Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Surface Roughness Effects on Microscale Adhesion"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Fall 2014 - DURI
Research area(s):
Nano/Micro-level systems
Project Description:
Probing the surface of functional films (for food, pharmaceuticals and agricultural use) at the microscale level, will give an insight understanding of the adhesion process that is important in layer-to-layer ensemble. Effects of surface morphology on adhesion-cohesion interactions will be investigated using some analytical tools.
Expected Student Contributions:
The contribution of the student is to help in characterizing films. The intern will carry on experiments using microscope or dynamic apparatus. Training will be given to the student in any analytical tool he will use.
Related Website(s):
None
Desired Qualifications:
GPA > 3.3, desirable if the student has taken courses in material sciences, thermodynamics - surface, chemistry, food or ABE courses.
Estimated Weekly Hours:
9
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 3 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Name:
Carvajal, Teresa
Deptartment/College:
agricultural and biological engineering

Student Supervisor

Name:
Teresa Carvajal
Title:
Faculty Member ABE

Cooperating Faculty

Name:
Rodolfo Pinal
Deptartment/College:
Industrial and Physical Pharmacy/Pharmacy
Name:
John Blendell
Deptartment/College:
Material Science/Engineering