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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


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2013 2018


Polymer-nanoparticle composites (PNCs) show improved chemical and physical properties compared to pure polymers. However, nanoparticles dispersed in a polymer matrix tend to aggregate due to strong interparticle interactions. Electrospun nanofibers impregnated with nanoparticles have shown improved dispersion of nanoparticles. Currently, there are few models for quantifying dispersion in a PNC, and none for electrospun PNC fibers. A simulation model was developed to quantify the effects of nanoparticle volume loading and fiber to particle diameter ratios on the dispersion in a nanofiber. The dispersion was characterized using the interparticle distance along the fiber. Distributions of the interparticle distance were fit to ...

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Balzer, Christopher James, Mu, Bin, Armstrong, Mitchell, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

A scheme has been developed for finding the gas and temperature profiles in an environmental transmission electron microscope (ETEM), using COMSOL Multiphysics and the finite element method (FEM). This model should permit better correlation between catalyst structure and activity, by providing a more accurate understanding of gas composition than the assumption of homogeneity typically used. While more data is needed to complete the model, current progress has identified several details about the system and its ideal modeling approach. It is found that at the low pressures and flowrates of catalysis in ETEM, natural and forced convection are negligible forms of ...

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Langdon, Jayse Tanner, Crozier, Peter, Hildreth, Owen, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Rotary drums are commonly used for their high heat and mass transfer rates in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, cement, food, and other particulate products. These processes are difficult to model because the particulate behavior is governed by the process conditions such as particle size, particle size distribution, shape, composition, and operating parameters, such as fill level and rotation rate. More research on heat transfer in rotary drums will increase operating efficiency, leading to tremendous energy savings on a global scale. This study investigates the effects of drum fill level and rotation rate on the steady-state average particle bed temperature. 3 ...

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Boepple, Brandon Richard, Emady, Heather, Adepu, Manogna, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Within recent years, metal-organic frameworks, or MOF’s, have gained a lot of attention in the materials research community. These micro-porous materials are constructed of a metal oxide core and organic linkers, and have a wide-variety of applications due to their extensive material characteristic possibilities. The focus of this study is the MOF-5 material, specifically its chemical stability in air. The MOF-5 material has a large pore size of 8 Å, and aperture sizes of 15 and 12 Å. The pore size, pore functionality, and physically stable structure makes MOF-5 a desirable material. MOF-5 holds applications in gas/liquid separation, catalysis, and ...

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Anderson, Anthony David, Lin, Jerry Y.S., Ibrahim, Amr, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

The United States and most of the world is pushing to significantly reduce carbon emissions, with many countries intent on fostering carbon negative energy processes to offset ozone depletion and climate changes. 30% of the U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are generated from the combustion of fossil fuels to generate electricity1. Current commercial IGCC carbon capture processes employ a capital and operating cost intensive water-gas shift reaction facilitated by a high temperature reactor followed by a low temperature reactor and an amine absorber to separate the hydrogen and carbon dioxide streams to capture the carbon. Dr. Jerry Y.S. and his laboratory ...

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Norman, Taylor Cristine, Lin, Jerry Y.S., Meng, Lie, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

Microbial fuel cells (MFCs) promote the sustainable conversion of organic matter in black water to electrical current, enabling the production of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) while making waste water treatment energy neutral or positive. H2O2 is useful in remote locations such as U.S. military forward operating bases (FOBs) for on-site tertiary water treatment or as a medical disinfectant, among many other uses. Various carbon-based catalysts and binders for use at the cathode of a an MFC for H2O2 production are explored using linear sweep voltammetry (LSV) and rotating ring-disk electrode (RRDE) techniques. The oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) at the cathode has ...

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Stadie, Mikaela Johanna, Torres, Cesar, Popat, Sudeep, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Current wound closure technology is limited, and lacks key elements – such as the formation of an immediate seal – that could otherwise resolve some of the common and life threatening complications associated with certain surgeries. Previous research has produced nanosealants capable of providing that immediate seal through the use of laser activation with a near infrared laser. Here, we have developed a biocompatible suture utilizes the same mechanics to provide the tensile strength needed to replace or supplement existing suture lines. Laser activated tissue integrating sutures (LATIS), are shown to have 75% of the tensile strength of commercially available ...

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Chang, Andy, Rege, Kaushal, Goklany, Sheba, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Monodispersed zwitterionic microgel (ZI-MG) particles that undergo an extensive, reversible change in volume in response to environmental stimuli such as pH and temperature were synthesized. These aqueous ZI-MG dispersions exhibited a minimum hydrodynamic diameter value at an adjustable isoelectric point(IEP). In addition, the study elucidates the controlled uptake and release of ionic and nonionic surfactants from these particle systems. The extent of surfactant loading and the ensuing relative swelling/deswelling behaviors within the colloidal polymer networks are explained in terms of their binding interactions.

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Kelley, Morgan Taylor, Dai, Lenore L., Chen, Haobo, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

This research addresses the need for improvement in radiation sensors for applications of ionizing radiation such as radiotherapy. The current sensors involved are polymer gel dosimeters, MOSFETs, radio-chromic films, etc. Most of the sensors involved require expensive equipment’s and processing facilities for readout. There is still a need to develop better sensors that can be clinically applied. There are numerous groups around the world trying to conceive a better dosimeter. One of the radiation sensors that was developed recently was based on fluorescence signal emitted from the sensor. To advance the field of radiation sensors, a visual indicator has been ...

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Gupta, Saumya, Rege, Kaushal, Pushpavanam, Karthik, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

The removal of support material from metal 3D printed objects is a laborious necessity for the post-processing of powder bed fusion printing (PBF). Supports are typically mechanically removed by machining techniques. Sacrificial supports are necessary in PBF printing to relieve thermal stresses and support overhanging parts often resulting in the inclusion of supports in regions of the part that are not easily accessed by mechanical removal methods. Recent innovations in PBF support removal include dissolvable metal supports through an electrochemical etching process. Dissolvable PBF supports have the potential to significantly reduce the costs and time associated with traditional support removal. ...

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Abranovic, Brandon, Hildreth, Owen, Torres, Cesar, et al.
Created Date
2018-05