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Random Lasing in Liquid Crystals Doped with Dyes and Plasmonic Nanoparticles

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Kelsey Darrah with Pino Strangi
Random Lasing in Liquid Crystals Doped with Dyes and Plasmonic Nanoparticles
Laser light is generated by merging two important physical mechanisms, amplification and optical feedback. …Read more.

Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of Molybdenum Trioxide Thin Films

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Yang Han with Xuan Gao
Fabrication and Electrical Characterization of Molybdenum Trioxide Thin Films
Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) materials have been widely studied in recent decades. …Read more.

Aggregation Characteristics of Conjugated Sophorolipid-(Zn)porphyrin Polymers

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

George Heidbreder with Kenneth Singer
Aggregation Characteristics of Conjugated Sophorolipid-(Zn)porphyrin Polymers
Bio-based, self-organizing molecules are of considerable interest for optoelectronic device applications due to their functionality and ability to construct sophisticated microstructures with similar motifs to those found in nature.   …Read more.

Deposition and characterization of ZnSnSb2 for phase transition studies

Date posted: February 15th, 2018

Kevin Kwock with Kathleen Kash and Gary Chottiner
Deposition and characterization of ZnSnSb2 for phase transition studies
ZnSnSb2 (zinc tin antimonide) is predicted to have interesting crystal structures, phase transitions, and thermoelectric properties that have not yet been carefully confirmed by experiment. …Read more.

Black Phosphorus Field Effect Transistors: Device Physics and Performance

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

Bradley C. Odhner with Philip Feng
Black Phosphorus Field Effect Transistors: Device Physics and Performance
We are nearing the end of Moore’s law. Silicon based transistors, the amazing technology that led to the huge growth of Silicon Valley, are rapidly approaching a point where they will not be able
to progress anymore. …Read more.

Growth of Indium MonoSelenide for 2D Semiconductor Devices

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

Derek Tang with Xuan Gao
Growth of Indium MonoSelenide for 2D Semiconductor Devices
Two-dimensional (2D) van der Waals (vdW) materials with structures similar to graphene and graphite have emerged as a major research area in materials and condensed matter physics research. …Read more.

Investigating the Durability and Reliability of PERC Solar Cells with Accelerated Weathering

Date posted: February 13th, 2018

Trey Wager with Roger French
Investigating the Durability and Reliability of PERC Solar Cells with Accelerated Weathering
Abstract – PERC (passivated emitter rear cell) monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells have higher efficiency than Al-BSF (aluminum back surface field) silicon photovoltaic cells, but these new PERC cell designs do not have well established reliability and durability performance. …Read more.

Analyzing the Internal Structure of Bulk Metallic Glasses through X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) Spectroscopy

Date posted: February 12th, 2018

Hanyu (Alice) Zhang with  Jennifer Carter
Analyzing the Internal Structure of Bulk Metallic Glasses through X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (XAFS) Spectroscopy
This project is aimed at using computational tools to see if current theory predicts the changes in XAFS spectra seen in experimental data. …Read more.

Characterization of Gas-Liquid Interfaces in Passive Cyclonic Separators

Date posted: December 26th, 2017

Ru-Ching Chen with Yasuhiro Kamotani (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering)
Characterization of Gas-Liquid Interfaces in Passive Cyclonic Separators

Two-phase flows and their separation is an important research topic as many spacecraft require such functionality to remain operational. …Read more.

Photorefractive properties of liquid crystal-filled bacterial cellulose mats

Date posted: December 23rd, 2017

Caroline Novak with Kenneth Singer
Photorefractive properties of liquid crystal-filled bacterial cellulose mats

The photorefractive effect is a phenomenon associated with nonlinear optical materials in which the refractive index of the material varies with the application of light. …Read more.

Low Temperature Suspension of Shear Thickening non-Newtonian Fluids

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Nicholas Barron with Jaoa Maia and Ed Caner
Low Temperature Suspension of Shear Thickening non-Newtonian Fluids
There are a variety of useful applications in industry for shear thickening non-Newtonian fluids. …Read more.

Optimization of Optical Based Malaria Detection

Date posted: May 1st, 2015

Seth Kimble with Robert Deissler
Optimization of Optical Based Malaria Detection
The detection of malaria present in humans has been shown to be possible by measuring the absorption of laser light as a magnetic field is applied to a blood sample containing the paramagnetic malaria hemozoin. …Read more.

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