Chemistry of Hypergolic Mixtures – Dr. John Goodpaster
Hypergolic mixtures consist of an oxidizer and fuel that ignites spontaneously and reacts violently, releasing a large amount of gas and heat. Such mixtures have legitimate uses, such as in rocket fuel. However, they can also be used illegally as improvised incendiary mixtures. Several different hypergolic mixtures will be demonstrated and we will discuss the chemical reactions they undergo.
Preparation of Fluorescent Proteins – Dr. Michael McLeish
Fluorescently tagged proteins are easy to detect and are being used for tracking. This experiment will show expression and purification of fluorescent proteins. Use colors to demonstrate how small changes in primary sequence can change the optical properties of a protein. Such a small change could relate to hereditary diseases. This module will also discuss enzyme assays when possible.
Synthesis of Fluorescent Nanomaterials – Dr. Rajesh Sardar
Nanomaterials promising applications due to their interesting optical properties and in this module, green and red light emitting CsPbBr3 nanoparticles will be synthesized. The light emitting properties of these particle will be examined in polyurethane matrix using LED light source. The light-emitting properties will be explained and correlated with current quantum dot-based LED TVs. Time permitting, students will observe the synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles producing red and yellow colors, respectively. Such materials can be used for sensor applications for characterizations of pesticides in fruits and vegetables.