Andrew G. Baruth, BS, PhD
Andrew G. Baruth, BS, PhD

Andrew G. Baruth, BS, PhD

Associate Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Academic Appointments

Department

  • Physics

Position

  • Associate Professor

Biography

A more complete listing of scholarship, teaching, and research interests can be found on my Curriculum Vitae.

Publications and Presentations

Books


  • "Under the Sun"
    This K-6 after-school programming solar energy curriculum was co-developed by Andrew Baruth, PhD, of Creighton's Energy Technology Program and the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo's Education Team. Funding was provided by the Nebraska Environmental Trust., 2017

Articles

  • Nicholas Fischer, Jonathon Dang, Akimasa Tsujimoto, Toshiki Takamizawa, Wayne Barkmeier, A. Baruth. Comparative Analysis of Atomic Force Microscopy and Optical Profilometry for Self-Etch Adhesives on Enamel Surfaces, Microscopy Research and Technique, 2018
  • Jeffrey Wong, Akimasa Tsujimoto, Nicholas Fischer, Andrew Baruth, Wayne Barkmeier, Emily Johnson, Shrestha Samuel, Toshiki Takamizawa, Mark Latta, Masashi Miyazaki. Enamel etching for universal adhesives: Examination of enamel etching protocols for optimization of bonding effectiveness., Journal of Operative Dentistry, 2018
  • N. Fischer, A. Tsujimoto and A. Baruth. Effects of polishing bur application force and re-use on sintered zirconia surface topography, Journal of Operative Dentistry, 43(4), 437-446, 2018
  • Yuko Nagura, Akimasa Tsujimoto, Nicholas Fischer, Andrew Baruth, Wayne Barkmeier, Toshiki Takamizawa, Mark Latta, Masashi Miyazaki. Effect of Reduced Universal Adhesive Application Time on Enamel Bond Fatigue and Surface Morphology, Journal of Operative Dentistry, 2018
  • G. Nelson, C. Drapes, R. Gnabasik, M. Grant, J. Wong, A. Baruth. Development of a High-Precision Solvent Vapor Annealing Chamber for Polymer Thin Films, Micromachines, 9(6), 271, 2018
  • Nicholas G Fischer, Jeffrey Wong, D. Roselyn Cerutis, Andrew Baruth. Effect of clinically relevant CAD/CAM zirconia polishing on gingival fibroblast adhesion, Materials, 19, 267-275, 2017
  • Akimasa Tsujimoto, Nicholas Fischer, Wayne Barkmeier, Andrew Baruth, Toshiki Takamizawa, M Latta, Masashi Miyazaki. Effect of reduced phosphoric acid pre-etching times on enamel surface characteristics and shear fatigue strength using universal adhesives. Cover Article, Journal of Adhesive Dentistry, 10(12), 1358, 2017
  • Isothermal tuning of magnetic coercivity in NiFe/NiO/[Co/Pt] heterostructures with orthogonal easy axes, Journal of Applied Physics, 2015
  • Lin, Chun-Hao, Polisetty, Srinivas, O'Brien, Liam, Baruth, Andrew, Hilimyer, Marc A., Leighton, Chris, Gladfelter, Wayne L. Size-Tuned ZnO Nanocrucible Arrays for Magnetic Nanodot Synthesis via Atomic Layer Deposition-Assisted Block Polymer Lithography, ACS Nano, 9, 1379-1387, 2015
  • A. Baruth, Myungeun Seo, Chun Hao Lin, Kern Walster, Arjun Shankar, Marc A. Hillmyer, and C. Leighton, Optimization of long-range order in solvent vapor annealed poly(styrene)-block-poly(lactide) thin films for nanolithography, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 16, 2014
  • Zhang, X., Johnson, M., Manno, M., Aydil, E.S., Leighton, C., Baruth, A. Crossover From Nanoscopic Intergranular Hopping to Conventional Charge Transport in Pyrite Thin Films, ACS Nano, 7, 2781-2789., 2013
  • Baruth, A., Rodwogin, Marc D., Leighton, C., Hillmyer, Marc A. Nanoscale rings from silicon-containing triblock terpolymers, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 4, 3550-3557, 2012
  • Baruth, A., Manno, M., Shankar, A., Narasimhan, D., Leighton, C. Reactive sputtering of transition metal disulfide thin films: Structure, magnetism and transport, Journal of Applied Physics, 112, 054328, 2012
  • A. Baruth, Marc D. Rodwogin, A. Shankar, M.J. Erickson, Marc A. Hillmyer and C. Leighton. Non-lift-off Block Copolymer Lithography of 25 nm Magnetic Nanodot Arrays., ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3, 2011
  • A. Baruth and S. Adenwalla. Domain size and structure in exchange coupled [Co/Pt]/NiO/[Co/Pt] multilayers., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 23, 2011
  • S. Davis, A. Baruth, S. Adenwalla. Magnetization dynamics triggered by surface acoustic waves., Applied Physics Letters, 97, 2010
  • A. Baruth and S. Adenwalla. Temperature and set field dependence of exchange bias training effects in Co/NiO/[Co/Pt] heterostructures with orthogonal easy axes., Journal of Doctoral Nursing Practice, 322, 2010
  • A. Baruth and S. Adenwalla. Enhanced blocking temperature and isothermal control of hysteresis loop shifts in Co/NiO/[Co/Pt] heterostructures with orthogonal easy axes., Physics Review, 78, 2008
  • A. Baruth, L. Yuan, J. D. Burton, K. Janicka, E.Y. Tsymbal, S.H. Liou and S. Adenwalla. Domain overlap in antiferromagnetically coupled [Co/Pt]/NiO[Co/Pt] multilayers., Applied Physics Letters, 89, 2006
  • A. Baruth, D.J. Keavney, J. D. Burton, K. Janicka, E.Y. Tsymbal, L. Yuan, S.H. Liou and S. Adenwalla. Origin of the interlayer exchange coupling in [Co/Pt]/NiO[Co/Pt] multilayers studied with XAS, XMCD, and micromagnetic modeling., Physics Review, 74, 2006

Publications

  • D. Roselyn Cerutis, Nicholas G. Fischer, Ryan Gnabasik, Melissa S. Lang, and Andrew Baruth. The Role of Nanoscale Roughness on Cell Attachment Following Titanium-based Instrumentation of Titanium, Titanium-Zirconium, and Zirconia Surfaces, The Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 30, 1034.7, 2016
  • A. Mardana, Mengjun Bai, A. Baruth, Stephen Ducharme, S. Adenwalla. Magneto-Electric Effects in Ferromagnetic Cobalt / Ferroelectric Copolymer Multilayer Films., Applied Physics Letters, 97, 2010

Presentations

  • Jeffrey Wong, Andrew Baruth, Nicholas Fischer, Akimasa Tsujimoto, Wayne Barkmeier. Effect of Pre-Etching Agents for universal Adhesives on Enamel Bonding. American Association of Dental Research, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2018
  • Nicholas Fischer, Jeffrey Wong, Mitchel Pham, D. Roselyn Cerutis, Andrew Baruth. Influence of Hand-Polished CAD/CAM Zirconia on Gingival Fibroblast Adhesion. American Association of Dental Research, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 2018
  • A. Baruth. Directed self-assembly: A new frontier for nanolithography. Invited, University of Nebraska-Kearney Chemistry Seminar. Kearney, NE, 2017
  • Teresa Kooima, Sierra Brown and Andrew Baruth. Solar Energy 101. Smart Energy Talks. Omaha, NE (2017).
     , 2017

  • 1.      Nick Fischer and Jack Widmer present research at Creighton University Honor’s Day, Omaha, NE (2017) **Nick receives Honor’s Award for Research**
     , 2017
  • A. Baruth. Directed self-assembly: A new frontier for nanolithography. Invited, April Meeting of the American Chemical Society. San Francisco, CA, 2017
  • Nick Fischer (oral), Son Nguyen, John Sunderland, Isaac Lammpa, Jack Widmer, Meagan Grant and Gunnar Nelson each present posters on their research at Creighton University Research Day. Omaha, NE, 2017
  • Meagan Grant, William Jakubowski, Gunnar Nelson, Chloe Drapes, A. Baruth. Effects of solvent evaporation conditions on solvent vapor annealed cylinder-forming block polymer thin films. March Meeting of the American Physical Society, New Orleans, LA., 2017

  • 1.      Nicholas Fischer, Jonathan Dang, A. Baruth. Polishing Head Force and Re-Use Dependence on Zirconia Surface Roughness. International Association of Dental Research Meeting. San Francisco, CA (2017). **Frechette Awards Session** (Runner-up)
     , 2017
  • Nick Fischer, Ben Marcussen, Gunnar Nelson, Meagan Grant and John Sunderland present at the 2017 Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE, 2017
  • A. Baruth. Directed self-assembly: A new frontier for nanolithography. Invited, Benedictine College, Atchison, KS, 2016

  • Stephanie Heuttner, Julie Anderson, Meagan Grant, Teresa Kooima, A. Baruth. Sustainability Efforts at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo: A Panel Discussion. Invited, St. Francis Celebration, Creighton University, Omaha, NE (2016).
     , 2016
  • A. Baruth. How to be an academic: storing and maintaining bibliographic data. Invited, Undergraduate Research Summer Seminar Luncheons (hosted by CURAS and myself), Creighton University, Omaha, NE (2016). Also had three student posters at the final symposium of this luncheon series., 2016

  • 1.      Five student presentations (oral and posters) at Creighton University St. Albert’s Day/ Research Fair. (2016).
    **Nicholas Fischer Awarded “Best Oral Presentation” in the Clinical Sciences Category.**
     , 2016
  • Nicholas Fischer, Andrew Baruth, Toshiki Takamizawa, Wayne Barkmeier. Comparing Self-Etch Adhesives with Atomic Force Microscopy and Optical Profilometry. Contributed, American Association of Dental Research Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA., 2016
  • A. Baruth, G. Nelson, C. Drapes, J. Wong, M. Grant. Effects of ultra-fast solvent evaporation in solvent vapor annealed cylinder-forming block polymer thin films. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Baltimore, MD., 2016
  • G. Nelson, J. Wong, C. Drapes, M. Grant, A. Baruth. Towards ultra-fast solvent evaporation, the development of a computer controlled solvent vapor annealing chamber. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Baltimore, MD., 2016
  • C. Drapes, G. Nelson, M. Grant, J. Wong, A. Baruth. The role of ultra-fast solvent evaporation on the directed self-assembly of block polymer thin films. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society, Baltimore, MD., 2016

  • Nicholas Fischer, Toshiki Takamizawa, Wayne Barkmeier, Andrew Baruth. Comparison of Self-Etch Adhesives with Atomic Force Microscopy and Optical Profilometry. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE (2016).
    **Awarded “Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Biomedical Sciences Award” from the Nebraska Medical Center., 2016

  • Meagan Grant and Andrew Baruth. Solvent Vapor Annealing. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE (2016)
     , 2016

  • Chloe Drapes, Gunnar Nelson, Meagan Grant, Jeffrey Wong, and A. Baruth. The Role of Ultra-Fast Solvent Evaporation on the Directed Self Assembly of Block Polymer Thin Films. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE (2016)
     , 2016
  • G. Nelson, C. Drapes, M. Grant, J. Wong, A. Baruth. Towards ultra-fast solvent evaporation, the development of a computer controlled solvent vapor annealing chamber. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE (2016), 2016

  • Andrew Baruth. States of Matter: How Solid is a Solid?. Invited, Jesuit Academy, Omaha, NE (2015)
     , 2015
  • Gunnar Nelson and Andrew Baruth. Time Dependence of Self-Assembly in Block Polymer Thin Films. Invited. 2015 Dr. Randolph M. and Teresa Kolars Ferlic Research Scholar Symposium, Creighton University, 2015
  • Andrew Baruth. An Engineer, a Material Scientist or a Physicist? How I got here. Invited. Doane College, Crete, NE, 2015

  • R. Gnabasik, G. Nelson, C. Drapes, A. Baruth. Investigation of solvent annealing time dependence on morphology formation in polystyrene-block-polylactide thin films. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2015) **Finalist for Best Poster**
     , 2015
  • A. Baruth. Isothermal tuning of magnetic coercivity in NiFe/NiO/[Co/Pt] heterostructures with orthogonal easy axes. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society, 2015
  • Ryan Gnabasik, Gunnar Nelson, Chloe Drapes, and Andrew Baruth. Reproducibility Characterization of a Climate-Controlled Solvent Vapor Annealing Chamber in Directed Self-Assembly of Block Polymer Thin Films for Use in Long-Range Human Spaceflight. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE, 2015
  • Anton G. Yanchilin, Erin Cheese, and Andrew G. Baruth. Synthesis of Copper Sulfide Thin Films for Photovoltaic Applications. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE, 2015
  • Gunnar Nelson, Ryan Gnabasik, and Andrew Baruth. Linking Solvent Vapor and Thermal Annealing by Analyzing Time-dependent Crystallization Rates of Polystyrene-block-Polylactide Thin Films. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE, 2015
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Nanotechnology and Superparamagnetism: Potential Relevance in Neuroscience Research. Invited, Creighton University Neuroscience Journal Club, 2014
  • Optimization of Long-Range Order in Solvent-Annealed Polystyrene-Block-Polylactide Block Polymer Thin Films for Nanolithography. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE, 2014
  • Erin Cheese, Brianna Baca, Anton Yanchilin, and Andrew Baruth. Synthesis of Copper Monosulfide Thin Films by Ex-Situ Sulfidation. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE (April 11, 2014), 2014
  • Ryan Gnabasik and Andrew Baruth. Design, Construction, And Testing A Purpose-Built Climatecontrolled Solvent Vapor Annealing Chamber For Guided Selfassembly Of Block Polymer Thin Films. Contributed, Nebraska Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting, Lincoln, NE, 2014
  • A. Baruth, M.Seo, C.H. Lin, K. Walster, A. Shankar, M.A. Hillmyer and C. Leighton. Optimization of long-range order in solvent-annealed polystyrene-b-polylactide block polymer thin films for nanolithography. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2014), 2014
  • Ryan Gnabasik, Rustin Haase, and A. Baruth. Design, construction, and testing a purpose- built climate-controlled solvent vapor annealing chamber for guided self-assembly of block polymer thin films. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2014), 2014
  • Wayne L. Gladfelter, Chun-Hao Lin, Srinivas Polisetty, Andrew G. Baruth, Marc A. Hillmyer, Christopher Leighton. Using Zinc Oxide ALD to Control Pore Diameter on Poly(styrene) Templates. Contributed, The AVS Topical Conference on Atomic Layer Deposition 2014 (ALD 2014). Kyoto, Japan, 2014
  • Andrew Baruth, Xin Zhang, Michael Manno, B. Selin Tosun, Rebekah Feist, Melissa Johnson, Chris Leighton, Uwe Kortshagen, Steve Campbell, Andre Mkhoyan, and Eray S. Aydil, Plasma Synthesis of Photovoltaic Materials. Invited, presented by my colleague Eray S. Aydil, I was the first author. Symposium UU: Plasma and Low-Energy Ion-Beam-assisted Processing and Synthesis of Energy-related Materials. 2013 MRS Spring Meeting & Exhibit. April 1-5, 2013. San Francisco, CA, 2013
  • Directed self-assembly: A new frontier for nanolithography. Invited, University of Nebraska, Physics Department (2013). Omaha, NE, 2013
  • The Creighton Energy Technology Program: Case Study on Solar Energy Education and Urban Installation. Invited, Sixth Annual Nebraska Wind Conference (2013). Lincoln, NE, 2013
  • A. Baruth, M. Manno, A. Shankar, D. Narasimhan and C. Leighton. Reactive sputtering of transition metal disulfide thin films: Structure, magnetism and electronic transport. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2012), 2012
  • A. Baruth, Marc D. Rodwogin, A. Shankar, M.J. Erickson, Marc A. Hillmyer and C. Leighton. Non-lift-off Block Copolymer Lithography of 25 nm Magnetic Nanodot Arrays. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2012), 2012
  • A. Baruth, M.D. Rodwogin, A. Shankar, M.A. Torija, M.J. Erickson, M.A. Hillmyer and C. Leighton. Non-liftoff block copolymer nanolithography of magnetic nanodot arrays. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2011), 2011
  • A. Baruth. Application of block copolymer patterning to magnetic materials. (2010-12) Invited, IEEE Magnetics Society Invited, Seagate Technology Invited, Otterbein University, Physics Dept. Colloquia Invited, Augustana College, Physics Dept. Colloquia Invited, Creighton University, Physics Dept. Colloquia Invited, 7th Annual Minnesota Nanotechnology Workshop Invited, University of Minnesota, ECE Dept. Magnetics Seminar Invited, Augsburg College, Physics Dept. Colloquia Invited, North Dakota State University–Fargo, Physics Dept. Colloquia Invited, Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience Seminar Series Invited, Fifth Upper Midwest MRSEC Symposium Invited, Success Strategies for Emerging Faculty, University of Delaware Invited, Minnesota State University–Mankato, Physics Dept. Colloquia, 2010
  • A. Baruth, M.D. Rodwogin, A. Shankar, M.J. Erickson, M.A. Hillmyer and C. Leighton. A novel non-liftoff approach to block copolymer patterning of magnetic materials. Contributed, 55th Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2010), 2010
  • A. Baruth, S.K. Davis and S. Adenwalla. Excitation and Study of Magnetization Dynamics in Patterned Thin Films Using Surface Acoustic Waves. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2009), 2009
  • A. Baruth. Exchange Coupling at Co/NiO Interfaces: The Origin of Interlayer Exchange Coupling. Invited, University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, MRSEC Seminar (2009), 2009
  • A. Baruth, L. Yuan, J. D. Burton, K. Janicka, E.Y. Tsymbal, S.H. Liou, and S. Adenwalla. Domain overlap in antiferromagnetically coupled [Co/Pt]/NiO/[Co/Pt] multilayers. Contributed, 52nd Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2007) Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2007), 2007
  • A. Baruth and S. Adenwalla. Magnetic coupling and training effects in Co/NiO/[Co/Pt] structures with orthogonal easy axes. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2007), 2007
  • A. Baruth, S.H. Liou, D.J. Keavney, and S. Adenwalla. Effects of coupling on domain structure of [Pt(6A?)/Co(4A?)]3/NiO(tNiO)/[Co(4A?)/Pt(6 A?)]3 multilayers with oscillatory coupling. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2006), 2006
  • A. Baruth, D.J. Keavney, and S. Adenwalla. Oscillatory Coupled Multilayers with a NiO interlayer. Invited Guest, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (2005), 2005
  • A. Baruth, S. Adenwalla, and D.J. Keavney. XMCD studies of antiferromagnetically coupled Co/Pt Multilayers. Contributed, March Meeting of the American Physical Society (2005) Contributed, 49th Conference on Magnetism and Magnetic Materials (2004), 2004
  • C. Wentworth and A. Baruth. Creating Interactive Physics Media with Flash and Video. Contributed, 127th American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting (2004), 2004
  • C. Wentworth, M.W. Plano Clark, A. Baruth, and B. Fulton. Using Ultrasound Imaging to Motivate Physics Learning as Part of the Humanized Physics Project. Contributed, 126th American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting (2003), 2003
  • A. Baruth. Flash-VidDat: A Macromedia Flash Application for Physics Video Analysis on the Web. Contributed, 126th American Association of Physics Teachers Meeting (2003), 2003

Research and Scholarship

Grant Funding Received

  • MRI: Acquisition of a Multi-Purpose X-ray Diffractometer for Structural Characterization (National Science Foundation, $426,000 direct, 09/01/15 – 09/01/18, P.I. A. G. Baruth). Proposal to acquire a versatile, novice-friendly X-ray Diffraction (XRD) facility to provide critical information about the structural properties of materials at the atomic, molecular, and nanometer scale for a variety of disciplines, including physics and chemistry, as well as material, energy, biomedical, and pharmacy sciences. Specific measurement capabilities of the XRD system will include small and wide-angle XRD, reflectometry, microdiffraction and powder diffraction, all with the added capability of temperature control. These included XRD capabilities will be especially valuable to our emerging research programs pertaining to (i) earth-abundant photovoltaic materials, (ii) self-assembled block polymer thin films, (iii) drug-polymer complexes for drug delivery, (iv) clustering of simple sugars in solution, and (v) structural characterization of synthetic structures.
  • Directed Self-Assembly of Block Polymer Thin Films Via Solvent Vapor Annealing (Nebraska EPSCoR, $20,000 direct, $20,847 indirect, 01/01/15 – 09/01/15, P.I. A.G. Baruth). This proposal focuses on the systematic investigation of the solvent-assisted self-assembly process in block polymer thin films. We plan a series of experimental investigations in order to elucidate and control the parameters most critical to the directed self-assembly of block polymer thin films.
  • Expansion of Creighton University Energy Technology Program’s Commitment to Renewable Energies (Omaha Public Power District, $300,000 direct, 09/01/14 – 09/01/19, P.I. A.G. Baruth). This funding is for 1) investment in new photovoltaic research and analysis equipment for A. Baruth, 2) repair and replacement/upgrading of current Windspire installations on Creighton’s campus, 3) renewable energy and energy conservation related public outreach, and 4) research stipends for Energy Technology Program students.
  • Student Fellowships 2014/2015 Yanchilin & Gnabasik (NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR, $4000 direct, 09/01/14 – 3/31/15, P.I. A.G Baruth). The award provides annual stipends for two students, Ryan Gnabasik and Anton Yanchilin.
  • The Material Science of Dental Restoration Materials: Forming Collaborations between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Dentistry (Dr. George F. Haddix President's Faculty Research Fund, Creighton University, $15,000 direct, 02/15/14-2/15/16, P.I. A.G. Baruth). The study will focus on dental restorative materials, a class of fabricated materials specifically designed for restoring tooth form and function. Several key issues exist, primarily in the areas of biocompatibility and physical wear, which must be fully addressed to evaluate their efficacy in a clinical setting. We propose that the establishment of new collaborations between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Dentistry, which will enhance the study of dental materials and provide a meaningful experience for undergraduate students interested in pre-professional programming.
  • Omaha Youth’s Path to Passive Solar (Nebraska Academy of Sciences and the Nebraska Environmental Trust, $3,000 direct, 06/01/14 – 07/01/14 , P.I. A.G. Baruth). This is to help fund a three-week camp that will meet for three hours a day and focus on the design, installation and maintenance of convection and passive solar heating systems. The camp is open to all Nebraska youth and funding will help subsidize camp costs. Students are able to receive college credit though Creighton Summer Sessions under course number ERG 132 at an additional cost.
  • Collaborative Research: Understanding and Supporting Student Intrinsic Motivation in STEM Courses (NSF TUES Type 2 Grant, 10/13-10/15, P.I. Jonathon Stolk, Role: Faculty Partner). Prior and emerging educational research suggests that understanding students’ motivational relationship to their learning experience could be a crucial insight necessary for a systemic shift toward high-level outcomes. This study will facilitate a deeper understanding of student motivation through analysis of motivation research data from undergraduate classroom contexts, and by coupling context-specific research data with course design tools that enable targeted instructor action to enhance intrinsic drive.
  • Solvent-induced ordering of self-assembled block copolymer thin films (Creighton University Graduate School, $4800 direct, 07/01/13-9/1/13, P.I. A.G. Baruth). The study will focus on the construction and testing of an advanced solvent vapor reaction chamber for block copolymer thin films. Such materials naturally self-assemble into a wide-range of morphologies (i.e., shapes); however, without direction, this order has little periodicity at large lateral length scales. The solvent-induced, directed ordering of self-assembled block copolymer thin films will allow access to these novel periodic nanostructures with unprecedented control and precision.