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Coe College Glass Research - Summer 2012

We have proposed to supplement our NSF award (DMR-0904615) to include sending 14 students to collaborating labs in the United States, Canada and Europe. The reason for this is the renovation of Coe College’s Peterson Hall of Science. The renovation is an NSF project funded by a $4.704 million grant: NSF Grant 0963113 Renovation of Coe College’s Peterson Hall of Science.

We see this as a superior opportunity to continue our research at five labs that we collaborate with:

  • Prof. Steve Martin’s glass and optical materials group at Iowa State University, Ames, IA.

  • Dr. Ivan Cornejo’s glass research group at Corning, Inc in Corning, NY.

  • Prof. Scott Kroeker’s NMR group at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

  • Prof. Diane Holland’s NMR and glass group at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK.

  • Prof. Giuseppe Dalba and Dr. Francesco Rocca’s EXAFS group at the University of Trento, Trento, Italy.

A crucial and important aspect of our research is the training of a significant number of undergraduates. We see this proposal as being part of that mission. We expect that this will strengthen these five collaborations once we are in our new building (end of August 2012).

In particular, we propose sending 14 of these students for two months in summer 2012 to:

  • Prof. Steve Martin’s group at Iowa State University, Ames, IA-2 students
    Students will work on projects such as the mixed-glass forming systems. We have already hosted ISU students making samples and density measurements at Coe on this project (led by ISU grad student Randy Christiansen and undergraduates). Mario Affatigato and Steve Feller will each visit ISU for a few days.

  • Dr. Ivan Cornejo’s glass research group at Corning, Inc in Corning, NY-6 students
    Students will work throughout glass research at Corning. We have established a track record at Corning of sending students for the past four years. This past summer two students worked there. Corning has indicated its ability to host six students. Mario and Steve will also visit for a week each to ensure that this works. Students will work on research projects with noted glass scientists such as Dr. Adam Ellison, Dr. John Mauro, and Dr. TJ Kiczenski. Dr. Ivan Cornejo, director of glass research at Corning, is coordinating the Coe placements at Corning. See attached letter. Dr. Cornejo came to Coe this summer to plan for this event.

  • Prof. Scott Kroeker’s NMR group at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada-2 students
    Coe students have been routinely visiting Scott for short periods doing 11B, 29Si NMR, and 51V MAS NMR. Two months of doing NMR on systems of mutual interest such as borovanadate and silicovanadate systems will be even more productive since training to use NMR is time intensive. Steve and Mario will visit for three days each.

  • Prof. Diane Holland’s group at the University of Warwick, Coventry, UK-2 students
    Two students will join Diane’s students in doing NMR studies of borosilicate glasses as well as rapidly quenched samples prepared at Coe. The later include rapidly quenched at Coe glassy antimony oxide as well as other related binaries, rapidly quenched at Coe glassy tellurium oxide (TeO), lead germinates, lead silicates, sample for double angle rotation NMR (DOR-NMR), and quite a bit more. We are also doing neutron scattering studies of lead germinate and silicates with Dr. Holland and Dr Alex Hannon of ISIS. This collaboration has produced 15 papers over the last decade and occurs regularly now, now we propose two months for two students. Mario will visit for 4 days in summer 2012, Steve will visit in winter 2011 (not part of this proposal). For the past decade two of Diane’s students have visited Coe each summer.

  • Prof. Giuseppe Dalba and Dr. Francesco Rocca’s group at University of Trento, Trento, Italy-2
    students
    These students will do EXAFS studies of glass structure (heavy metal oxide and vanadate glasses) at Trento using intense light facilities in Grenoble and Paris. This builds on collaborative work that yielded much data in summer 2010 (Shari Yosinski of Coe spent 7 weeks with the group at Trento). Mario will visit in summer 2012 for 4 days, Steve just visited in March 2011.

We think it best to send students in groups of at least 2 for their benefit in terms of adjustment - especially for 2 month periods.

We will have a limited number of students, perhaps 3-4 students doing research at Coe; examples
of local projects include calculational work on 10B NMR spectral fitting and using Gaussian to simulate borate glass atomic superstructural units. This proposal addresses work that will constitute the bulk of our student research for summer 2012. We want to seize this chance to strengthen our already strong collaborative efforts.