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Grazing Incidence X-ray Diffraction and Spectroscopy from Organic Films

The student will participate in hands on X-ray reflectivity and fluorescence experiments from bio-membranes and thin films to determine their structure-function relationship on molecular length scales and overall morphologies.  The duties  of the student will include sample preparations, X-ray scattering experiments,   data analysis, literature search, and writing a summary.  The specific projects will involve the induction of nano-crystal growth at  membrane templates, similar to biomineralization processes in living organisms, and characterization of polymer-protein interactions.  To a large extent this is an interdisciplinary study  involving physics, chemistry and biology.

Mentor: David Vaknin, Scientist II, Ames Laboratory