'Stimuli Responsive Nanoparticles' - CHEM 396 Undergraduate Research Project Application Form
INSTRUCTIONS - PROFESSORS: Please print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, as applicable, from "Supervisor's Name" to "Ethics, safety, and training". Please sign and date near the bottom ("Supervisor's signature").
INSTRUCTIONS - STUDENTS: You may receive this form by email, or you may download it after it has been posted here. Either way, print and review this form. Complete or correct the sections, from "Student's Name" to "Student's Level", and sign ("Student signature"). Ask your supervisor to sign her/his section near the bottom. Take it to the department* corresponding to the course number in Section A; this may or may not be your own department. (* EXCEPTIONS: For NSCI 396 and COGS 396, please bring it to the Interdisciplinary Programs Adviser in Dawson Hall.) Do not register for a '396' course on Minerva until you receive departmental permission. Have a discussion with your supervisor about time/work expectations, keeping in mind that this is a 3-credit course (roughly, 10 hours per week for 12 weeks). Remember that a '396' course is an elective.
INSTRUCTIONS - DEPARTMENTS: After the unit chair/director/designate approves (or not) this project, please notify student. If approved, please give student permission to register on Minerva, and send a copy of this form (with signatures) to the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science (either fax, or internal mail to Dawson Hall 408-A, or PDF scan + email).
QUESTIONS OR FEEDBACK? Contact the Office for Undergraduate Research in Science.
Supervisor's Name: Linda Reven
Supervisor's Email: linda [dot] reven [at] mcgill [dot] ca
Supervisor's Phone: 514-398-8058
Supervisor's Website: http://reven-group.mcgill.ca/
Supervisor's department: Chemistry
Course number: CHEM 396 (Chemistry)
Term: Winter 2013-2014
Project start date: Monday, January 6, 2014
Project end date: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Project title: Stimuli Responsive Nanoparticles
Project description (50-100 words suggested): Metal oxide nanoparticles functionalized with two different types of pH sensitive polymer brushes will be synthesized. The goal will be to characterize the chain structure as a function of composition (ratio of the two adsorbed polymers, polymer molecular weight) and response to pH. The student will learn about colloidal and polymer properties and a wide range of characterization methods (electron microscopy, NMR, zeta potential, etc).
Prerequisite: 1 term completed at McGill + CGPA of 3.0 or higher; or permission of instructor.
Grading scheme (The final report must be worth at least 50% of final grade):
Final grade shall be based on an evaluation of laboratory performance (40%), a final written report (50%) and an oral presentation (10%) by the supervisor.
Project status: This project is taken. The professor has no more '396' projects this term.
How students can apply / Next steps: N/A; this project is filled.
Ethics, safety, and training: Supervisors are responsible for the ethics and safety compliance of undergraduate students. This project involves: Handling chemicals.