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Research Spotlight: Halmos Chemistry Major Conducts Summer Research Project in Oregon

Halmos Chemistry Major Ava Pasnon is third from right.

Halmos Chemistry Major Ava Pasnon is third from right.

This summer Halmos College chemistry major Ava Pasnon spent 10 weeks at the University of Oregon as part of NSU’s Research Experience for Undergraduate Students. While there, she worked with the research group headed by George Nazin, Ph.D. This group investigates the connection between the chemical structure and properties of nanoscale materials and devices. This is done by developing scanning probe techniques for atomic-resolution spectroscopic studies of physics and chemistry in molecular and nanoscale materials.

Ava’s research was entitled, “Observing double barrier tunneling junction phenomena in semiconducting quantum dots using scanning tunneling microscopy”. She said, “This was a really great experience. I was placed in what was basically a physics lab and had to mentally process concepts from quantum mechanics that were completely new to me. I am really grateful for an experience I would have never gotten otherwise. I feel I have emerged a better scientist.”