Participating Faculty Members
Updated for 2013
Dr. Paul Angiolillo
Exploring Exotic Materials with Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Numerous genera of the Mollusca and Cephalopoda biomineralize calcium carbonate into two polymorphs: aragonite and calcite. This lab has recently undertaken projects to explore mineralized calcium carbonate in both extant and extinct species. In particular, the radiation-induced defects in calcite and aragonite in extinct species is not only interesting from a physics viewpoint but may be used to glean information about the organisms age and ecology. In extant species, these biomaterials exemplify physical characteristics such as strength and toughness that warrants further.
Dr. Yu Gu
Students will get hands-on experience with building novel microdevices with applications in telecommunications, sensing and biomedical analysis.
Students will develop skills with systems containing lasers, fiber optics, microfluidics and novel materials.
Students will receive training on the scientific method and integrate knowledge from physics, chemistry and materials science.
Dr. Douglas Kurtze
My research involves theoretical work on understanding how patterns form in nature, especially in nonlinear continuum systems like solidifying liquids. (Think of the shape of one arm of a snowflake.) A separate line of research is concerned with modeling global ocean circulation and its connection with global climate and climate change.