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Reducing Toxicity, Sequestration, and Degradation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAs)
01 Sep 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Gokhan Mutcali, Daniel Rivera, NEWT Center
Per- and Polyflyoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a large, complex group of synthetic chemicals that are commonly used everyday. Consumers are exposed to these by consuming contaminated water or food, using products made with PFAS or breathing contaminated air. This project focuses on the...
Surface Modification of Aluminum Nanocrystals with Biologically Relevant Ligands
01 Sep 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Carla Dagher, Oara Neumann, NEWT Center, Rice University
This approach allowed the exploration of the use of Aluminum Nanocrystal's functionalized ligands in biomedicine utilizing cost effective procedures.
Transfer of CO2 Into Organics by Au-Biofilm
01 Sep 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Ashley Fauss, Min Long, NEWT Center, Rice University
There is currently an increase in urbanization and deforestation causing an abrupt increase of CO2 in the atmosphere. This project focuses on reducing carbon emissions in an effort to mitigate the effects of climate change by utilizing a membrane biofilm reactor which diffuses the CO2 across...
Photovoltaic Performance of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Hole Transport Layer
31 Aug 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Chika Okolo, Mariana Quinn, Rice University
Heatwaves are responsible for more deaths across the world than floods, tornados, or hurricanes. The problem, and the potential solution is the Sun. Every hour, it emits enough energy to power our entire world for a year. However, we need an efficient, green, and cost effective way to harness...
Unveiling the Journey of Making Single Crystals
31 Aug 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Ritu Gandhi, Karthik Rao, Rice University
Growing crystals in saturated solution is a fundamental technique for obtaining well-ordered crystals with controlled properties. This process involves a method called “flux growth”, where single crystals are grown by employing a flux, which is a solvent that facilitates the...
Investigating Biomolecular Size Effects on the Performance of Organic Electrochemical Transistors
31 Aug 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Mariana Prado, Erin Porter, Rice University
Organic Electrochemical Transistors (OECTs) use biomolecular sensor technology in order to detect biomolecules. These sensors have many advantages such as low cost, ability to amplify molecular binding, and their stability in aqueous environments. OECTs have shown high sensitivity, but there is...
Nature of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes' Interactions with Differing Photosensitizers
31 Aug 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Rubiona Grainger, Nima Soltani, Rice University
It was recently discovered that when Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes (SWCNTs) wrapped with single-stranded DNA are exposed to singlet oxygen the singlet oxygen reacts with the guanine nucleotides embedded in the DNA. The singlet oxygen is produced by irradiation of a photosensitizer. However,...
Cell Factory for Small Molecule Inducible Delivery of Low Dose IL-2
31 Aug 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Celsa Pachlhofer, Yafet Arefeayne, Rice University
Autoimmune and inflammatory diseases are characterized by insufficient regulatory T cells (Treg), which play a central role in maintaining peripheral tolerance, preventing autoimmunity, and limiting chronic inflammation. Treg cells depend on IL-2 for survival and maintenance of their...
Sustainable and Energy Efficient Removal of PFAS-Saturated Granular Activated Carbon
31 Aug 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Melody Jenkins, Sara Denison, Rice University, NEWT Center
Currently water treatment plants remove toxic PFAs using granular activated carbon (GAC) but have no sustainable process for disposing PFAS. Our approach focuses on the successful removal and destruction of PFAs in GAC preventing contaminants from entering back into the environment & uses...
Food Web Differences in Primary Versus Secondary Growth in a Lowland Tropical Rainforest
31 Aug 2023 | | Contributor(s):: Patricia Juarez Swan, Annie Finneran, Rice University
Biodiversity of wildlife can be seen in interactions between species, such as predation. One way to understand predation between animals such as mammals and birds are food webs, which documents which animals eat each other. Understanding how humans can impact these food webs, and therefore the...
Aug 07 2023
A Computational model of EGFR and IGF1R pathways in lung cancer
06 Dec 2022 | | Contributor(s):: Supriya Bidanta, FNU POORVA, Dhanusha Duraiyan
A Computational model of EGFR and IGF1R pathways in lung cancer
Model Rockets and Composite Materials: Design, Build, Launch
27 May 2021 | | Contributor(s):: Amber Genau
Students will gain experience with polymer matrix fiber composites, composite production, and the tradeoffs inherent in the engineering design process by designing, building and launching their own model rocket. Composite materials are created via hand layup and vacuum assisted resin...
NCN Nanophotonics and Metamaterials
NCN-SLC holds an NCN Student Research Symposium (NSRS) in Spring/ Summer each year. The purpose is to bring together students from the various research groups working on nanoscience and...
Materials Camp for High School Students
01 Jul 2020 | | Contributor(s):: Amber Genau
These activities were all developed for the Materials Camp program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), which began in 2011. The camp is a five-day, non-residential program designed to introduce mostly local 10th-12th grade students to the field of materials engineering and the...
Balloon Skewer Relay Race
29 Jun 2020 | | Contributor(s):: Amber Genau
Do you think you could get a bamboo barbecue skewer through a balloon without popping it? With a little dish soap and some practice, I bet you could! Skewering a balloon is a fun and inexpensive way to demonstrate the structure-dependent properties of polymers. Polymers are made...
Materials Matching Mixer Activity
This materials-themed ice breaker activity is great for the first day of a camp program to get students thinking about basic material properties, as well as talking to each other and speaking out loud in front of the group. The name of a common engineering material (steel, rubber, concrete,...
Pineapple Packaging Design Challenge
This activity asks students to work in teams to consider the pros and cons of different materials as a container for cut pineapple (metal can plastic jar, glass jar). It reinforces the differences between different categories of material, weighing conflicting factors to reach a design...
Engineering Communication with Tinker Toys
This resource describes three variations on an engineering communication activity using Tinker Toys. In the main activity, small groups of students are given a bag of Tinker Toys and instructed to build anything they like. They are then asked to write down building instructions for...