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CSET Good News Report July 2022

Center for Materials Research

Ms. Jasmine Beckford, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, published her research titled “Gallium doped zinc oxide thin films as transparent conducting oxide for thin-film heaters”, in the peer reviewed journal AIP Advances:   

The performance figures collected over the past year for this article showed a 2,031 times download of the article.

The research showed that the grown GZO films exhibited high transparency, cost-effectiveness, low sheet resistance, and small surface roughness making GZO films unique and potential candidate for various practical applications not only as a transparent electrode but also as an indium free thin-film transparent heater and an affordable transparent conducting oxide in displays.

Mr. Samuel Danquah, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Research and CREST CREAM scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, successfully has his article titled “Effects of calcination temperature on the electrochemical performance of LFMO cathode for all-solid-state energy storage” accepted for publication in Solid State Ionics peer reviewed journal.

Department of Engineering

Hongzhi Guo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering, has received the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award in the 2022 class of awardees. Guo, will carry out research on "Long-Range Near Field Communication for Ultra-Dense Internet of Things," while also developing undergraduate and graduate coursework on cyber-based wireless communication technologies. Dr. Guo is believed to be the first CSET faculty to receive the highly competitive CAREER grant. The CAREER award is NSF's most prestigious recognition for early career faculty. CAREER awardees are generally recognized by disciplinary peers as the rising stars of the profession and they are viewed as role models within the academy. The award also signals that the awardee's proposed activities are aligned with the mission of the home institution, and the prospects for continued professional growth and development are excellent. This is a tremendous recognition for Dr. Guo and for the College of Science, Engineering, and Technology. The five-year $500,000 project term will begin in September 2022.

Renny Fernandez, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Engineering, and his research group, have a new publication. "Comparing machine learning and deep learning regression frameworks for accurate prediction of dielectrophoretic force," has been published in Scientific Reports 12(1), July 2022.  Co-authors include Sunday Ajala and Harikrishnan Jalaiamony, Norfolk State Department of Engineering Master of Science in Electronics Engineering students. 

Dr. Ashley N. Haines (Biology), Dr. Sharon Alston (Social Work) and Dr. Renny Fernandez (Engineering) have received funding under the NSF Coastlines and People Hubs for Research and Broadening Participation (CoPe).  The award for $5M is a collaboration with the University of Virginia and the Elizabeth River Project and is entitled “Enhancing Resilience and Equity in Urban Coastal Communities through the Co-Generation of Community Capitals.”  The overarching goal of the project is to create transferable methods for enhancing resilience and equity in urban coastal communities. While the goal is to produce transferable methods, the project focuses on communities in Hampton Roads region of Virginia — one of the most vulnerable populations to sea level rise in the United States — as community partners.

Department of Chemistry

NoVEL Consortium for Basic Science of Advanced Manufacturing:

Dr. Suely Black and Dr. John Bedford, Chemistry faculty, accompanied four NoVEL scholars from ECSU and VSU on a one-week visit to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. They joined four NSU NoVEL scholars interning at the Lab over the summer. The visit aimed to increase students’ awareness of opportunities at national labs, specially at LLNL, and deepen the collaboration among consortium participants. The visit included several facility tours, including the very special tour of the National Ignition Facility, where controlled fusion research takes place. The picture shows the tour guide, Black and Bedford, with the students from the three institutions outside the facility.

NoVEL Consortium for Basic Science of Advanced Manufacturing:

Sean Nesbit, Physics 2022 graduate and PhD in Materials Science and Engineering fall entering student, Ashleigh Wilson, M.S. in Materials Science, Jalyn-Rose Clark and Elias Anwar, Chemistry rising seniors participated in the summer research internship at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). At the end-of-program poster competition in early August, Jalyn-Rose won first place in the undergraduate, and Ashleigh won third place in the graduate category. The experience was facilitated through NoVEL, a partnership of NSU, VSU, ECSU and LLNL.

NoVEL Consortium for Basic Science of Advanced Manufacturing:

Dr. Carl Bonner, Chemistry faculty, far left, joins PhD.MSE graduates, and now project collaborators, Dr. Vanessa Peters, Dr. Heng Li and Dr. Thej Tumkur celebrates with NSU interns Jalyn-Rose Clark, Ashleigh Wilson, Elias Anwar and Sean Nesbit. The four NSU NoVEL students did exceptionally well in their summer internship at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). Dr. Bonner and Dr. Li, VSU faculty member, visited LLNL in the beginning of August to further develop research collaborations. Poster Titles and NSU student co-author.“SPDC: Generation & Characterization,” Ashleigh Wilson. “Fabrication of Biofunctionalized PVA/PEI Nanofibers for Rare Earth Element Extraction”, Jalyn-Rose L. Clark. “Laser-induced dewetting in vicinity of optically engineered materials,” Elias Anwar.

Department of Computer Science

Rasha Morsi, Ph.D., Computer Science Professor and CSC Graduate Program Coordinator earned three certifications in June and July 2022. She is now a certified SCRUM Product Owner (June 12th 2022-June 11,2024), a certified Techsmith’s Camtasia User (as of June 16th), and a certified Articulate Storyline Developer (as of July 22, 2022). She has also completed and is certified in Defining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations by Rice University (May 28, 2022)  and Introduction to Virtual Reality by the University of London (July 20, 2022), both via Coursera.