- Research Program Mentor
PhD Doctor of Philosophy candidate
Materials Science and Engineering
Build a DIY AFM
I should start off by saying this porject would cost money, presumably around $1500. It is also fairly ambitious and would require a decent amount of time, which is why I am listing it as a second project idea. If a student is interested in this and has experience with electronics, I would be willing to apply for funding from external sources for this. This project has been done by other high school students before. Materials for the low cost AFM are: 1. OPU disassembled from a DVD ROM 2. Piezo speakers 3. Signal connector 4. Precision screws 5. Circuit boards 6. AFM probes The tools needed are: 1. A soldering iron 2. Solder 3. Quick-dry adhesive 4. Epoxy 5. Magnets 6. Screw driver. For more information I've included the following sources: 1. https://www.nanoandmore.com/what-is-atomic-force-microscopy 2. Grey, F. Creativity unleashed. Nature Nanotech 10, 480 (2015). https://doi-org.prox.lib.ncsu.edu/10.1038/nnano.2015.95 3. https://www.instructables.com/A-Low-Cost-Atomic-Force-Microscope-%E4%BD%8E%E6%88%90%E6%9C%AC%E5%8E%9F%E5%AD%90%E5%8A%9B%E9%A1%AF%E5%BE%AE%E9%8F%A1/
Is "scientific research" relevant to what we use in our daily lives?
This would be a research paper looking at how science is used in our communities. How are new scientific findings disseminated to the public? What is the relationship between public use and public funding for science. Should scientific data be made fully transparent? (ie, should scientists be required to disclose all their data in an experiment?)