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Thursday, 9 Feb

CCI Cybermeeting - Cancelled
01:00 PM to 02:00 PM, February 9, 2017


Educational Opportunities for Students

Solar Energy Activity Lab (SEAL), a distributed combinatorial solar materials discovery program, employs 64 pulsed LEDs to screen an 8x8 array of materials for photoelectrochemical activity. The SEAL program offers high school and college students the opportunity to participate in scientific research aimed at discovering new materials with photoelectrochemical water-splitting activity. Students upload their results to a searchable online database allowing them to compare their results with others. The most promising hits from the SEAL program can become targets for further investigation by CCI Solar researchers. An annual Southern California Solar Army/SEAL Convention is held at Caltech. The Seal program has aprroximately 70 sites located throughout North America, Euope and Africa. Visit theSEAL website for more information.

Juice From Juice: A Workshop on Solar Energy for Teachers
We offer day-long workshops for science teachers who want to add some excitement and depth to their lessons. Participants learn to make their own dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC), and practice three different lesson plans -- chemistry, physics and biology. Everyone takes home a valuable materials kits with all the supplies needed to teach 30 students. In addition, they are entitled to follow-up from the Caltech researchers who teach the workshop. It's a fun, intense day with lots of rewarding outcomes. 
Juice from Juice DSSC Kits now available for purchase from Arbor Scientific

Heterogeneous Anodes Rapidly Perused for Oxygen Overpotential Neutralization (HARPOON).

CCI is developing a variant of the SEAL program aimed at combinatorial screening of materials with electrochemical water oxidation activity. In this approach, an array of metal oxides is deposited on a conducting glass substrate. A stainless steel mesh coated with a commercially available O2-sensitive fluorophore is placed just above the array and both, along with a counter electrode, are immersed in an electrolyte. The conducting glass electrode is biased anodically, the O2-sensing mesh is illuminated (400 nm), and a digital camera records the fluorescence of the O2-sensitive dye to identify potential electrocatalysts.32 The HARPOON apparatus is undergoing beta-testing with undergraduates at UW-Madison and UW-Oshkosh. The HARPOONproject will then be expanded to include 2-4 external institutions chosen from successful SEALsites. HARPOON development will be coordinated with the SEAL program to ensure array compatibility and create the opportunity for the two platforms to be used together.

The Solar Hydrogen Activity Research Kit (SHArK) Project initiated by Dr. Bruce Parkinson at the University of Wyoming was established in 2008. This project provides a unique approach to learning chemistry that engages young people by participating in actual research to help solve the global energy problem. The goal of this project is to find a metal oxide semiconductor material that can split water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight.  Visit the SHArK page on this website to see the project in action.

Caltech Pre-College Science Initiative



Dr. Carlson's Science Theater