Tanouir Aloui Wins Second Place at Duke's Energy Week
On November 6th, Tanouir Aloui, Kat Horvath, and Raul Vyas participated in Duke's Energy Week Student Research Poster Competition. Dozens of students from various school presented their research as it pertained to energy applications. Tanouir Aloui won second place for her poster on "Evaluation of Aperture Materials for Coded Apertures Used in a Portable Cycloidal Miniature Mass Spectrometer." Congratulations Tanouir!
NTFL Presents at Carolina Science Symposium
On November 8th, for the third consecutive year, NTFL sent students to attend the Carolina Science Symposium. The symposium highlights research completed at Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina A&T State University. This year, Tanouir Aloui, Kat Horvath, Elettra Piacentino, and Raul Vyas attended the symposium and presented on research relating to the design and operation of the coded aperture miniature mass spectrometer (CAMMS). For the second year in a row, Kat Horvath brought home the third place prize for her poster entitled "Designing a Coded Aperture Cycloidial Mass Analyzer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracers." Congratulations to Kat!
Kat Horvath Wins First Place for Presentation at ECE Retreat
At the annual Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Retreat, Ph.D. Student Kat Horvath presented on her work entitled "Designing a Coded Aperture Cycloidal Mass Analyzer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracers." This presentation won her first place amongst the students who presented along with $1,500 in prize money. Congratulations to Kat!
NTFL Students Attend ECE Department Retreat
In September 2019, graduate students Tanouir Aloui, Kat Horvath, Mariana Vasquez, and Raul Vyas attended the annual Electrical and Computer Engineering Department Retreat in Wrightsville Beach, NC. Students spent time getting to know others in the department, swimming, surfing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, along with presenting and discussing their research. Kat Horvath and Mariana Vasquez gave oral presentations and Raul Vyas presented a poster.
NFTL Attends 2019 HEMS Meeting
Five members of the NTFL attended the 2019 Harsh Environment Mass Spectrometry (HEMS) Workshop in September 2019 in Myrtle Beach, SC. The group presented on research related to the coded aperture miniature mass spectrometer (CAMMS) and connected with other researchers working on novel mass spectrometer designs and applications. Prof. Amsden presented on the "Use of Computational Sensing Techniques to Improve the Performance of Mass Spectrometers in Harsh Environment," Tanouir Aloui (Student Award Winner) presented on "Evaluation of Aperture Materials for Coded Apertures used in a Portable Cycloidal Miniature Mass Spectrometer," Kat Horvath (Student Award Winner) presented on "Designing a Coded Aperture Cycloidal Mass Analyzer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracers," and Raul Vyas presented on "A Comparison of Thermionic Filament and Carbon Nanotube Field Emitter Array-based Ion Sources in Coded Aperture Miniature Mass Spectrometers." Visit the HEMS Workshop archive https://www.hems-workshop.org/13thWS/13thWS.html
NTFL Attends 2019 ASMS Conference
The mass spectrometry research team including: Dr. Jason Amsden, Tanouir Aloui, Kat Horvath, and Raul Vyas attended the 67th annual conference on Mass Spectrometry and Allied Topics in Atlanta, GA. Kat Horvath presented on her work on "Designing a Magnetic Sector for a Cycloidal Mass Analyzer in a Miniature Mass Spectrometer" as part of the Instrumentation: Portable and Transportable Mass Spectrometers section. Raul Vyas presented a poster about his research on "Improving the Aperture Image Uniformity of a Coded-Aperture Cycloidal Mass Spectrometer."
Alumni Jimmy Thostensen Awarded Outstanding Dissertation Award
Recent graduate from the NTFL lab, James (Jimmy) Thostensen, PhD, is one of two winners this year for the Pratt Engineering School’s 2019 Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Outstanding Dissertation Awards. Jimmy received the award for his research on making electrochemical wastewater disinfection more energy efficient under the project goals of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge. Congratulations to Jimmmy!
Mariana Vasquez Completes Qualifying Exam
Congratulations to Mariana Vasquez, who successfully completed her qualifying exam on, "Field-driven Odor Mitigation in Sanitation Facilities." Congratulations to Mariana on this milestone as she moves one step closer to completing her Ph.D.!
NTFL takes home prizes at Carolina Science Symposium
On Friday, November 9th graduate students Kat Horvath and Raul Vyas presented posters the annual Carolina Science Symposium for the second year in a row. Kat presented research on "Designing a Cycloidal Mass Analyzer to Detect Perfluorocarbon Tracers for Environmental Sensing" and Raul presented on the "Effect of PMMA Encapsulation on Noise Reduction in Carbon Nanotube Field Emission." Kat took home third place for her poster presentation. The Carolina Science Symposium is sponsored by the American Vacuum Society and RTNN. The symposium highlights research completed at Duke University, North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina, and North Carolina A&T State University.
Miniature Mass Spectrometer Demonstration for Visitor from Nucletron Technologies
Last week, the NTFL had the pleasure of hosting visitor Robert Tittl from the German company Nucletron Technologies for a tour of the lab and a demonstration of the miniature mass spectrometer. Mr. Tittl is a technology sales managing director for Nucletron Technologies and is interested in the capabilities of the ARPA-E mass spectrometer prototype. The picture shows graduate students, PI's, and our visitor crowded around the prototype, discussing the future of the miniature mass spectrometer technology.