High School Intern Prepares Micro-Nanostructured Metals

Catherine Cook, a high school senior at Tuscaloosa Academy carried out research in the summer of 2007 as a Nanoscience and Engineering Intern working with graduate student Jason Manning and middle school teachers Brenda O’Neil and Leigh McKenzie. Catherine formed both microstructures and nanostructures using surfactant/oil/water mixtures as template. The combination of micro and nanostructure produces very high surface areas which are of interest for applications such as supercapacitors and separations. This work was recently accepted for publication in the Proceedings of the Materials Research Society, and was presented by Catherine at the Southeast Regional American Chemical Society in Greenville SC in October 2007.