Smalley-Curl Institute rewards top students at summer colloquium

Rice undergraduate and graduate students competed for prizes in the first Smalley-Curl Institute summer colloquium at Duncan Hall last week.

Rice undergraduate and graduate students competed for prizes in the first Smalley-Curl Institute summer colloquium at Duncan Hall last week.

Judges at the Smalley-Curl Institute’s first summer colloquium awarded undergraduate and graduate students prizes for their presentations and posters Aug. 7.

Oral presentation awards

IEEE Award ($500): Pelham Keahey for “Improving High-Resolution Microendoscopy for the Early Detection Of Cervical Cancer.”

PlanarTECH Award ($250): Adam Lauchner for “Molecular Plasmonics: Graphene Plasmons in the Picoscale Domain.”

SCI Award ($250): Bob Zheng for “Shining Light on Carrier Generation in Metallic Nanostructures.”

SCI Choice Award ($100): Chad Byers for “Electrochemical Control of Surface Plasmons – From Individual Core-Shell Structures to Plasmonic Drawbridges.”

Undergraduate posters

Kuraray Award ($500): Rocco Vitalone for “Searching for Two Higgs Modes in Superconducting MgB2 Using Terahertz Pump – Terahertz Probe Spectroscopy.”

School of Engineering Award ($250): Grant Stec for “Molecular Plasmonics for Electrochromic Devices.”

School of Natural Sciences Award ($250):  Brandi Ransom for “Transferring Carbon Nanotubes and Graphene onto Antireflective Surfaces for High-Efficiency Solar Cells.”

SCI Choice Award ($100): S. Karuppasamy Pandian for “Broadband Photothermopiles Based on Carbon Nanotube Sheets.”

Labview Licenses: Vinyou Tamprateep for “Measuring Nanotoxicity of nAg and SiO2 in Caenorhabditis Elegans Using High Throughput Assays” and Rebecca Wong for “Characterizing MoS2-Si p-n Heterojunction Using Laser Terahertz Emission Spectroscopy.”

Graduate poster session awards (Session A)

MICRON Award ($500): Linan Zhou for “Photocatalytic Hydrogen Dissociation Using Aluminum Nanoparticles.”

SCI Award ($250): Hao Shen for “Single-Molecule Kinetics of α-lactalbumin Adsorption on Thin Nylon 6,6 Films.”

SCI Choice Award ($100): Pratiksha Dongare for “Study of Optical Properties of Carbon Black Through Single-Particle Absorption Spectroscopy.”

Graduate poster session awards (Session B)

MICRON Award ($500): Kyle Smith for “Circular Dichroism of Au Nanodumbbell Dimers Observed at the Single-Particle Level.”

SCI Award ($250): Yara Kadria-Vili for “Photoluminescence Studies of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes.”

SCI Choice Award ($100): Stephen Sanchez for “Variance Spectroscopy: A New Bridge Between Bulk and Single-Particle Studies.”

 

 

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