Hoffman Estates HS students run their experiment at 15-ID.

On Sunday, February 17, 2019, NSF’s ChemMatCARS hosted a team of six Hoffman Estates High School students participating the Exemplary Student Research Program (ESRP) at 15-ID X-ray beamline for a hands-on synchrotron experiment in materials research. The students spent 24 hours at the beamline carrying out an experiment that they proposed under the supervision of the beamline staff—to study the ordering of an ultra-thin film made of gold nanoparticles (5nm in diameter) self-assembled at the air-water interface using liquid surface x-ray scattering techniques.

Pictured front row from left, Dr. Binhua Lin (NSF’s ChemMatCARS), HEHS students, Shraddha Zina, Ariana Correia, and Parita Shah, Kimberly Simms (NSF’s ChemMatCARS); second row from left, Dr. Wei Bu and Dr. Mrinal Bera (NSF’s ChemMatCARS), HEHS student Amber Dellacqua; back row from left, HEHS students Sam Darr, Jake Walsh (Undergrad from University of Chicago), Wayne Oras, Jr. (HEHS faculty), and HEHS student Darshan Desai.