Nano Portfolio Program Student Presentation

Ratchford wins Best Presentation Award for his research on using AFM nanomanipulation to control the coupling between individual nanoparticles.

Daniel Ratchford, a graduate student working in Professor Elaine Li’s lab, won the “Best Presentation Award” at the Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Student Presentation Competition. Ratchford’s presentation, “Manipulation of coupling between individual nanoparticles,” competed against presentations from other students in the program.

Ratchford’s research focuses on studying electromagnetic interactions in simple hybrid metallic-semiconductor nanostructures. The intent of his research is to determine how the nanoscale geometry of these hybrid structures shapes their overall physical properties.

The Graduate Portfolio Program in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology is a certification program that provides an opportunity for graduate or doctoral students to obtain credentials in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology while they are completing the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree in a particular discipline.

Other student presentations included:

Leandro Forciniti, Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Schmidt and Dr. Zaman
“Computation model provides insight into the distinct responses of neurons to chemical and topographical cues”
Vahid Akhavan, Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Korgel
“New Generation Photovoltaic Devices Based on Cu(In1-xGax)Se2 Nanocrystal Inks “

Vincent Holmberg, Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Korgel
“Phase Transitions, Melting Dynamics, and Impurity Diffusion in Si and Ge Nanowires”

Brian Goodfellow, Chemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Korgel
“Structural transformations of heated nanocrystal superlattices”

Norman HornChemical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Paul
“Physical Aging & Plasticization in Thin Glassy Polymer Films”