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CSET June 2022 Good News Report

June 2022

Center for Materials Research

Mr. Samuel Danquah, a Ph.D. student at the Center for Materials Science and Crest Cream scholar, advisor Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation “Composite solid-state electrolyte with high voltage-cathode for energy application” Ph.D. dissertation, defended on June 9th, 2022. Mr. Dan quay is working on launching a technology startup company.

Dr. Messaoud Bahoura, Professor of Engineering and Director of the Center for Materials Research (I), and Dr. Tanya David, Assistant Professor of Chemistry,  lead a team of 12 volunteers to deliver hands-on activities at the Children Museum of Virginia in Portsmouth on June 4th, 2022. Over 300 visitors participated in the activities. This year we celebrate our 13th anniversary of the NanoDays outreach activity. This outreach activity has been a legacy of the NSF-funded project Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network (NISE). Through NanoDays we aim at increasing public awareness, engagement, and understanding of the nanoscale, engineering, and technology, informs the public about scientific advancements, and shares the passion for science with the community. NanoDays activities brought university researchers, undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, educators, and volunteers from different departmentstogether with science museum educators, creating unique learning experiences. NanoDays engages people of all ages in a minuscule world where materials have special properties and new technologies have remarkable promise.

Sondai Riddick, an unundergraduate CREST CREAM scholar in Dr. Messaoud Bahoura’s Group, submitted a research presentation to NOBCCHE2022 Conference to be heheld on September 26-29, 2022 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando, Florida. The presentation’s title is "Characterization of Lithium-ion Battery Cathodes using X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy",with co-authors: Clifford Denize, Makhes Behera, Tanya David, Messaoud Bahoura. The focus of this research is to compare and optimize different fabrication methods of LiF:Fe and FeS2 thin film cathodes in lithium-ion batteries. LiF:Fe was deposited onto silicon and steel substrates using electron-beam physical vapor deposition and characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). FeS2 thin film cathodes were deposited onto steel substrates and either annealed and sulfurized or not. The films were characterized by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The comparison of each method and their results will be presented.

The students from Dr. Noginov’s group presented their research at the following conferences:

  • Md Golam Rabbani Chowdhury, Ayanna Shorter, Sangeeta Rout, Mikhail A. Noginov, “Anomalous Dips in Reflection Spectra of Polymers Deposited on Plasmonic Metals”, CLEO Conference, San JOSE, CA, USA and virtual, May 15 – May 19, 2022, paper JTu3B.14. 
  • Md Golam Rabbani Chowdhury, Shamaar R. Howard, Kanij Mehtanin Khabir, Mikhail A. Noginov, “Dispersion in Reflection and Emission of Dye Molecules Strongly Coupled to Surface Plasmon Polaritons”, CLEO Conference, San JOSE, CA, USA and virtual, May 15 – May 19, 2022, paper FTh2B.2. 
  • Leila Hesami, Chi Yang, Elias Anwar, Mikhail A. Noginov, “Effect of metal-dielectric environments on photopolymerization of the [2,2′-bi-1H-indene]-1,1′-dione-3,3′-diyldiheptanoatecarboxylate monomer”, 2022 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit, May 8 -13.; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. 
  • K. M. Khabir, M. Shahabuddin, N. Noginova, M. A. Noginov, “Workfunction studies of constituents of Fabri-Perot cavities and MIM waveguides”, 2022 MRS Spring Meeting and Exhibit, May 8 -13.; Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

Department of Nursing and Allied Health

Aretha Thurman, DNP, RN, Director of Nursing Program supervised Nursing Students who participated in an “In-Person Prostate Cancer Early Detection Event” on June 25, 2022. The event was initiated by the NSU Center of Excellence in Minority Health Disparities who partnered with Shiloh Baptist Church to bring the event to the community. Twenty-one men participated in the educational event and on-site screening.  The NSU students performed guidance to each participant including registration, vital signs, obtaining labs and served as a chaperon during the examinations.