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College of Science, Engineering, and Technology

Center for Materials Research

Faculty

Dr. Suely Black

CMR Faculty-Dr. Suely Black

Professor of Chemistry

Ph.D. in Chemistry, Columbia University, New York
M.Ph. in Chemistry, Columbia University, New York
Graduate Studies, Quantum Theory Project, University of Florida, Florida
M.S. in Chemistry, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

MCAR Suite #517, Norfolk State University,
700 Park Ave., Norfolk, VA 23504,
Phone: (757) 823-8403
Email: smblack@nsu.edu

Biography

Suely is a native of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was raised with three siblings by Jayme and Anna, dedicated parents and children of World War II Jewish refuges. Education was highly valued in the family, and Suely placed among the top few in her entering chemical engineering class at the prestigious Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). More interested in investigating relations in physical phenomena than in manipulating them for practical purposes, Suely worked on undergraduate research projects in inorganic chemistry, and later joined the M.S. in Chemistry program at UFRJ to study quantum chemistry. Fond memories of that time include punching computer cards, and keeping them in order to avoid having to rearrange hundreds of lines of computer code. While still pursuing her M.S. degree, Suely taught high school chemistry to students preparing for the tough university entrance exam, and was selected for an assistant position in physical chemistry at Universidade Federal Fluminense. A month-long workshop in Gainesville, FL, sponsored by the Quantum Theory Project (QTP), was enough to convince her to pursue her Ph.D. degree at the University of Florida. She is greatly indebted to Profs. U. Löwdin, R. Bartlett and M. Zerner for sharing their passion for their science with the graduate students in the program. It was also then that Suely embraced the saving grace of knowing Jesus Christ as the Way to the Father. After two years at QTP, while traveling back home to visit her parents, she met her future husband, Jason, who was also on his way to Rio following his passion for Bossa Nova. They married soon thereafter, and Suely transferred to Columbia University. There she worked under the direction of Prof. Rich Friesner, who miraculously offered her a funded position in his group only two weeks before the beginning of the semester. It was in Manhattan that Paulo, their son, was born. After Suely completed her degree, the family moved to Norfolk, VA, where she joined the chemistry department and the Center for Materials Research at Norfolk State University. Three months later, Luísa was born. For Suely, it has been enjoyable and fulfilling to work alongside colleagues at NSU and from partner institutions, contribute to the education of NSU students, and to raise a family in Virginia Beach.

Synergistic Activities

Education Hub Director, Center for Materials Research, 2003-2011

  • Designed, established and directed the grant-supported Center for Materials Research (CMR) Education Hub.
  • Implemented the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in the Fall 2007, the first STEM doctoral program at Norfolk State University, and the second in the nation at an HBCU.
  • Directed the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering Program and the M.S. in Materials Science program.
  • Designed and coordinated center-sponsored undergraduate scholarship and research programs, including summer undergraduate research program, recruiting efforts, and professional mentoring of students.
  • Directed all formal and informal education activities sponsored by grants in the CMR, including partnership activities with other universities.

Associate Director of Diversity and Associate Director of Education for the NSF-STC on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research (CMDITR) led by University of Washington, 2005-2012

  • Coordinates cooperative efforts between the CMR and the other universities in the Center, including recruiting of undergraduate students for center programs, organizing participation of graduate students in the CMDITR's activities, development of graduate course in Nanotechnology with STC-MDITR faculty participation at NSU,
  • Created the CMRwiki (http://cmrwiki.nsu.edu), which is maintained by NSU students,
  • Created an infrastructure to allow graduate students to design and deploy science outreach activities to the community.

Member-at-large and Secretary of the Hampton Roads section of the ACS (2004-2006, 2007-2008)

  • Received grant award to promote the enhancement of chemistry teaching in collaboration with middle school teachers in 2003.
  • ACS Hampton Roads Section's coordinator of the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad since 1996.
  • Revised the general chemistry I and II laboratories for science majors at NSU, with support from NSF-CCLI/ILI program, 1997-1999.
  • Developed and implemented a new model of laboratory instruction to include cooperative, project-based activities, with emphasis on developing problem solving, and written and oral communication skills.
  • Developed materials for instructors and students related to the course.
  • Presented as the paper How we implemented and adapted a cooperative model in an urban setting during the 222nd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 2001

Outreach Activities

  • Coordinator, American Chemical Society Hampton Roads Section U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad, yearly event, 1996- Leader, “Get Your Hands on Some Science” program for middle and high school students at the Brambleton Community Center (with participation of the Cornell Center for Materials Research and NSU CMR, 100+ participants), 2008
  • Leader, Campostella Elementary School STEM Carnival (with participation of NSU, Cornell U. and Purdue U. students, staff and faculty, 100+ attendees), 2011
  • Leader, Campostella Elementary School ACS Green Chemistry Project (multi-week, led by NSU graduate students, 70 participants), 2010
  • Judge, FIRST Robotics Regional Competition,, Norfolk, VA, 2010, 2011, 2012

Other Professional Contributions

  • NSU Liaison for the Preparing Future Faculty Initiative at Old Dominion University, 2006-Advance Project by UVa – NSU Participant
  • National Science Foundation Proposal and Project Reviewer

Research

Current Research Interests and Project Activities


  • Renewal of graduate education in science and engineering through active students’ participation
  • Interdisciplinary graduate education
  • Role of participation in science outreach activities in the development of graduate students’ communication skills
  • Effective instructional practices to develop critical thinking in the General Chemistry course for science majors

Other Research Interests


  • Computational modeling of organic and inorganic materials to explore tailoring of electronic and optical properties

Publications and Presentations

 

22 S.M. Black. Addressing Lack of Preparation for General Chemistry. Proceedings of the 2016 Biennial Conference for Chemical Education, Greeley, CO, July 31 – August 4, 2016.
21 C.G.P. Bernadier, M.F. Cox, T.J. Wallin, M.J. Murphy, A.M.L Harding, R. Hussain, S.J. Penterman, V.N. Peters, T.U. Tumkur, Q.L. Williams, S.M. Black. Learning Non-Technical Skills from Pedagogical Training: Investigating IGERT Graduate Student Perceptions in the 122nd American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2015, Seattle, WA.
20 C. Bernadier, T. Zephirin, M.F. Cox, and S.M. Black. Teaching MSE Students to Teach: A Design-Based Research Model for Introducing Professional Skills into the Technical Curriculum, in H.L LIM (Ed), Handbook of Research on Recent Developments in Materials Science and Corrosion Engineering Education. IGI Global (2015).
19 Snapshot of an interdisciplinary graduate engineering education experience in the 121st American Society of Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, June 15-18, 2014 (paper ID#10779).
18 C.S. McKinney and S.M. Black, The effect of the presence of Ag on HOMO LUMO gaps in oligomers of thiophene, , at the 92nd Annual Meeting of the Virginia Academy of Science (pg 40), May 2014, Richmond, VA.
17 David, T., Zephirin, T.*, Mayy, M.*, Matos, T., Cox, M.F. and Black, S. (2013). Carbon Nanotubes in our Everyday Lives. Published by MatEd. Available at http://www.materialseducation.org/educators/mated-modules/docs/Nanotube_module_final.pdf
16 A.V. Gavrilenko, S.M. Black, A.C. Sykes, C.E. Bonner, V.I. Gavrilenko. Computations of Ground State and Excitation Energies of Poly(3-methoxy-thiophene) and Poly(thienylene vinylene) from First Principles. Lecture Notes in Computational Science. LNCS-2008, Springer, p.396.
15 S. M. Black, Engaging Students in Learning Through Creativity, Interactivity and Technology, Invited Speaker, 16th International Conference on College Teaching and Learning Proceedings, Jacksonville, FL, April 2005.
14 Noginov, M. Vondrova, M, Williams, M. Bahoura, V.I Gavrilenko, S.M. Black, SM, Drachev, V. Shalaev, A. Sykes, Spectroscopic studies of liquid solutions of R6G laser dye and Ag nanoparticle aggregates. J. Opt. A: Pure Appl. Opt., 7 (2005) S219-S229.
13 Bangbelu, S.M. Black, Theoretical Study of Band Gaps of Conjugated Polymer Material for Donor-Acceptor Architectures, Proceedings of the 13th Conference in Current Trends of Computational Chemistry, Jackson, MS, November 2003.
12 Suely M. Black, Important Aspects of Cluster Design in Theoretical Studies, invited lecture, Jackson State University, CCMSI Summer Institute, Jackson, MI, July, 2003.
11 Suely M. Black, Sherita Wilson, Nancy West, Jean G. Krail, Elizabeth Jensen, 8th Grade Chemistry labs that Address the Virginia Physical Science SOLs, 2003 VCEPT Conference Proceedings, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, July 2003
10 Sheena M. Inge, and Suely M. Black, Modeling Of The H-Terminated Si (100) 2 X 1 Surface, NOBCChE 2002, 29th Annual National Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2002.
9 M. Françés-Williams*, R. J. Blocker*, and S. M. Black, Comparative Study of the First Hyperpolarizabilities of Xylene Derivatives, Proceedings of NOBCChE 2002, 29th Annual National Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2002.
8 S. Black, K. Hicks, C. Brame*, K. Lloyd*, V. Sykes*, Theoretical Calculation Of Binding Constant In Dicarboxylic Ligands With Molybdenum6+ , National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) 2002 29th Annual National Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2002.
7 Cheryl A. Blumenberg, Suely Meth Black, Study of Urea Clusters – How do methods compare?, Proceedings of the 222nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Chicago, August 2001.
6 S.M. Black, How We Implemented and Adapted a Cooperative Model in an Urban Setting, Proceedings of the 222nd ACS National Meeting, Chicago, IL, August 2001
5 K.L. Grant, S. Janet, and S.M. Black, The Effect of Ultra Violet Light on the Molecular Orbitals of Polyethylene Terephatalate (PET) and Nylon 6/6 Monomer”, Proceedings of the NOBCChE 2000, Miami, March 2000.
4 Harris* and S.M. Black, Ab initio Calculations of the Properties of BeO and MgO Clusters, Proceedings of NOBCChE 2000, Miami, March 2000.
3 S. Raj Chaudhury, Gae Golembiewski, Waldo Rodriguez and Suely Black, DAACeSS - A multimedia CD-ROM for Earth System Science, Proceedings of the Seventh NASA MU-SPIN User’s Conference, New York, NY, 1997
2 S.M. Black . Hands-On Pressure and Volume Experiment Using the Calculator Based Laboratory. Elementary, Middle, High School and First Year College Versions, Guiding the Gifted and Talent in Science and Technology Conference, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA, October 1996.
1 S.M. Black, R. Friesner, P.Lu and R. Osgood. “Ab Initio Calculation of Molecule-Surface Binding: Methyl Halides on GaAs(110) Surface”. Surf. Sci. 382 (1997) 154

Grants

NSF-CREST HBCU-16467989; 2017-

  • HBCU-RISE: RISE-LightMat: Control of Light-Matter Interactions with Plasmonic Systems and Cavities
  • Role: co-PI, Education Programs Director (PI: C.E. Bonner, NSU)
  • Funded Amount: $998,845

NSF-CREST HBCU-1345215; 2014-2017

  • HBCU-RISE: Enhancement of Research Infrastructure for the Development of Nanoelectromechanical Systems (NEMS) Devices and Materials
  • Role: co-PI, Education Programs Director (PI: F. Williams, NSU)
  • Funded Amount: $998,968

NSF-PREM DMR-1205457, 2012-2017

  • Partnership for Research and Education in Materials – Partnership for Photonic Metamaterials, in collaboration with Cornell University and Purdue University
  • Role: co-PI, Education and Outreach Coordinator (PI: M. Noginov, NSU)
  • Funded Amount: $3,230,000
  • https://www.nsu.edu/cset/prem/index

NSF-DGE 0966188, 2010- 2017

  • Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship in Magnetic and Nanostructured Materials (IGERT-MNM), in collaboration with Cornell University and Purdue University.
  • Role: PI and Director
  • Funded Amount: $3,185,089
  • http://igertmnm.nsu.edu

NSF-CREST, HRD-0734846 , 2007-2009

  • Research and Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (RISE) to Support the Establishment of the Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at NSU
  • Role: PI and Director
  • Funded Amount: $999,950
  • NSF-DUE CCLI-9751096 , 1997-1999

    • General Chemistry Laboratory with Computers and Calculator-Based Laboratory
    • Role: PI
    • FUnded Amount: $25,155.00

    NSF-STC DMR-0120967, 2004-2012

    • Science and Technology Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research
    • Role: NSU sub-award PI (PI: L. Dalton and P. Reid, U.W.)
    • Funded Amount: $

    NSF-HRD HBCU-1137470, 2012-2014

    • Research Initiation Award: Fabrication and Characterization of Composite Contacts on Wide Band Gap Semiconductor for High Temperature Application in Air."
    • Role: co-PI and Mentor (PI: Victor Adedji, ECSU)
    • Funded Amount: $200,000.00

    NSF-CREST, HRD-0931373, 2009-2012

    • Research and Infrastructure Support for Renewable Energy in Materials Science and Engineering at Norfolk State University
    • Role: co-PI and Associate Director of Education
    • Funded Amount: $1,000,000

    NSF-PREM DMR-0511430, 2006-2012

    • Partnership for Research and Education in Materials – Partnership for Photonic Metamaterials, in collaboration with Cornell University and Purdue University
    • Role: Education Programs Director (PI: M. Noginov, NSU)
    • https://www.nsu.edu/cset/prem/index

    NSF-CREST HRD-0317722. 2003-2009

    • Center for Photonic Materials Research (CPMR)
    • Role: co-PI, Researcher and Education Director (PI: C.E. Bonner, NSU)
    • Funded Amount: $4,100,000

    NSF-CREST HRD-9805059. 1998-2003

    • Center for Photonic Materials Research
    • Role: Researcher and Education Programs Coordinator (PI: C.E. Bonner, NSU)
    • Funded Amount: $4,000,000

    NASA-URC NCC3-10035, 2003-2009

    • Center for Research and Education in Advanced Materials (CREAM)
    • Role: Researcher and Education Director (PI: G. Loutts and S. Sun, NSU)
    • Funded Amount: $5,000,000

    NSF-NNI EEC-022839 and EEC-0634750

    • Network for Computational Nanotechnology
    • Role: Participating Faculty Member (PI: M. Lundstrom and G. Klimeck, Purdue U.)

    Awards, Fellowships & Distinctions

    • Faculty Representative to the Board of Visitors, Norfolk State University, 2013-2015.
    • Faculty Senate President, Norfolk State University, 2013-2015
    • Executive Council Member, Norfolk State University, 2013-2016
    • Division Board of Visitors Member, National Science Foundation, 2012
    • Professor of the Year, Residential Life at NSU, 2004
    • Award for Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology Nominee, International Conference on College Teaching and Learning, 2004
    • U.S. Professor of the Year Program NSU Nominee, Carnegie Foundation, 2002-03
    • Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Outstanding Faculty Award, NSU, 2002-03
    • Contributor of the Year, School of Science and Technology, Norfolk State University, 2000-2001
    • Faculty Fellowship, Chemistry, Columbia University, NY, 1991-1993
    • Brazilian CNPq Graduate Research Fellowship, Chemistry, University of Florida, FL, 1989-1991
    • Brazilian CNPq Graduate Research Fellowship, Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1985-1989
    • Brazilian CNPq Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1983-1985

    Labs and Facilities