This externship focuses on nanotechnology and the scientific principles that enable nanotechnology. In collaboration with Dr. Joe Tracy and faculty, Liz Woolard will learn about the synthesis, characterization, properties, and applications of magnetic, noble metallic, and semiconductor nanoparticles. This project has a particular focus on magnetic nanoparticles, which she will synthesize using airfree wet-chemistry techniques and will characterize by transmission electron microscopy. As part of the externship experience Ms. Woolard will develop lessons and projects for a Nanotechnology Outreach Program (NOP). The NOP will emphasize the interdisciplinary nature of nanotechnology and the need for new nanostructured materials and devices to address important contemporary issues, such as energy production and conservation, cancer treatment, and supercomputing. It will also feature lectures and demonstrations by NC State faculty to increase high school students’ awareness about nanotechnology. Demonstration topics may include: optical properties of semiconductor and metallic nanoparticles, ferrofluids, microcontact printing, atomic force microscopy, materials for solar cells, spintronics, catalysis, and nanomaterials for drug delivery, biosensing, and environmental remediation.
The Kenan Fellows Program is an initiative of the Kenan Institute for Engineering, Technology & Science, and is generously supported by grants from business, foundations, government organizations, and individual partners.