Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors



Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button


android tablet pc

Home > Press > The power of a speck of dust: Summer research leads to international opportunity

Abstract:
Bethel College senior physics major Matthew Hershberger, Clay Center, knows the power of a speck of dust

The power of a speck of dust: Summer research leads to international opportunity

North Newton, KS | Posted on February 17th, 2010

As a part of the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network's Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU), Hershberger spent last summer in Colorado working with structures that are less than 100 nanometers in at least one dimension.

"When you work with structures this small," Hershberger explains, "a piece of dust landing in the wrong spot could destroy all of your work. Most of the work must be done in a special laboratory, such as the Colorado Nanofabrication Lab, designed to keep the air and working environment clean. I wore a lab coat, gloves and shoe booties every day I was in the lab."

As part of its summer research program for undergraduates, NNIN has 14 sites around the United States, with five or six undergraduates helping with research at each.

According to its brochure, "NNIN provides users across the nation - in academia, small and large industry, and government - with open access, both on-site and remotely, to leading-edge tools, instrumentation and capabilities for fabrication, synthesis, characterization, design, simulation and integration, to help enable their individual nanoscience research projects. The NNIN also has extensive education, training, and outreach activities."

Tracy Tuttle, Bethel assistant professor of physics, says that these programs seek out "sound, rigorous, liberal arts educated students - like the kind of education Bethel excels at.

"[Bethel students] can communicate their experience and results well both in written and verbal form," Tuttle adds.

Hershberger conducted his research at the University of Colorado at Boulder with funding from the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, the National Science Foundation and the Colorado Nanofabrication Lab.

"My specific project, in lay terms, was making tiny drawbridges out of gold with the intent to trap a molecule in the drawbridge as it closed," says Hershberger. "Once a molecule is trapped, the resistance of the molecule can be measured, which can help model how electrons move through the energy levels of the atoms in the molecule.

"This has applications in making molecule-sized circuit components, which could lead to smaller, faster computers," he adds, "but converting the research to industry applications is still decades away. Since I only had 10 weeks, I focused on making the drawbridges and combining designs from other scientists so the process would work on the machines available at the University of Colorado."

Besides the scientific results of his research, the summer experience also resulted in a rare opportunity for Hershberger. Each year, the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network International Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN iREU) selects about 10 students from those who participated in the summer program to conduct research at an international location the following summer.

Hershberger has been invited to work at the Forshungszentrum Jülich, a research laboratory in Jülich, Germany, in summer 2010. "The goal of [NNIN iREU] is to develop an awareness of the global nature of research and technology in the 21st century," he says.

One of the challenges of the experience will be language. "We were told that in the lab everything would be in English," says Hershberger, "but outside the lab we would have to fend for ourselves.

"As of February 1, 2010, I knew no German," he admits. Since then, he has been learning basic German from his roommate and another mod-mate. While he has not traveled in Germany before, he has been to Latin America several times.

"I know a little bit of Spanish, so [at least] I have been in situations where I did not know the language of the land before and survived."

Hershberger has been able to use last summer's research experience for his senior seminar paper and presentation, a Bethel graduation requirement, and he says he believes "the education I received here at Bethel allowed me to gain access to this amazing opportunity."

"I am always very pleased and proud of Bethel students when they are able not only to be accepted to REU programs but to have an opportunity to show off their fine Bethel education," says Tuttle. "Research Experiences for Undergraduates are a fantastic opportunity for students to travel and put their Bethel education to good use in the ‘real world' setting of research."

After this summer, Hershberger plans to pursue graduate school for condensed matter physics, which covers nanotechnology. After graduate school, he hopes to go into industry for research.

"There is an increasing demand for scientists with nanotechnology experience," he says, "and any research experience I am able to pick up will certainly help me through my career."

####

About Bethel College
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges listed in Colleges of Distinction 2008-09.

For more information, please click here

Copyright © Bethel College

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Ad-REIC vaccine: A magic bullet for cancer treatment September 30th, 2014

New Topical Hemostatic Agent: Neutral Self-Assembling Peptide Hydrogel September 30th, 2014

Chemical interactions between silver nanoparticles and thiols: A comparison of mercaptohexanol again September 30th, 2014

A Heartbeat Away? Hybrid "Patch" Could Replace Transplants: TAU researcher harnesses gold nanoparticles to engineer novel biocompatible cardiac patch September 30th, 2014

Laboratories

'Pixel' engineered electronics have growth potential: Rice, Oak Ridge, Vanderbilt, Penn scientists lead creation of atom-scale semiconducting composites September 29th, 2014

On the Road to Artificial Photosynthesis: Berkeley Lab Study Reveals Key Catalytic Factors in Carbon Dioxide Reduction September 25th, 2014

World's smallest reference material is big plus for nanotechnology September 25th, 2014

NRL researchers develop novel method to synthesize nanoparticles September 24th, 2014

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

A Heartbeat Away? Hybrid "Patch" Could Replace Transplants: TAU researcher harnesses gold nanoparticles to engineer novel biocompatible cardiac patch September 30th, 2014

How things coil: Researchers discover that simulation technology designed for Hollywood can be used as a predictive tool for understanding fundamental engineering problems September 29th, 2014

UT Arlington researchers develop transparent nanoscintillators for radiation detection for medical safety and homeland security September 29th, 2014

'Pixel' engineered electronics have growth potential: Rice, Oak Ridge, Vanderbilt, Penn scientists lead creation of atom-scale semiconducting composites September 29th, 2014

Academic/Education

Biosensors Get a Boost from Graphene Partnership: $5 Million Investment Supports Dozens of Jobs and Development of 300mm Fabrication Process and Wafer Transfer Facility September 18th, 2014

Malvern technology delivers Malvern reliability in multi-disciplinary lab at Queen Mary University London September 9th, 2014

State University of New York Trustees Unanimously Approve SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) as New Name for Merged SUNY CNSE / SUNYIT September 9th, 2014

New Vice President Takes Helm at CNSE CMOST: Catherine Gilbert To Lead CNSE Children’s Museum of Science and Technology Through Expansion And Relocation August 29th, 2014

Chip Technology

'Pixel' engineered electronics have growth potential: Rice, Oak Ridge, Vanderbilt, Penn scientists lead creation of atom-scale semiconducting composites September 29th, 2014

Future flexible electronics based on carbon nanotubes: Study in Applied Physics Letters show how to improve nanotube transistor and circuit performance with fluoropolymers September 23rd, 2014

Twisted graphene chills out: When two sheets of graphene are stacked in a special way, it is possible to cool down the graphene with a laser instead of heating it up, University of Manchester researchers have shown September 22nd, 2014

SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) Receives NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 Award to Produce Greater than 99% Semiconducting Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes September 19th, 2014

Nanoelectronics

Grenoble Hosting SEMICON Europa Oct. 7-9, First Time Event Held in France: Leti’s 90-square-meter Booth Will Feature Portable Showroom To Demonstrate New Technology Innovations September 24th, 2014

SouthWest NanoTechnologies (SWeNT) Receives NIST Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase 1 Award to Produce Greater than 99% Semiconducting Single-Wall Carbon Nanotubes September 19th, 2014

Rice rolls 'neat' nanotube fibers: Rice University researchers' acid-free approach leads to strong conductive carbon threads September 15th, 2014

Excitonic Dark States Shed Light on TMDC Atomic Layers: Berkeley Lab Discovery Holds Promise for Nanoelectronic and Photonic Applications September 11th, 2014

Profiles

Russia’s Nano-enabled Products Market to Witness Massive Growth February 8th, 2011

Adept Technology Announces Orders for Over $600K from Chinese Partner January 18th, 2011

Nanostart-held ItN Nanovation Receives Major Follow-on Order in Saudi Arabia November 29th, 2010

Homegrown Companies Developing Batteries for Clean Energy Storage November 2nd, 2010

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More














ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project







© Copyright 1999-2014 7th Wave, Inc. All Rights Reserved PRIVACY POLICY :: CONTACT US :: STATS :: SITE MAP :: ADVERTISE