Program Highlights for year 2013
Teaching the Teachers
Electromagnetism at the Physical Sciences Inquiry Academy
These fifth-grade teachers are building electromagnetic ping pong ball launchers to demonstrate electromagnetism to their students.
Utah MRSEC leads lessons and activities for teachers, as well as provides educational kits which supplement curriculum andcoordinate with Utah Core Standards.
The electronic properties of the polar interfaces between insulating oxides has been intensely investigated in recent years. An exciting new development is the observation of robust magnetism at the interface of two non-magnetic materials, LaAlO3 (LAO) and SrTiO3 (STO).
A new technique for imaging spin properties at the nanoscale, Scanned Spin‐Precession Microscopy, works by incorporating a scannable micromagnetic tip in conjunction with any of a variety of established spin detection tools—electrical or opti
On March 13, 2013, students from Philadelphia's Latin School
visited the Princeton Center for Complex Materials. The 9th and 10th graders
came to PCCM from the largely African American all boys charter school in
Philadelphia. Their teacher, Christine Galib, a Princeton University alum, has
been teaching her students about nanotechnology. She saw a talk by PCCM's
methods to investigate
the role of geometric structures, e.g. thin spherical block copolymer shells,
in the microphase
in block copolymer thin films. The shells are comprised of the triblock
soft, largely organic, highly heterogeneous, self-generated, self-repairing
thin films comprised of macromolecules, inorganic ions, and living matter.
These films corrode petroleum pipelines and storage tanks, increase drag on
shipping vessels, and account for the majority of hospital-treated infections.
In 2012, Princeton University’s
NSF-funded research center Princeton Center for Complex Materials (PCCM) and its partners the
Princeton Public Library and the New
Jersey State Museum were awarded
funded NISEnet Nano! Mini-Exhibit. Nano! is a new engaging exhibition for family
The kagome lattice is an outstanding example of a frustrated magnet, a system in which the
magnetic moments cannot satisfactorily align to minimize the energy. Its
ground-state configuration has been a long-standing puzzle. Recent debate has
focused on the relative stability of a valence bond-crystal, and an isotropic
devices rely on the control of the flow of electrons and holes at the interface
formed between different semiconductors. Silicon is the workhorse of the
semiconductor industry. However, until now, creating a heterojunction
between Si and other materials with a larger energy gap has been an intractable