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This year, there are 5 research teams in the Engineering Design and Development class of the North Penn High School engineering academy.  The main research endeavors that the students are involved with are listed below.  Many of the students within these teams will also be performing various extended and supplementary experiments.  A team research section will be added to the website soon to demonstrate various images and videos of the students' research.  Please check back soon!
 

  Bio-responsive Hydrogels
  Bio-absorbable Polymers

HEALTHCARE
RESEARCH

     Cameron Benchouk  |  Connie Conboy  |  Justin Craig

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First time electrospinning polymer nanofibers!
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Preparing their first polymer.
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Preparing their first polymer.
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First chitosan solution
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Electrospinning their first solution
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New solutions
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Electrospinning silver and chitosan
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Prepared microscope slide
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Optical microscope analysis
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Antibacterial testing with Dr. Lori Dodson at North Montco Technical Career Center!
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Electrospinning to gauze - next is absorbance test...

 

  Superconducting Nanofibers
  Resistivity / Conductivity Testing

ENERGY
RESEARCH

     EJ Bevenour  |  Nicholas Pleim

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First time electrospinning polymer nanofibers!
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Programming and arduino.
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Sapphire holder for aligned nanofiber creation.
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Software design for 3D printed holder
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Initial test of holder on spinning disc
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Verifying RPM with a stroboscope while electrospinning to holders
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Aligned nanofibers
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Another view of the nanofibers
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Aligned nanofibers... SEM Image
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Aligned nanofibers... SEM Image
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Aligned nanofibers... SEM Image
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Working on the aligned nanofiber apparatus
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Working on the aligned nanofiber apparatus
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Working on the aligned nanofiber apparatus
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Working on the aligned nanofiber apparatus
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Working on the aligned nanofiber apparatus
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Nanofiber disc drawing

 

  Process Design & Development: Melt-Spinning
  Fiber Collection Methodologies
  Tensile Testing

PURE
RESEARCH

     Jacob Boyce  |  Jack Pedicone  |  Chris Sibel

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First time electrospinning polymer nanofibers!
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Initial heat tape experiment.
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Utilizing a Blue Therm Duo for monitoring thermocouple temperature.
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Working with expansion foam
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Creating insulated tubes.
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Tesing a new thermal controller
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First attempt at melt electrospinning,
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First failure with melt electrospinning
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Hot glu gun heating apparatus.
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Another attempt to create melt spun nanofibers
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Success!

 

  Electrically Conductive Nanofibers
  Process Design & Development: Wet-Spinning

ENERGY
RESEARCH

     Joe DiFeo  |  Alex Noce  |  Connor Sloan

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First time electrospinning polymer nanofibers!
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Electrifiber Research team!
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Preparing their first polymer to wetspin.
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First wet-spinning experiment.
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Wet-spinnng test
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First wet-spun fibers at North Penn High School!
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Continuing the experimentation
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Continuing the experimentation
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Continuing the experimentation - Success!
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Adjusting the parameters and running the experiments...
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Adjusting the parameters and running the experiments...
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Adjusting the parameters and running the experiments...
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Wet-spinning apparatus idea
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Wet-spinning apparatus idea
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Presenting at Philly Materials Day!
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Presenting at Philly Materials Day!
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Presenting at Philly Materials Day!
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Using the syringe pump - flow rate control
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Continuing the experimentation!
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Continuing the experimentation!
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Continuing the experimentation!
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Continuing the experimentation!
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Preparing for the scanning electron microscope!
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Loading the SEM
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Analyzing the fibers
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Wet-spun fibers
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SEM Analysis
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SEM Analysis
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SEM Analysis
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SEM Analysis
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"low resolution" electrical characterization
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Optical characterization
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More experimentation
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More experimentation
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More experimentation
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Using Valence's spin coater
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Air bubbles in fiber
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Burnt PAN fiber
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Copper PAN Composite fiber
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Copper PAN composite
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Dark field - PAN Cu Composite
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PAN
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PAN Cu
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PAN
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Necked fiber
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PAN Pedot
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PAN Pedot

 

  Solar Regeneration
  Energy Harvesting & Storage

ENERGY
RESEARCH

     Brandon Berlin  |  Rahul Pendurthi  |  Alex Pham

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First time electrospinning polymer nanofibers!.
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Preparing their first polymer.
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Brandon is soldering the uV leds and the photoresistors for their testing apparatus.
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Rahul is testing their uV apparatus
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uV apparatus
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Documenting the results
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uV apparatus
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Electrospinning Titanium Dioxide nanofibers
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Electrospinning Titanium Dioxide nanofibers
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Electrospinning Titanium Dioxide nanofibers
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Electrospinning Titanium Dioxide nanofibers
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Titanium Dioxide nanofibers on the FTO glass slide
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Titanium Dioxide nanofibers on the FTO glass slide
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Annealing the fibers in the fume hood
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All that work!  The FTO glass cracked in half due to the large temperature difference in the fume hood!
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2nd round of electrospinning
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Titanium Dioxide nanofibers
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2nd round of annealing.
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2nd round of annealing
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2nd round of annealing
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2nd round of annealing
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2nd round of annealing
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Fibers under optical microscope
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Fibers under optical microscope
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Fibers under optical microscope
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Testing the fibers in the apparatus
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Testing the fibers in the apparatus
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Documenting the results
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Philly Materials Day!
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Students presenting at Philly Materials Day
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SEM stub of Titanium Dioxide nanofibers going into the SEM
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Rahul at the SEM analyzing the Titanium Dioxide nanofibers!
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SEM Image of unannealed nanofibers
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SEM Image of unannealed nanofibers

 

  Thermal Interface Materials (NanoTIMs)

ENERGY
RESEARCH

      Student members of the NPHS EPICS club
 
Below are a few videos from the 2013-2014 school year research endeavors.  The video to the left is the final presentation offered by the students on June 4, 2014. 

2014 Philly Materials Day Images

 

Electrochromic Glass

Photochromic Nanofibers Microparticle Encapsulation Electrochromic Film
     
     

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Scanning Electron Microscopy

 
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