what is it?
NEXTech 2018 is a program of outreach to Orange County high school students in connection with our National Science Foundation contracts.
During summer 2015 we had five outstanding high school students working together with us (See above). This brings to forty four the total number of high school students who have pursued independent research projects under the supervision of myself and senior graduate students. This web site has produced visibility for our program beyond the City of Irvine and since 2006 we have attracted students from Aliso Viejo (2), Costa Mesa, Fullerton (2), Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Santa Ana (6), Valencia (2), and Villa Park (1). The map below shows the city of origin (as a blue dot) for each of our participants.
Students engaged in our outreach program often prepare posters for presentation at the Orange County Science Fair (OCSF). These presentations have been well received and as indicated in the Table, several have been selected at OCSF for presentation at the California State Science Fair (CSSF). Irrespective of the degree of success attained by each student in the laboratory, these students have all been enthusiastic and engaged in their research, which occurs under the direct supervision of a senior graduate student in the laboratory.
Two students (Rei Wu and Swetha Kambhampati) competed in the Siemans-Westinghouse Competition (https://siemenscompetition.discoveryeducation.com). the most prestigious science competition for high school students in the U.S., and both were recognized as semifinalists. We have had a total of 44 participants to date, and of these, at least 37 of our ``alumni'' have already been accepted to, are currently attending, or have graduated from, colleges including: UC Berkeley (9 alumni), MIT (5), Caltech (3), Stanford (3), UCLA (3), Harvard (2), UCSD (2), Dartmouth (1), Upenn (1), UC Irvine (1), Union College (1), Wellesley (1), UC Davis (1), UC Merced (1), CSU Fullerton (1), Allegany College (1) (See table below for a complete list).
More about NEXTech 2018.
NEXTech 2018 will involve a 4 week course in Electrochemistry (July 9 - August 6). You will attend a laboratory series Monday through Friday for 4 hours a day, from 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm, for these four weeks. Laboratory experiments in electrochemistry will illustrate key concepts, leading to an understand of the research in the Penner lab. Over the 4 weeks you will explore the following concepts:
You'll also learn the various types of instrumentation that is used in electrochemistry to gather data such as: a potentiostat, scanning electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy,and X-ray diffraction. As well as learning laboratory skills the students will attend bi-weekly group meetings where they will learn more details about the projects that are being researched in the Penner lab. Collaboration is very important in science and these meetings will teach you how to interact with fellow lab members and how to approach difficulties in research by interacting with other scientists.
In the last week and a half of the program you will design a mini electrochemistry experiment of your own, building your ability to think independently and allowing you the opportunity to explore a particular area of electrochemistry. This will involve conceiving of an electrochemical experiment, learning the background and setup of the experiment, collecting data, and compiling this information into a presentation that will be presented on the last day of the program. Graduates are encouraged to present a poster at the Orange County Science Fair (OCSF).Still interested? Fantastic! Now, here are the...
The Coordinators of NEXTech 2018.
Leading NEXTech 2018 are two senior graduate students: Gaurav Jha is a third year student working on energy storage nanomaterials. Alana Ogata is a third year student developing biosensors for the detection of cancer in urine.
|Stephen Lantin||6/13 to 7/13 and
6/15 to 7/15
|2016||University High School, Irvine||Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes||Freshman at UC Santa Barbara, fall 2016!|
|Aurnov Chattopadhyay||6/15 to 7/15||2017||University High School, Irvine||Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes||Senior at University High, fall 2016!|
|Victoria Lee||6/15 to 7/15||2016||Fountain Valley High School||Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes||Freshman at UC Berkeley, fall 2016!|
|Kristin Vagara||6/15 to 7/15||2016||Huntington Beach High School||Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes||Freshman at Cornell, fall 2016!|
|Salvador Verduzco||6/15 to 7/15||2016||Godinez Fundamental School, Santa Ana||Nanowire-based super-capacitor electrodes||Freshman at USC, fall 2016!|
|Andrew Liu||6/14 to 7/14||2015||Oxford Academy, Cypress||Chemical sensing with nanowires||Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2016.|
|Aviva Myers||6/14 to 7/14||2015||Laguna Beach High School||Chemical sensing with nanowires||Sophomore at Stanford, fall 2016.|
|Jennifer Mendoza*||6/14 to 7/14||2015||Santa Ana High School||Chemical sensing with nanowires||Sophomore at California State University, Fullerton, fall 2016.|
|Kelly Mendoza*||6/14 to 7/14||2015||Godinez Fundamental School, Santa Ana||Chemical sensing with nanowires||Sophomore at UC Merced, fall 2016.|
|Eleni Andrikos||6/13 to 7/13||2015||Orange County School of the Arts
|Sophomore at UC Davis, fall 2016.|
|Kruthi Renduchintala||6/12 to 7/13||2015||University High School, Irvine||Light emitting nanowires.||Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2016.|
|Albert Tung||6/12 to 7/13||2014||University High School, Irvine||Virus-based Biosensing||Junior at Stanford, fall 2016.|
|Joon Hee Lee||6/13 to 7/13||2014||Arnold O. Beckman High School, Tustin||Junior at Caltech, fall 2016.|
|Kimberly Venegas*||6/13 to 7/13||2014||Santa Ana High School||A senior at Santa Ana High School, fall 2014.|
|Daisy Andres*||6/13 to 7/13||2014||Santa Ana High School||Freshman at UCLA, fall 2014.|
|Erick Andres*||6/12 to 9/12||2013||Santa Ana High School||Thermoeletric nanowires.||Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2014.|
|Deven Patel||6/12 to present||2014||Villa Park High School||Biosensing with nanowires.||Sophomore at UCLA, fall 2014.|
|Cliff Kao||6/11 to 9/11||2013||University High School, Irvine||NOx sensing with gold nanowires||2nd place, International Chemistry Olympiad, 2012! Congrats Cliff!
Sophomore at UPenn, fall 2014.
|Melissa Huang||6/11 to 9/11||2013||Foothill High School, Tustin||Biosensing using PEDOT/phage films.||Sophomore at UC Irvine, fall 2014|
|Johncarlo Menza*||6/11 to 9/11||2012||Santa Ana High School||Thermoelectric nanowires.||Freshman, Allegheny College , fall 2012.|
|Yash Desai||6/11 to 9/11||2013||University High School, Irvine||ZnO nanowires for the photolysis of water.||Sophomore at UC Berkeley, fall 2013.|
|Ashley Park||6/11 to 9/11||2013||University High School, Irvine||Biosensing using PEDOT/phage films.||Sophomore at Wellesley College, fall 2013.|
|Felicia Hsu||4/10 to 9/10||2011||Valencia High School||Silver nanowires for high sensitivity sensing.||Sophomore at MIT, fall 2012.|
|Ervin Meneses*||6/10 to 9/10||2011||Santa Ana High School||Laser thermal annealing of metal nanowires||Freshman at Union College,
Schenectady, New York, fall 2011.
|Sam Kim||9/09 to 12/09||2011||Aliso Niguel High School||Thermoelectric nanowires||Sophomore at Harvard, fall 2012.|
|Catherine Dong||6/09 to 9/09||2012||Northwood High School, Irvine||Electrodeposition of nanowires.||TBA|
|Vivek Abraham||2/09 to 8/09||2012||University High School, Irvine||Electrodeposition of nanowires.||TBA|
|Jennifer Kadowlski||5/09 to 8/09||2010||Troy High School, Fullerton||Electrodeposition of nanowires.||Junior at UCLA, fall 2012|
|Ayan Kusari||8/08 to 3/09||2011||University High School, Irvine||An Electrolytic Approach to Ocean Water Restoration||Sophomore at UCSD, fall 2012.|
|Pratiksha Thanker||8/08 to 12/08||2010||University High School, Irvine||Phage-Based Biosensing||Junior at MIT, fall 2012.|
|Chasen Stark||6/06 to 8/08||2009||University High School, Irvine||LPNE Bi Nanowire growth and characterization||Senior at USC, fall 2012.|
|Jonathan Noguchi||summer 2008||2008||Troy High School, Fullerton||Metal nanowires||Senior at Stanford University, fall 2012.|
|Aashish Varma||5/07 to 8/08||2008||Estancia High School, Costa Mesa||Hydrogen sensing with palladium nanowires||Sophomore at Cal Berkeley, fall 2012.|
|Adam Khan||4/07 to 8/08||2008||University High School, Irvine||Semiconductor nanowires||Sophomore at Caltech, fall 2012.|
|Micca Hecht||4/07 to 8/08||2008||Tarbat V'Torah, Irvine||Design of RCL nanowire circuits||Junior at MIT, fall 2012.|
|Dat Hoang||6/06 to 8/07||2007||Trabuco High School, Mission Viejo||Virus-Based Biosensing||Graduated Berkeley 2011,
grad. student at Columbia in Chemistry, fall 2012.
|Johan Hoang||8/05 to 6/06||2006||University High School, Irvine||Semiconductor Nanowires||Graduated Harvard|
|Swetha Kambhampati||10/04 to 6/06||2006||University High School, Irvine||Thermoelectric Nanowires||Swetha wins Merage American Dream Fellowship!.
Graduated MIT in 2010
|Sherwin Doroudi||6/04 to 9/04||2005||Sage Hill High School, Irvine||Metal Nanowire Etching||Graduated Caltech.|
|Trevor Granger||6/04 to 9/04||2004||Sage Hill High School, Irvine||Silver Nanowire Growth and Electrical Simulations||Graduated Dartmouth.|
|Keidi He||8/03 to 1/06||2004||University High School, Irvine||Detecting Dissolvecd Hydrogen Using Pd Nanowire Arrays||Graduated UC Berkeley, 2011.|
|Albert Linden||6/03 to 3/04||2004||University High School, Irvine||Chemical Sensing with Metal Nanowires||Graduated UC Berkeley, 2010.|
|Rui Wu||6/02 to 8/03||2003||University High School, Irvine||Electrodepositon of Iron Nanowires||Graduated MIT.|
|Jeff Chen||9/01 to 5/02||2002||University High School, Irvine||EC Synthesis of Luminescent Cadmium Sulfide Nanoparticles||Graduated UC Berkeley 2004,
CEO of Mertex Technologies.