Abstract by Cameron Dahlquist
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Coordination of Undergraduate Researchers
Glass is the preferred substrate for producing flat panel displays (FPDs). The surface composition of display glass affects FPD fabrication by influencing important surface mediated properties like wetting, adhesion, and contamination. We are currently analyzing display glass surfaces using temperature-resolved time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS). Our current analytical protocol requires measuring glass surface composition approximately 60 times per day as the sample is heated. These measurements are time-consuming, and they generate a large volume of data. In order to meet this challenge, we have dramatically expanded the size of our undergraduate team in the last two semesters. As undergraduate coordinator for this project, I will discuss the challenges associated with training team members and coordinating efforts. These insights will be valuable for all groups training new undergraduates researchers.