010 and finishing in fall 2010)
The seebeck coefficient is a measurement of the ability of a material to turn a temperature differential into a voltage differential. …Read more.

Fabrication and Deployment of Cosmic Ray Detector Systems

Date posted: May 1st, 2011

Dylan Markovic with Corbin Covault
Fabrication and Deployment of Cosmic Ray Detector Systems
(started in fall 2009 and will be resumed and completed in spring 2011)
When a cosmic ray interacts with the atmosphere of Earth, particles from the cosmic ray emit Cherenkov radiation. …Read more.

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