Archives—December 2010

MTU Studying Clouds

Clouds play a crucial part in regulating climate, but precious little is actually known about clouds’ inner workings and their role on Earth. A group of Michigan Technological University scientists hopes to change that, thanks to a $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

MTU studying clouds, weather
Mining Journal, January 3, 2011

New Michigan Tech Research Focuses On Clouds’ Role In Climate
CBS Detroit, January 3, 2011

Clouds with silver linings
Mining Gazette, December 30, 2010

Michigan Tech looks at clouds
National Science Foundation grant used to build research chamber, December 13, 2010

A Look at Clouds from All Sides Now
Michigan Tech News, December 13, 2010

An Element of Nobel-ity: Michigan Tech’s Carbon Connection

Who ever would have guessed that the business end of Dixon Ticonderoga No. 2 pencils would someday be the next big thing?

John Jaszczak, perhaps. He was not all that surprised that the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics was presented to two Russian-born scientists who created atom-thin sheets of carbon, called graphene, made from graphite. Jaszczak, a professor of physics and adjunct curator of the Seaman Mineral Museum, is a longtime fan of the mineral and was familiar with their prize-winning work. In fact, he supplied the researchers, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov of the University of Manchester, with graphite crystals to use in their experiments. And, he appears as a coauthor on one of their papers, “Giant Intrinsic Carrier Mobilities in Graphene and Its Bilayer,” published in Physical Review Letters.

View the Michigan Tech News story

Student Awarded at 2010 MRS Fall Meeting

Physics graduate student Abhishek Prasad has won an award in the 2010 Materials Research Society Fall Meeting. Prasad was one of the 50 finalists in the Science as Art competition in the meeting. His entry, entitled “Stem of nanoflowers,” was artificially composed of multiple scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images of zinc oxide (ZnO) nanostructures. Voting from the participants was carried out on-site at the meeting. Prasad won first place in the competition. Stem of NanoflowersThe MRS meeting was held in Boston from November 28 to December 03, with nearly 6000 registered participants. Prasad presented a paper entitled “(CdSe) ZnS Core Shell Quantum Dots Decorated Zinc Oxide Nanowires for Solar Energy Harvesting Applications” in Symposium W: Nanowires—Growth and Device Assembly for Novel Applications. Prasad is a senior graduate student in Professor Yoke Khin Yap’s research group.