BU MRS Student Chapter Participates in 2015 MRS Fall Meeting

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Members of the BU MRS Student Chapter entered the MRS T-shirt contest at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting that was held Nov. 30-Dec 4th at the Hynes Convention Center, Boston.  Pictured  (left to right): Scott Gillard, Tom Stark, Erin Roberts. The MRS Reception was sponsored by the BU Division of Materials Science & Engineering, Department of Physics and the BU Nanotechnology Innovation Center. Photo Credit: Tom Stark

MSE graduate students also presented the following posters at the 2015 MRS Fall Meeting:
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Title: Thermal conduction with phase change in a cylindrical liquid-solid two phase system under non-axisymmetric condition
Authors: Jicheng Guo, Mustafa Ordu, James Bird, Soumendra Basu,
Abstract: The melting dynamics of a phase change material (PCM) under non-axisymmetric condition appear qualitatively similar to the evaporation of a drop under Leidenfrost conditions, as both features a thin liquid/vapor layer between PCM and hot surface. However, the extent of the analogy is unclear. Here, we investigate the melting dynamics of PCM in thin-walled cylindrical containers. Through a combination of experiments and physical modeling, we identify a characteristic melting time and gap thickness, which we compare to evaporating droplets.
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Title: Development of Transparent Electrodynamic Screens on Ultrathin Flexible Glass Film Substrates for Retrofitting Solar Panels and Mirrors for Self-Cleaning Function
Authors: M. K. Mazumder1, J. W. Stark1, C. Heiling1, M. Liu1, A. Bernard1, M. N. Horenstein1, S. Garner2, and H. Y. Lin3
1Boston University, Boston, MA 2Corning Inc., Corning. N.Y.3Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan
Abstract: Design and construction of transparent electrodynamic screens(EDS) printed on ultra thin(100μm) flexible Corning®WillowTM glass film for retrofitting on solar mirrors and panels providing self-cleaning function are presented. Large-scale solarplants installed in semi-arid and desert lands can be shielded by EDS from dust layer build upon solar collectors, which cause major energy-yield loss[1,2]. Cost-effective printing of transparent conductive electrodes is discussed.
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Title: Electrophoretically Deposited Spinel Coatings on Crofer 22 APU Interconnect in Solid Oxide Fuel Cells
Authors: Zhihao Sun, Ryan EriksenYiwen Gong, Ruofan Wang, Srikanth Gopalan, Uday Pal, Soumendra Basu
Abstract: The application of a protective coating on metallic interconnects is an effective way to prevent Cr-poisoning of solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) cathod. In this study, nano-sized powders of copper manganese spinels (Cu1.3Mn1.7O4) were synthesized by glycine nitrate combustion process (GNP) and then were ball-milled and deposited on Crofer 22 APU by electrophoretic deposition (EPD).  After subsequent heat treatment, a dense and well-adhered coating  layer was achieved.