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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2019 can be found here.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be
U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

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Project:  Symmetry and Homogeneity as Guiding Principles in Energy Materials Design
Disciplines:  Applied Physics, Engineering
Mentor:  Nicholas Stadie, Professor, (CCE),, Phone: 406-994-7931
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and will be conducted at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana.

Our work spans several topics, and there are projects available in each area. We seek to synthesize and characterize novel materials for energy storage applications with a focus on homogeneity of chemistry and structure in the final product. We begin with carbon as the primary building block, whether for permanently porous scaffold materials or dense graphitic materials, and then seek to make judicious modifications to the carbon network via heteroatom substitution using a wide range of novel solid-state chemical routes. We also carry out investigations of gas-solid interactions at these surfaces, typically under highly non-ideal conditions where the nature of the adsorbed phase is unusual and requires special consideration.
Description:  Synthetic projects involve classic solid-state chemistry techniques: quartz-working, high-temperature reactions, chemical vapor deposition, solvothermal synthesis, Schlenk techniques, etc.
Gas adsorption experiments involve utilizing custom high-pressure gas manifolds, cryogenic and heating thermostats, and high-vacuum systems.
Theoretical/modeling projects involve the use of Mathematica and/or Python to treat experimental adsorption equilibria and calculate thermodynamic properties in unusual, high-pressure adsorbed phases.

Student Requirements:  Thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, diffraction and structure of materials, inorganic chemistry (none required)
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

Click on a program name for program info and application requirements.

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