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  • 2016 Research Symposium Building a Culture of Transdisciplinary Research

    Opening Session (8:30-10:00): Welcome Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium

    Bob Jones, Provost Tanju Karanfil, Vice President for Research

    Jason Osborne, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School Jim Bottum, Vice Provost and Chief Information Officer

    Chris Vinson, Head of Library Technology

    Session 1 (10:00-11:30): Centers and Resources

    Watt Family Innovation Center Auditorium Ken Marcus, Moderator

    Research Compliance at Clemson Tracy Arwood; Assistant Vice President for Research Compliance & Research Safety In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the services provided by the Office of Research Compliance. This overview will include the following topics: protocol review by regulatory committees, responsible conduct of research training, investigation of research misconduct and export controls. Partner in Research-The Office of Research Safety Jim Grieger; Director of the Office of Research Safety The presentation will include an introduction to the services of the Office of Research Safety and how we support research at Clemson. We will highlight specific research projects and activities we support, how we fit in with Responsible Conduct of Research and how we are positioned to support Clemson in achieving its Strategic Planning goal of growing the research enterprise. The Office of Grants and Contracts Administration Roberta Elrod; Director of Grants and Contracts Administration The Office of Grants and Contracts Administration (GCA) provides post-award management of all awards received to fund research and oversees sponsored projects. This session is designed to remind investigators of the resources available through GCA and demonstrate what happens after an award is received. Representatives from GCA will also be available in the Atrium during lunch to answer any individual questions that may arise. Got Data. Now What? Ben Sharp and Patrick Gerard; Statistics and Mathematics Consulting Center The Statistics and Mathematics Consulting Center (SMCC) in the Department of Mathematical Sciences provides analytical assistance on a wide variety of projects across campus. It was started in 2014 to giving structure to consulting traditionally done on campus. The SMCC serves as a collaboration hub for faculty and students by bridging researchers between different disciplines on projects and providing a more direct connection to compatible

  • statisticians and mathematicians. The SMCC offers an interdisciplinary environment for collaboration and consultation in terms of statistical guidance, interpretation, and mathematical modeling. Electron Microscopy Facility Lax Saraf; Director of the Electron Microscopy Facility Clemson University Electron Microscopy Laboratory is a multi-user service and scientific user laboratory that provides instrumentation and scientific expertise for electron/ion microscopy based integrated experimental analysis resources significantly contributing in to the discovery and technological innovation needs at CU, state of South Carolina, private industries and the nation. In this presentation, new researchers at Clemson University can learn about various electron microscopes and related analytical instruments available to use. Digital Research Services at Clemson University Libraries Christopher Vinson; Head of Library Technology Emerging technologies have transformed many aspects of traditional research and scholarship. As one of the largest service and research support organizations on campus, Clemson Libraries is well positioned to help researchers navigate this new landscape with a suite of digital research services. These services are designed to make the process easier throughout the research lifecycle, from proposal to post-award. This presentation will provide an overview of how the Libraries support researchers in a variety of ways, including the creation of multimedia works, data management and storage, geospatial technologies, digital humanities, compliance with federal open access mandates, copyright consultation, and digital publishing. The Proposal Development Center Jane Jacobi & Sarah Jaeschke; Team Lead & Program Manager of the Proposal Development Center The Proposal Development Center (PDC) serves as a University-wide resource designed to identify strategic funding opportunities, expand research collaborations across colleges, and cultivate faculty grantsmanship skills. In this brief presentation, PDC staff will provide an overview of services available to Clemson University faculty. Staff will be available before and after the presentation to answer questions.

    Session 1 (10:00-11:30): Advanced Materials Watt Family Innovation Center Room 106

    Brian Powell, Moderator

    Integrated approach for the fabrication of multifunctional metal and metal oxide nanoparticles: Particles, Polymers, and Potential Thompson Mefford; Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering The groups main focus is on the synthesis, modification, and characterization of nanoscale colloids. Over the past decade there has been extended interest in the use of magnetic nanoparticles for both imaging and therapeutic applications in medicine, as well as assessing the environmental impact of metal oxides. Key to the success of these opportunities is the preparation of well-characterized materials with tailored magnetic, thermal, colloidal, and bio-interaction properties. To address these issues we have focused our efforts on three distinct areas in this problem: 1.) Nanoparticle synthesis and morphology, 2.) Surface-ligand interfaces, and 3.) Specialized surface moieties for additional imaging, therapy, and targeting. In addition to these aspects of material design, issues of colloidal stability and magnetic relaxitivity, potential of low cost nano-patterning, and issues related to the environmental transport of these functionalized materials are currently under investigation in our laboratory.

  • Li-ion battery safety mechanisms based on responsive polymers Mark Roberts; Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Due to their thermal instability, Li-ion batteries currently have a limited role in large-format applications, such as transportation and energy storage for renewable and intermittent sources. Here, I will present a new approach to achieve thermal stability based on an electrolyte system that contains a polymer designed to phase separate from solution at high temperature. The phase separation leads to a solid or gel-like polymer coating on the electrode, which increases the internal resistance and prevents current flow. This approach is advantageous over existing safety methods because the polymer phase separation is a localized process that covers hot spots where thermal failure originates, thereby preventing catastrophic failure. Advanced Solid State Ionic Materials and Devices for Energy Conversion and Storage Jianhua Joshua Tong; Associate Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Solid state ionic materials with fast ion conductivity can find versatile applications in energy devices such as fuel cells, catalytic membrane reactors, and redox cycle reactors etc. Here, the low temperature protonic ceramic fuel cells and solar thermochemical hydrogen production by water splitting will be briefly discussed. Advanced materials for electrochemical energy conversion and storage Steve Creager; Professor, Chemistry My research program is focused on the intersection of advanced materials development, chemical measurements, and device fabrication and testing, insofar as these elements relate to electrochemical energy conversion and storage technologies, e.g. with advanced batteries, fuel cells, electrolysis cells, and capacitors. We collaborate across many disciplines to synthesize a variety of new materials including polymer electrolyte membranes, mixed ionic/electronic conductors, and nanoporous catalyst supports, and we subject these materials to a wide range of chemical measurements aimed at evaluating materials properties to learn fundamental things about electrochemical materials and phenomena and to evaluate the potential utility of new materials for improving engineering devices. This lecture will cover select recent results from our research in this area. HYPR-Beads: Nanoparticle Polarization Agents for DNP-NMR Leah B. Casabianca; Assistant Professor, Chemistry Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (DNP) is used to improve the sensitivity of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy, a versatile yet insensitive characterization technique. Our group has recently developed HighlY-effective Polymer/Radical beads (HYPR-beads), which are nanoparticle polarization agents for DNP. These HYPR-beads are currently being developed as model nanoparticles for DNP-enhanced NMR studies of nanoparticle surface structure and interactions. We will present proof-of-principle results of DNP studies using HYPR-beads, with the aim of developing collaborations in the areas of nanoparticle toxicity and the structure of the nanoparticle protein corona. Computational modeling of soft matter: The toolbox for a virtual laboratory Ulf D. Schiller; Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering Computer simulation techniques have become standard tools in science and engineering that cross boundaries between traditional disciplines and help tackle challenging problems such as pharmaceutical drug discovery and design of new materials. In this presentation, I will give an overview of computational models that can capture essential details of physical, chemical, and biological processes that give rise to the properties of advanced materials. I will briefly discuss models for polymers, droplets, and cells, and present some examples to demonstrate that computer simulation


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