• Quantitative infrared spectroscopy of ionic liquids 

        Contributor:Bicknase, David A.; Porter, Jason; Dreyer, Chris B.
        Date:2012-07
        To make quantitative optical absorption measurements of ionic liquids. Quantitative spectroscopic measurements will allow for the development of optical diagnostics for in-situ testing of purity during synthesis, of ...
      • Renewable energy applications for oil shale drilling 

        Contributor:Salomon, ViolaineBoak, Jeremy;
        Date:2012-08
        Extracting oil shale requires a large amount of energy for heating and pyrolyzing the rock. Using renewable energy sources is a good opportunity to reduce the overall carbon footprint. This poster details thermal solar as ...
      • Micro-scale mechanical properties of NMC lithium ion battery cathodes 

        Contributor:Musselman, Matt; Wilkinson, Taylor; Smith, Kandler; Packard, Corinne
        Date:2012-08
        This work aims to update current lithium ion battery lifetime models in order to provides more accurate predictions on batteries for use in electric/hybrid cars. This requires new physics-based models and an understanding ...
      • Centrifugal sieving for the size separation of lunar regolith in microgravity 

        Contributor:Martinez, Myles; Fruit, John; Dreyer, Christopher; Walton, Otis; Riedel, Ned
        Date:2012-08
        For any microgravity environment traditional sieving methods used on earth can fail or be less effective for smaller size particles. Previously a device was designed and built that uses centrifugal force created by a ...
      • Novel bimetallic catalysts for use in anion exchange membrane fuel cells 

        Contributor:Sather, Nicholas A.; Ham, James M.; Herring, Andrew M.; Greenlee, Lauren F.
        Date:2012-08
        Widespread implementation of current fuel cell technology is inhibited by the scarcity and price of the catalysts on both the anode and cathode. However, recent research suggests that Alkaline Anion Exchange Membrane Fuel ...
      • Synthesis of phase pure tungsten carbide for high temperature H2 membranes 

        Contributor:Brennan, Karl; Parks, Sterling; Ostwal, Mayur; Way, Douglas; Wolden, Colin
        Date:2012-08
        The Pt.-like catalytic behavior of transition metal carbides has been recognized for several decades. However, their potential as robust, highly selective membranes for the steam reforming of methane is only now being ...
      • Centrifugal sieve segregation in micro gravity 

        Contributor:Fruit, John Terrell; Martinez, Myles Kristian Alexander; Dreyer, Christopher; Walton, Otis
        Date:2012-08
        Sieving in space could be crucial to applications such as yielding smaller material for construction and extraction. Thus, improvements were implemented to a centrifugal sieve which included: Labview operating VI for motor ...
      • Benzoic acid surface functionalization of conduction band engineered Zn1-xMgxO layers for enhanced organic/inorganic photovoltaics 

        Contributor:Flores, Tom; Brenner, Thomas; Chen, Gang; Furtak, Thomas; Collins, Reuben
        Date:2012-08
        Increasing the efficiency of organic/inorganic photovoltaics will open the door to a cheap, easy, and safe means to bring solar energy to the masses. A key role in raising this efficiency is by maximizing the band gap ...
      • Catalyst-free 'click chemistry' of zinc oxide surfaces 

        Contributor:Evans, Charlotte; Brenner, Thomas; Chen, Gang; Collins, Reuben; Furtak, Thomas
        Date:2012-08
        Click chemistry' describes reactions that can modify the surface functionality of a material simply and quickly by joining small molecules together. In this research, a five step process was developed involving the surface ...
      • Performance analysis and introduction to optimization of ParFlow 

        Contributor:Sanders, Kevin; Kaiser, Timothy
        Date:2012-08
        ParFlow is an open-source, object-oriented, parallel watershed flow model. It includes fully-integrated overland flow, the ability to simulate complex topography, geology and heterogeneity and coupled land-surface processes ...
      • Optical spectroscopy of hybrid organic/inorganic solar cell materials 

        Contributor:Cruz, Jose; Chen, Gang; Otnes, Gaute; Kendrick, Chito; Furtak, Tom; Collins, Reuben
        Date:2012-08
        Although global energy demands are satisfied by fossil fuels, environmental sustainability is not possible. Due to a need for clean, renewable energy resources, we explored using inorganic photovoltaics as a primary resources ...
      • Gas hydrate adhesion to mineral surfaces 

        Contributor:Leith, Will; Aman, Zachary M.; Sum, Amadeu K.; Koh, Carolyn A.
        Date:2012-08
        Hydrates are crystalline inclusion compounds, where water forms cages that encage 'guest molecules' (typically hydrocarbons). The amount of energy stored in gas hydrates is estimated to be twice that of traditional fossil ...
      • Facile method for making monodispersed colloidal plantinum nanocrystals, A 

        Contributor:Snow, Kyle; McCann, Kevin; Yang, Yongan
        Date:2012-08
        Platinum nanoparticles are extremely small clusters of Pt atoms, usually 1-50 nanometers (nm) in width, homogeneously dispersed in a colloidal solution. Pt nanoparticles have excellent catalytic strength, even more so than ...
      • Horizontal deposition of polystyrene colloids for enhanced light trapping in solar cells 

        Contributor:Omkamoto, Kento; Wu, Ning; Ma, Fuduo
        Date:2012-08
        Motivations: A majority of solar cells base their materials off of silicon wafers about 180-300 microns in thickness due to it being very cost efficient in the market. However, when the thickness of silicon wafers are ...
      • Renewable energy and climate change education 

        Contributor:Kawaguchi, Kelsey; Howell, Cynthia; Munakata-Marr, Junko; Mitcham, Carl
        Date:2012-08
        To identify barriers to incorporating climate change (CC) education into high school and community college courses, 24 national educators were interviewed. During each 30-minute recording, instructors described experiences ...
      • Synthesis of earth-abundant and nontoxic nanomaterials for sustainable energy: colloidal 3C-SiC quantum dots through a room temperature bottom-up method 

        Contributor:Davidson, Malcolm; Cloud,Jaqueline E.; Yang, Yongan
        Date:2012-08
        Motives for Silicon Carbide Quantum Dots: Enhanced intensity and chromatic quality as LED's; High intensity emission and low toxicity as biomarker candidates; Size dependent band gap; Applications in photo-electrolysis of ...
      • Raman spectroscopy of silicon quantum dots 

        Contributor:Rachel, Kurchin; Kendrick, Chito; Collins, Reuben; Furtak, Thomas
        Date:2012-08
        Silicon quantum dots are synthesized and studied extensively by REMRSEC, but they have not thus far had a fast and reliable way to characterize them. In this work, Raman spectroscopy is employed to study dots in varying ...
      • Using AFM to find evidence of conformal monolayers 

        Contributor:Meinig, Erich; Brenner, Thomas; Chen, Gang; Collins, Reuben; Furtak, Thomas
        Date:2012-08
        Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is one of the tools used to infer whether a conformal monolayer of the surface treatment exists. AFM roughness measurements can be used to detect changes in height before and after surface ...
      • Deformation of indium oxide nanostructures, The 

        Contributor:Gomez, Stephanie; Kumar, Mukesh; Packard, Corrine E.
        Date:2012-08
        The development of nanowire technology is important for the application of small and compact devices to replace bulk material and has been a subject of great interest due to their potential in advancing field effect ...
      • Atomic-scale characterization of CdTe PV through atom probe tomography 

        Contributor:Boxer, Kevin S.; Gorman, Brian; Barnes, Teresa
        Date:2012-08
        CdTe solar cell technology uses a thin film photovoltaic device, which has become increasingly cost competitive, with the potential to reduce the use of fossil fuels with a favorable balance of cost and efficiency. Atom ...