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Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research

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The Idaho Conference on Undergraduate Research (ICUR) is a multifaceted, multicultural event held every summer on campus at Boise State University. The ICUR makes research accessible, interactive, and fun for students and participants. Undergraduate students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines gather to present the results of their original research in poster presentations to faculty, the public, and their peers from across the country. This high intensity two-day event also focuses on integrating educators to promote student learning in K-12 and higher education.

Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Materials for Energy and Sustainability participants look forward to presenting their summer research at the ICUR each year. This is the first opportunity for many undergraduate students to present their work in a professional setting. Presenting at the ICUR allows students to gain experience participating in a comprehensive scientific conference. Students fine-tune their presentation skills, network with the scientific community, and attend professional development workshops.

2019 REU in Materials for Society Participant Posters

Poster TitleStudents and FacultyDownload Poster
Bottom-Up Synthesis of Nickel and Copper Nanoparticle Ink for Aerosol Jet PrintingAlexis Quick, Nicholas McKibben, David EstradaPoster by Alexis Quick
Phase Field Modeling of the Tetragonal-to-Monoclinic Phase Transformation in ZirconiaMatthew Trappett, Morgan Diefendorf, Mahmood MamivandPoster by Matt Trappett
Structural Distortions of Perovskite Ceramics Can Be Accurately Predicted Using Only Published Ionic-Radius DataOlivia Wander, Evan Smith, Rick UbicPoster by Olivia Wander
First-Principles Study for ALD of MoS2Sean Martin, Matthew Lawson, Lan LiPoster by Sean Martin
Making Gems in MinutesZoe Hern, Ali Mustafa, Brent Johnston, Peter MüllnerPoster by Zoe Hern
Intergrowth Structural Cathode MaterialsMalia Dustin, Julie Pipkin, Eric Gabriel, Yingying Xie, Claire XiongPoster by Malia Dustin
Black Phosphorus Synthesis and Exfoliation via Ball MillingKeaton M. Turney, Samuel Pedersen, Chad Husko, Josh Wood, David Estrada, Brian JaquesPoster by Keaton Turney
Additive Manufacturing of Magnetostrictive Cobalt Ferrite Thin Films for Structural Energy HarvestingKailey Blair, Zhangxian (Dan) Dengposter by Kailey Blair
Our Simulations Show How Organic Molecules Arrange Themselves in Solar Cell Materials. It’s a Mess, but It’s Efficient.Mia Klopfenstein, Cecily Martin, Nathanael Schwindt, Evan Miller, Matthew Jones, Eric Jankowskiposter by Ellie Martin and Nate Schwindt
Multimodal Characterization and Testing of Heat-Reflective Coatings to Mitigate the Urban Heat IslandMolly Vitale-Sullivan, Aidin Golrokh, Yang Luposter by Molly Vitale-Sullivan

2018 REU in Materials for Society Participant Posters

Poster TitleStudents and FacultyDownload Poster
Magnetomechanics of Magnetic Shape Memory MicropumpsAnnika Thomas, Sierra Sandison, Andrew Armstrong, P. MullnerPoster by Annika Thomas
Additive Manufacturing of Nanomaterial Based Sensors for Extreme EnvironmentsCasey Cornwell, Twinkle Pandhi, Kiyo Fujimoto, Harish Subbaraman, David EstradaPoster by Casey Cornwell
Empirical Modeling of B-site Ordered PerovskitesClaire Adams, Evan Smith, Rick UbicPoster by Claire Adams
Phase Field Modeling of Martensitic Phase Transformation in NitinolEric Rivera, Mahmood MamivandPoster by Eric Rivera
Transverse Rupture Strength of CeO2 as a Surrogate Nuclear FuelJayson G. Foster, Adrianna E. Lupercio, Brian J. JaquesPoster by Jayson Foster
Nanoporous Niobium Oxide as an Anode for Na-ion BatteriesSam Frisone, Pete Barnes, Kiev Dixon, Hui (Claire) XiongPoster by Sam Frisone
Molecular Simulations of Organic Semiconductors for Clean Energy ProductionSamantha Chesser, Ramon Mendoza, Mia Klopfenstein, Mike Henry, Evan Miller, Matthew Jones, Eric JankowskiPoster by Samantha Chesser and Ramon Mendoza
Two-Dimensional Electronic Materials: Transition Metal
Dichalcogenides (TMD)
Sven Marnauzs, Matthew Lawson, Lan Liposter by Sven Marnauzs
Heat-Reflective Coating for Reduction of Urban Heat IslandNicholas W. Moore, Aidin J. Golrokh, Yang Luposter by Nick Moore

2017 REU in Materials for Society Participant Posters

Poster TitleStudents and FacultyDownload Poster
Expanding Empirical Models of PerovskitesChris Hancock, Evan Smith, Dr. Rick UbicResearch Poster - Chris Hancock
Examining the Effects of Phosphazene Additives in Electrolytes for Sodium Ion BatteriesDevin T. Krasowski, Kassiopeia Smith, Andreas Savva, Dr. Claire XiongResearch Poster - Devin Krasowski
Hybrid Perovskite Solar CellsErik Nordquist, Brad Kinney, Dr. Rick Ubic Research Poster - Erik Nordquist
Two-Dimensional Transition Metal
Dichalcogenides (2D-TMDs) Studies via Computer Calculations
Ian Rivera-Colón, Matthew Lawson,
Dr. Lan Li
Research Poster - Ian Rivera
Fabrication and Characterization of Uranium-based Nuclear FuelsJoshua Winger, Jennifer Watkins, Brian J. JaquesResearch Poster - Josh Winger
Computational Modeling of 2D Transition Metal Dichalcogenides by Atomic Layer DepositionJoy Sigurdson, Matthew Larson, Saida Razaee, Dr. Elton Graugnard, Dr. Lan LiResearch Poster - Joy Sigurdson
Improving Spatial Resolution of Induced Positron Annihilation Powder River Basin Graphene InksKatarzyna Lewandowska, Michael Seas, Twinkle Pandhi, Ashita Chandnani, Harish Subbaraman,
Patrick Johnson,
David Estrada (Mentor)
Research Poster - Kat Lewandowska
High-throughput molecular simulations into the morphology of P3HT:PCBM blendsPaul Chery, Kyle Miller, Evan Miller, Dr. Eric JankowskiResearch poster - Paul Chery and Kyle Miller
mpact of Micro-Peening on the Surface of Ni-Mn-GaP. Plaskonos, A. Armstrong, Dr. Peter MüllnerResearch Poster - Paige Plaskonos

2016 REU in Materials for Energy and Sustainability Participant Posters

Poster TitleStudents and FacultyDownload Poster
Determining the Effects of Charge on Perylene Morphology Using Molecular DynamicsVincent Greenholt, Mitchell Leibowitz, Dr. Eric JankowskiVincent Greenholt
TiO2 Coatings Formed by Atomic Layer Deposition for Enhanced Corrosion Performance of Mg-biomaterialsSteve Johns, William Crow, Jesse Schimpf, Paul H Davis, Elton Graugnard, Michael F. Hurley Steven Johns
Conductive Effects of Aluminum-doped Zinc Oxide in Lead-halide Perovskite Solar Cells Natalie Linnell Schwab, Kelly Schutt, Brad Kinney, Dr. Rick Ubic Natalie Schwab
Atmospheric Impacts in a Semi-Arid ClimateKelsey Martin,
Dr. Sondra Miller (Mentor)
Kelsey Martin
Analyzing Electrolyte Degradation via Chemical, Thermal, and Electrochemical Methods Jack Lewis, Pete Barnes, Dr. Claire (Hui) XiongJohn Lewis
Optimal Surface Preparation in Ni-Mn-Ga Alloy Through Micro-PeeningE. Frank, L. Johnston, A. Armstrong, T. Hobza, P. Lindquist, P. Müllner Eric Frank
Improving Spatial Resolution of Induced Positron Annihilation Spectroscopy for Defect Characterization in Irradiated LayersDevin Batkiewicz, Erik Oaas, Steve Laney, Janelle WarryDevin Batkiewicz
Processing and Characterization of Inkjet-Printed Silver and Carbon Nanotube Features Conor S. Perry, Kurtis D. CantleyConor Perry
Mechanochemical Synthesis and Characterization of Cerium SulfideBenjamin Robles, Brian J. Jaques, Ph.D., Gordon A. Alanko, Ph.D., Darryl P. Butt, Ph.D. Ben Robles
Energy Efficient HVAC Design in Residential BuildingsAnna Chang, Stephen Thomas, Dr. Yang LuAnna Chang
Hydrothermal Synthesis of Titanate Nanotubes for use as Anode Materials in Sodium-Ion BatteriesAinsley St. Clair, Kassiopeia Smith, Hui XiongAinsley St. Clair

2015 REU in Materials for Energy and Sustainability Participant Posters

Poster TitleStudents and FacultyDownload Poster
The Synthesis of Titanium(IV) Oxide Nanotubes via Hydrothermal Process for use as Anode Material in Sodium-Ion Batteries
Amaris Rodriguez
Michael Dahl
Kassiopeia Smith
Dr. Hui Xiong
Amaris Rodriguez
Oxide-Coated Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes in Sodium-Ion Batteries
Andreas Savva
Kassiopeia Smith
Steven Letourneau
Dr. Elton Graugnard
Dr. Hui Xiong
Andreas Savva
In Solution Stacking of Two-Dimensional FlakesBenjamin Knipfer
Dale Brown
Dr. David Estrada
PowerPoint Presentation- Ben Knipfer
The Impact of Weather Events on Local Air QualityChelsea Walther
Dr. Sondra Miller
Chelsea Walther
Characterizing Half–Heusler Thermoelectric Unicouple PropertiesEmily Johnson
Nicholas Kempf
Dr. Yanliang Zhang
Emily Johnson
Towards Efficiency Improvements in Non-toxic Perovskite Solar CellsGabriel Hanson
Kelly Schutt
Steven Letourneau
Dr. Rick Ubic
Dr. Elton Graugnard
PowerPoint Presentation - Gabriel-Hanson
Atomic Layer Deposition on Magnesium Alloys to Inhibit Corrosion

Jonathan Chen
Griffith Allen
Steven Letourneau
Dr. Michael F. Hurley
Dr. Elton Graugnard
Jonathan Chen
First-Principles Studies of Perovskite Compounds for Thermoelectric ApplicationsPenelope Ackerman
Tim Hachigian
Izaak Williamson
Dr. Lan Li
Template For Scientific Poster Presentation
Preparations for Hydrothermal Corrosion of Uranium Nitride Composite FuelsThomas Braine
Dr. Brian J. Jaques
Jennifer Watkins
Dr. Darryl P. Butt
PowerPoint Presentation - Tom-Braine
Performance of a Magnetic Shape Memory Micropump
Yueli Chen
Sam Barker
Dr. Peter Müllner
Yueli Chen

2014 REU in Materials for Energy and Sustainability Participant Posters

Poster TitleStudents and FacultyDownload Poster
Synthesis and Polymerization of Novel Doubly-Polymerizable Thiophenes and Thiophene Substituted-Norbornenyl Monomers for Their Use in Photovoltaic CellsKareha Agesa
Pete Barnes
Dr. Don Warner
Synthesis and Polymerization
What’s In The Air That You Breathe?Shelby Elkins
Dawn Estrella
Dr. George Murgel
Dr. Sondra Miller
What’s In The Air That You Breathe?
Synthesis of Model Compounds that Mimic the Primary and Secondary Coordination Sphere of Carbonic AnhydraseMartin Garcia Chavez
Ian Shaw
Jeff Barlow
Dr. Eric C. Brown
Synthesis of Model Compounds
The Fundamental Interactions of 2D
Nanomaterial Powders and Surfactants
Curtis Heishman
Richard Livingston
Dale Brown
Dr. David Estrada
The Fundamental Interactions
Materials by Design : Structures and Thermoelectric Properties of Skutterudite Co4Sb12-2XTeXGeXLogan Her
Izaak Williamson
Dr. Lan Li
Materials by Design
Determining an Electropolish Procedure for Ni₂MnGa AlloysAnneliese E. Laskowski
Nikole J. Kucza
Dr. Paul Lindquist
Dr. Peter Müllner
Determining an Electropolish Procedure
Investigation on Instruments and Measurement Techniques for the
Thermoelectric Properties of Materials
Dwencel John Mamayson
Tony V. Varghese
Dr. Yanliang Zhang
Andrew Wilson
Dr. Don Plumlee
Jacob Davlin
Investigation on Instruments and Measurement Techniques
Atomic Layer Deposition on Titania Nanotube Electrodes for Sodium-Ion BatteriesMichael A. Reinisch
Aaron Forde
Griffith Allen
Steven Letou rneau
Riley Parrish
Dr. Hui (Claire) Xiong
Dr. Elton Graugnard
Atomic Layer Deposition
Mechanical Properties of Silicon Carbide Micro-FibersAlexander J. Wirtz
Dr. Brian J. Jaques
Dr. Darryl P. Butt
Mechanical Properties of Silicon Carbide Micro-Fibers
Synthesis of Amorphous Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes as Anode for
Sodium-Ion Batteries
Aaron Forde
Michael Reinisch
Riley Parrish
Dr. Hui (Claire) Xiong
Synthesis of Amorphous Titanium Dioxide Nanotubes