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  1. Microelectronics Integration Curriculum Development Framework: Checklist version

    Papers | 09 Jun 2024 | Contributor(s):: Tamara J. Moore, Siddika Selcen Guzey, Morgan M Hynes, Kerrie Douglas, Greg J. Strimel

    The Microelectronics Integration Curriculum Development Framework was based on the STEM Integration Framework set forth by Moore & Guzey (2017) and adapted to fit the integration of high-level content (specifically, microelectronics) into K-12 curriculum for any course....

  2. Semiconductors and Sustainability

    Online Presentations | 05 Jan 2024 | Contributor(s):: John Howater

  3. Reducing Toxicity, Sequestration, and Degradation of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAs)

    Online Presentations | 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...

  4. Surface Modification of Aluminum Nanocrystals with Biologically Relevant Ligands

    Online Presentations | 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.

  5. Transfer of CO2 Into Organics by Au-Biofilm

    Online Presentations | 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...

  6. Photovoltaic Performance of Perovskite Solar Cells Based on Hole Transport Layer

    Online Presentations | 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...

  7. Unveiling the Journey of Making Single Crystals

    Online Presentations | 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...

  8. Investigating Biomolecular Size Effects on the Performance of Organic Electrochemical Transistors

    Online Presentations | 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...

  9. Nature of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes' Interactions with Differing Photosensitizers

    Online Presentations | 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,...

  10. Cell Factory for Small Molecule Inducible Delivery of Low Dose IL-2

    Online Presentations | 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...

  11. Sustainable and Energy Efficient Removal of PFAS-Saturated Granular Activated Carbon

    Online Presentations | 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...

  12. Food Web Differences in Primary Versus Secondary Growth in a Lowland Tropical Rainforest

    Online Presentations | 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...

  13. Turn the Lights On!: An EngrTEAMS-CISTAR Collaboration Unit

    Papers | 24 May 2023 | Contributor(s):: Ruben Lopez, Barbara Fagundes, Diallo Wallace, Nrupaja Bhide, Allison Godwin, Tamara J. Moore

    Turn the Lights On! is an engineering design-based STEM curricular unit codesigned by the EngrTEAMS and CISTAR projects. The unit aims to facilitate the learning of major science and mathematical concepts and skills within the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State...

  14. PTC: AI Design Challenge, Activity 3 - Conversion Calculator and Data Visualization

    Tools | 22 Mar 2023 | Contributor(s):: Nancy Ruzycki, Michael Roberts

    The convcalc notebook helps convert values energy values in Activity 3 from kBtu/ft^2 to kWyr and the act3datavisualization notebook provides simple data visualization of household consumption energy data throughout years, months, and hours.

  15. How to Remove Metals from Water with Polymers

    Animations | 21 Aug 2022 | Contributor(s):: Gerardo Lopez, Arizona State University, NEWT Center

    Heavy metals in our water sources have been an ongoing contamination issue that has been growing, especially since the industrialization era. Methods such as adsorption have been previously developed to try to remove these metals from the water in the most cost-effective and as efficiently...

  16. Mr. Waters Takes a Bath at the NEWT Water Treatment Facility

    Animations | 21 Aug 2022 | Contributor(s):: Melissa Mason, Rice University, NEWT Center

    Antimicrobial drinking water has improved over the years with less deaths from water contamination. Scientists and engineers have developed methods to produce larger volumes of water. However, to produce volumes of purified drinking water to accommodate billions of people is an everyday...

  17. Keep Our Dirty Clean

    Animations | 21 Aug 2022 | Contributor(s):: Leonel Resendiz, Rice University, NEWT Center

    Pyrolytic treated of contaminated clay (bentonite) impregnated with iron and copper have shown promise as a viable route to the treatment of crude-oil contaminated soils including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). PAHs are a class of chemicals that occur naturally in coal, crude oil,...

  18. Adaptations to Convection Cells

    Animations | 21 Aug 2022 | Contributor(s):: Chris Winkler, Rice University, NEWT Center

    Changing temperature differences between the poles and the equator, and the rate of the Earth’s spin, create unique atmospheric patterns. These movements help to transfer heat from the equator to the poles thus creating weather. Deep Learning is used to help predict the changes due to...

  19. Making a Self-Cleaning Anti-Scale Coating for Water Treatment Systems

    Animations | 21 Aug 2022 | Contributor(s):: Mariana Quinn, Rice University, NEWT Center

    How are Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) used in water treatment? This research focuses on harnessing the electrical properties of Carbon Nanotubes in order to create a coat that prevents scale and biofilm buildup in water treatment systems.

  20. BNNTs

    Animations | 21 Aug 2022 | Contributor(s):: Shawna Lee-Paul, Rice University

    Boron nitride nanotubes (BNNTs) are nano particles with unique properties, including high mechanical strength, high thermal conductivity, and neutron shielding capacity. These properties are beneficial for numerous applications, such as aerospace, electronics, and energy-efficient...