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Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy in Nanoscience is Underway

Posted by on Monday, June 26, 2017 in News.

Week 2 of the Vanderbilt Summer Academy (VSA) program in Nanoscience is underway.

VSA is a residential, two week session in nanoscience and nanotechnology for 15 gifted high school students who have expressed an interest in nanoscience and nanotechnology.  The program is part lecture, part hands-on, and in addition to nanoscience experiments (e.g. nanocrystal synthesis) activities include device fabrication in the VINSE cleanroom where students will learn the operation and application of several instruments. This nanoscience summer camp is led by Dr. Greg Walker. Liudmyla Prozorovska and Kofi Christie are the lead teaching assistants this summer.

2017 summer activities included:

  • Materials Chemistry – from Molecules to the Nanoworld (Hanusa)
  • Computational Nanoscience: Exploring the World Using a Computer (Covington/Varga)
  • Engineering with Light (Weiss)
  • Quantum Dots – Synthesis, Characterization, and Application (Rosenthal/McBride)
  • Silver Sock & Stacked Alloys (Macdonald)
  • Playing with Biomaterials (Bellan)
  • Lights and Lasers for Materials Science (Haglund)
  • Building up Nanostructures for Direct Energy Conversion Devices (Walker)
  • Gold Nanoparticles Synthesis Reactions (Cliffel)
  • Colors at the Nanoscale (Bardhan)
  • Bending Light at Will: Refraction and Invisibility (Valentine)

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