..Experimental Methods in ChE Research
..General Information.


Course Objectives:

• To acquaint students with methods for organizing, planning and conducting graduate-level research, with an emphasis on research instrumentation and analytical techniques.

• To develop research proposals preparation skills

• To intoduce incoming graduate students to Chemical Engineering faculty and their research interests.


The course will be divided into nine one-week segments focusing on different areas of experimental research. Each segment will be taught by a different instructor and will include both lectures and lab sessions or demonstrations. Although lectures are scheduled from 9:30-10:20 on MWF in BNS115, not all of them will necessarily be used and time changes may occur. Each instructor will organize lab sessions in his or her own laboratories during the week of that segment. Lab dates are tentative and subject to change.

Date Topic Instructor Lecture(s) Lab(s)
9/28-9/30 Introduction/NSF Fellowships F. Baneyx WF None
10/03-10/07 Molecular Modeling J. Pfaendtner W*F* Home
10/10-10/14 Electron Microscopy


S. Braswell/L. Maier MW W
10/17-10/21 UHV Surface Analysis

Introduction, XPS, SIMS

D. Castner MWF Th
10/24-10/28 Photovoltaics H. Hillhouse MW W
10/31-11/04 Surface Probe Microscopy R. Overney MW W
11/07-11/10 Flow Cytometry

Excellent lectures on cytometry

K. Tran MW None
11/14-11/18 Scattering Techniques

Lecture 1 and Lecture 2

D. Pozzo MWF F
11/21-11/26 X-ray Diffraction A. Pakhomov M M
11/28-12/02 Surface Plasmon Resonance

Lecture 1 and Lecture 2

N. Brault MW W
12/05-12/09 PCR Methodologies

Lecture 1 and Lecture 2

F. Baneyx MW W
* Lectures on W 10/5 and F 10/7 will be held in EEB403 from 2:30-3:20PM


The National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship Program provides a yearly stipend of $30,000 for 3 years to support outstanding graduate students pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF’s mission. Application packages, due on November 14, 2011, consist of three reference letters and three 2-pages long essays: a Personal Statement, a Description of Previous Research Experience, and a Proposed Plan of Research.

Although NSF fellowships are restricted to US citizens and permanent residents, the Experimental Technique class offers a unique platform to introduce all incoming graduate students to the preparation of short research proposals and to increase the number of departmental submissions to the NSF graduate fellowship program. You are therefore asked to:

• Identify a departmental faculty member whose research you are interested in within the first two weeks of the quarter.

• Make an appointment with this faculty to discuss a possible research topic (this could be one of the projects for which various professors are recruiting)

• Write a 2 pages-long Plan of Research based on your discussions. Talk about how experimental techniques introduced in class could help you achieve research goals. The write-up should be consistent with NSF requirements (8.5 x 11” page size with 1” margins on all sides, single-spaced or greater, no less than 10 point Times New Roman font size except for figure legends and references, all figures and citations included within the 2 page limit). You will need to pay special attention to broader impacts in your research plan (and personal statement if submitting an application).

• If you are eligible, we would like to encourage you to submit an application to NSF. Please, come talk to Prof. Baneyx beforehand. In this case, your 2-page proposal should be submitted for comments to Prof. Baneyx on November 7 at the latest (remember that you will also have to request reference letters and write the other 2 essays). Otherwise, proposals will be due on December 7.

• A very good page providing advice to fellowship seekers has been developed by Philip Guo's

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