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“MATERIALS OF THE UNIVERSE” SEMINAR COURSE

CHM 501

The seminar's aim is to bring together chemists, physicists, planetary scientists, and engineers to engage in discussion of the role of thermodynamics, particularly of solid materials, in chemistry, physics, materials science, planetary science, and space exploration.

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STUDENT RESOURCES

  • Letters of Recommendation

  • Contact Me​

SPRING 2022 CHM 501

DESCRIPTION

The School of Molecular Sciences is continuing this 501-seminar series that is focusing on the Materials of the Universe (MotU), reflecting the new initiative and Center for Materials of the Universe started in 2019 at ASU.  The seminar's aim is to bring together chemists, physicists, planetary scientists, and engineers to engage in discussion of the role of extreme conditions in chemistry, physics, materials science, planetary science and space exploration. This year's course will cover an overview of extreme environments in the universe, including ultra-high and ultra-low temperature and pressure, radiation fields, and other non-equilibrium conditions. We will consider the staggering diversity of planets in our solar system and beyond from the point of view of composition, pressure, and temperature, and discuss materials stability, compatibility, and corrosion under extreme environments. Navrotsky will discuss the fundamentals and we will bring in bring in speakers, drawing upon ASU faculty and some external visitors, to discuss their research at a level appropriate to beginning graduate students.

Speakers

January 14th - Overview of FORCE

Alex Navrotsky and Kurt Leinenweber

January 21st - High P and planets

Alex Navrotsky

January 28th - Material physics in the diamond anvil cell. lab tour

Dan Shim

February 4th - Mechanisms of mantle phase transitions using multi-anvil experiments and electron microscopy

Tom Sharp

February 11th - Computations for high T and P materials

Qijun Hong

February 18th - How high pressure experiments are done and tour of high pressure lab

Kurt Leinenweber

February 25th - Radiation as an extreme condition

Maik Kurt Lang

March 4th - Mantle core interactions

Jiuhua Chen

March 11th - Spring Break!

March 18th - High pressure neutron diffraction

Hongwu Xu

March 25th - Stress, strain, and deformation in the diamond anvil cell

Ben Brugman

April 1st - High temperature diffraction

Sergey Ushakov

April 8th - Materials at extreme conditions

David Lipke

April 15th - Enzymes at kilobar pressures

Jim Lyons

April 22nd - Physical properties of ceramics at high T

Bill Fahrenholtz

April 29th - Breaking news and summary

Alex Navrotsky

PAST CLASSES

SPRING 2021 CHM 501

DESCRIPTION

Students will be required to attend all the seminars and write 2-3 page reports on two of them and work one detailed thermodynamic  problem chosen from several on a problem set. Some visits to appropriate laboratories and facilities may be arranged, COVID permitting. Adaptive/Active learning system used. Junior/senior undergraduates in any science or engineering department are welcome to request admission to this class, as well as graduate students in any discipline.

Speakers

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

February 5th - Calorimetry

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Kristina Lilova (SMS)

March 26th - CALPHAD modeling: Challenges and urgent need for experimental data

Alexandra Khvan (National University of Science and Technology "MISIS", Moscow Russia)

April 2nd - Thermodynamics of rocket engines

Shea Ferring (Firefly Aerospace Inc.)

April 9th - Thermodynamic modeling of aqueous systems with applications to materials processing

Andre Anderko (OLI Systems Inc.)

April 16th - Most of the universe is uncontained – what are the implications?

Rick Weber (Materials Development Inc.)

April 23rd - Organic molecules and zeolite crystallization

Stacey Zones (Chevron Inc.)

SPRING 2020: CHM 501

Speakers with video

January 17th - Materials of the Universe

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE)

Cayman Unterborn (SESE)

January 31st - Early Solar System History Revealed by Meteoritic Materials

Meenakshi Wadhwa (SESE)

Candace Chan (SEMTE)

Don Seo (SMS)

February 21st - Hydrogen MOTU

Dan Shim (SESE)

February 28th - Atomically Precise Materials

Scott Sayres (SMS)

Jake McMurray (Oak Ridge Nat Lab)

Brian Woodfield (BYU)

James Lyons (SESE)

Rick Hervig (SESE)

Everett Shock (SESE)

Alex Navrotsky (SMS and SEMTE

April 24th - Computational Materials Discovery and Design

Arunima Singh (Physics)

STUDENT RESOURCES

Letter of Recommendation

If you would like to request a letter of recommendation from Professor Navrotsky, please send an email with the following information at least two weeks prior to the submission deadline:​​

  • Current position and position/program to which you are applying

  • Letter-writing guidelines, any related links, and due date

  • A draft of the letter is always welcome

  • Address to which letter should be sent upon completion

  • Your name, CV/resume, how you know Prof. Navrotsky

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