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Co-Authored Research Experience for Teachers Resulted in a Publication

Paul Orbe an RET (Research Experience for Teachers) program participant research with Ismmaila Dabo lead to a published a paper resulting from research on hybrid and plug-in electric vehicles have helped curtail the global consumption of petroleum-based fuels for personal transportation. Photocatalysis offers a potential solution for the solar generation of hydrogen by electrochemically cleaving water. Data-driven materials screening could expedite the discovery and development of efficient photocatalysts. Read the publication in Energy and Environmental Science

The RET bring 3D Printed Material Measurements to 5th Graders

The Research Experience for Teachers collaboration resulted in a published paper focused on creating 3D printed equipment to help make the measurement of liquid contact angles on solid surfaces more accessible for K12 classrooms. The developed system was created utilizing the Penn State Makers Commons' 3D printers, while various sample surfaces surfaces were additionally explored using the Material Characterization Laboratory's Scanning Electron Microscope and a MRSEC-funded laboratory goniometer. The MRSEC also helped provide sufficient 3D printed materials, testing surfaces, and safety equipment to bring the activity to a 5th grade classroom at a local middle school, where the students used the 3D printed equipment to easily measure the contact angle of water on various naturally occurring and artificially-produced hydrophobic surfaces. The work resulted in a published paper in the American Chemical Society.

Cal State LA PREM Student in the 2020 Most Popular Articles

Shirell E. Klein, a former Cal State LA PREM authored a joint published paper listed in the 2020 Most Popular Articles, "Green Synthesis of Reduced Ti3C2Tx MXene Nanosheets with Enhanced Conductivity, Oxidation Stability, and SERS Activity".

IRG 2 Entropy Oxides Work Results in a Publication

Yihuang Xiong co-authored a paper "Data-Driven Analysis of the Electronic-Structure Factors Controlling the Work Functions of Perovskite Oxides" on tuning work functions of materials is critical to the performance of microelectric and (photo) electrochemical devices. The IRG 2 Entropy validated data-driven models to predcit the work functions of cubic perovskites from simple electronic simple electronic descriptors, which may ultimately be applied to high-entropy perovskites. Read the paper in PCCP.

CSULA PREM Partnership Resulted in a Joint Publication

Shirell Klein, a former Cal-State LA student authored a published paper that resulted from a Research Experience for Undergraduates at the Pennsylvania State University. The paper "Green Synthesis of Zr-based Metal-Organic Framework Hydrogel Composites and their Enhanced Adsorptive Properties" appeared in Inorganic Chemistry Frontiers.

Shengxi Huang - Tailoring 2D materials to improve electronic and optical devices

Researchers led by Shengxi Huang, assistant professor of electrical engineering and biomedical engineering at Penn State, have altered 2D materials to enhance light emission and increase signal strength - highlighted in Penn State | Today

Kunyan Zhang & Shengxi Huang - Enhancement of van der Waals Interlayer Coupling Through Polar Janus MoSSe

Kunyan Zhang and Shengxi Huang recently published a paper in JACS

Leonard Jacques & Susan Trolier-McKinstry - Comparative Solution Synthesis of Mn Doped (Na,K)NbO 3 Thin Films

Leonard Jacques & Susan Trolier-McKinstry had a recently published in Chemistry-Europe

Jennifer Miller and Cheng-Yu on Lensless Imaging

Jennifer and Cheng-Yu of IRG 4 research on "A multishot lensless camera in development could aid disease diagnosis" highlighted in Penn State | Today

MRSEC Renewal Announcement

MRSEC - Center for Nanoscale Renewed at $18 million over 6 years article in Penn State | News