RAPID CITY, S.D. (Aug. 16, 2013) - Phil Ahrenkiel, Ph.D., professor in the nanoscience & nanoengineering program, will present a seminar to the Department of Radiation Chemistry and Physics at the Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, which is part of the University of Belgrade, Serbia.
Invited by Jovan Nedeljković, Ph.D., a research fellow in the department, Ahrenkiel first collaborated with Nedeljković at National Renewable Energy Laboratory more than 10 years ago and has maintained a steady working relationship since then.
Nedeljković, a former director of the institute, currently oversees a group mostly comprised of physical chemists who synthesize and study the properties of nanomaterials and nanocomposites. Applications of these materials include photovoltaics, efficient lighting, catalysis and antibacterial treatments.
Ahrenkiel says he plans to use this opportunity to meet with Nedeljković and his group and discuss common research interests and future efforts.
Ahrenkiel will speak on transmission electron imaging and diffraction of thin films and nanomaterials. "I hope the talk will aid in relating our capabilities and interests to grow further collaboration, which expands the opportunities and range of research topics available to my students and me."
He adds that "SDSM&T is able to perform high-resolution electron microscopy, which is not available within their research facility, on the various kinds of nanomaterials produced at Vinča. My group has benefited from the very interesting materials provided by the Vinča scientists for us to examine. These novel specimens are ideal for developing advanced characterization techniques, such as quantitative X-ray microanalysis, nanodiffraction and tomographic reconstruction, which are themselves excellent topics for graduate-student research."
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