DeCeanne presents research at Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology

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2017-08-02 10:17:31 - General

Anthony DeCeanne
Anthony DeCeanne

Coe College senior Anthony DeCeanne recently presented his research in Hawaii at the 12th Pacific Rim Conference on Ceramic and Glass Technology (PACRIM 12), which included the Glass & Optical Materials Division meeting (GOMD). The GOMD awarded DeCeanne the third-place prize for his poster talk, "Producing Amorphous Tellurium Dioxide."

The Glass & Optical Materials Division competition included 20 researchers, which primarily consisted of graduate students, with only five undergraduate students, including DeCeanne. The technical program featured five symposia organized by scientific researchers, including Fundamentals of the Glassy State, Glasses in Healthcare, Optical and Electronic Materials and Devices, Glass Technology and Crosscutting Topics, and the Professor Jacques Lucas Honorary. Sessions consisting of oral and poster presentations were led by technical leaders from industry, national laboratories and academia.

A double major in physics and mathematics, DeCeanne found his way to Coe through the college's scholarship weekend, where he had an unplanned conversation with B.D. Silliman Professor of Physics Steve Feller.

"It was Dr. Feller's selling point from the beginning that at Coe, I would receive opportunities that I wouldn't have had at a larger university," said DeCeanne. "I would have never had the opportunity to present in Hawaii if it wasn't for the work I've done at Coe, and it has opened many opportunities for me."

DeCeanne's research involved producing bulk amounts of amorphous tellurium dioxide. His goal was to understand more about why tellurium behaves the way it does, and duplicate a process that Professor Feller had previously seen in Greece. Tellurium is a conditional glass former, and only easily forms glass if other components are added to it. Therefore, DeCeanne used water-quenching to duplicate the process and improve upon it. He was able to produce enough glass to characterize it through various spectroscopies, such as Raman spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry.

"The researchers at the conference were pleased with the work I presented, because it was something rare and unique." said DeCeanne.

As his faculty supervisor for the research, Professor Feller noted that DeCeanne had all of the characteristics to ensure success.

"Anthony is a wonderful and tenacious researcher," said Feller. "He was exactly the right person to lead this research."

This summer, DeCeanne has had an internship at the Corning Glass Company in Corning, New York, through the Stookey Fellowship program. The Stookey Fellowship - named in honor of Coe alumnus and legendary glass researcher Donald Stookey - has been awarded to one Coe physics student each summer for the past decade.

At Corning, DeCeanne worked on glass-ceramics, a material comprised of both glass and crystal, which gives it unique properties. While at Corning, DeCeanne has also been trying to open up opportunities for Coe students studying biology and chemistry, because of the work Corning does outside of glass. In the future, he is hopeful that Corning can provide more Coe students with the same rewarding internship opportunities that he has experienced this summer.

After he earns his bachelor's degree at Coe next May, DeCeanne plans to enroll in graduate school.  Currently, he is in the process of searching for a graduate program and is leaning toward materials engineering. DeCeanne's career goal is to work in industry, possibly at Corning Inc.

A graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School, Anthony is the son of Anthony Sr. and Laura DeCeanne of Peoria, Illinois.

The Glass & Optical Materials Division of the American Ceramic Society focuses on the scientific research and development, application and manufacture of all types of glass, including fiber optics, the encapsulation of nuclear and hazardous wastes in glasses and the interaction of glass and ceramics in biosystems. Members of this division work with glasses in the optical, aerospace, window and electronic industries among others.

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