Laboratory Research Experience Program
Experience Cutting Edge Research at UC Berkeley
Six-Week Intensive Laboratory Research Experience
June 26 - August 4, 2017 at UC Berkeley
Through Dean Douglas S. Clark and the College of Chemistry, Professor Omar M. Yaghi, Professor Peidong Yang, and Mr. Kyle E. Cordova have designed a laboratory research experience program, in which participating scholars are exposed to graduate student level research. This is a laboratory-intensive program that seeks to prepare highly qualified emerging scholars for doctoral studies. Through this program, you will learn to think independently, process advanced concepts and apply theory, effectively communicate and substantiate your ideas to others, and build group dynamic skills while being mentored through the research modules listed below.
The BERS: Laboratory Research Experience program distinguishes itself from other research-based programs in the following aspects:
- Brought to you by the TOP RANKED chemistry program in the world. The Laboratory Research Experience program is administered and delivered by the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley and is taught by its own globally ranked faculty.
- Training in ACTION. As a participating scholar, you will gain hands-on practical experience on advanced techniques, including, but not limited to, X-ray diffraction, electron microscopy (SEM and TEM), surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy, gas adsorption, and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
- Combines general knowledge with cutting edge research. Participating scholars will perform cutting edge research that parallels the research that is done at UC Berkeley and at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
- Provides invaluable insight into graduate school life at UC Berkeley. The program is designed to mirror life in graduate school - everything from experimental design to collaborative experimentation. Participating scholars will also attend weekly seminars provided by UC Berkeley faculty and mingle with current UC Berkeley students to solicit their advice on the graduate school application process and to get a better sense of graduate school life.
- Continuous interaction with Berkeley professors and students. Continuous interactions will better inform UC Berkeley professors and mentors when writing recommendation letters.
Laboratory Research Experience Curriculum
Week 1: Synthesis, Characterization, and Post-Synthetic Modification of Metal-Organic Frameworks
- Synthesis of metal-organic frameworks
- Hands-on use of powder X-ray diffraction, gas adsorption, and thermal gravimetric analysis characterization techniques
- "Crystals as molecules": hands-on use of nuclear magnetic resonance characterization techniques
Week 2: Morphological Control of Ag Nanoparticles: Synthesis and Applications
- Nanofabrication techniques
- Electron microscopy characterization (SEM and TEM)
- Surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy
- Fluorescence spectroscopy
Week 3: Chemistry and Reactivity of Transition Metal Complexes
- Ligand design through salt metathesis and the template effect
- Coordination compound chemistry
- Homogeneous catalysis
Week 4: Synthesis, Characterization, and Gas Adsorption Properties of Covalent Organic Frameworks
- Advanced synthetic techniques for realizing covalent organic frameworks
- Computational modeling and simulation techniques coupled with powder X-ray diffraction analysis
- Advanced gas adsorption measurements and analysis
Week 5: Superacidity in Porous Materials: Applications toward Heterogeneous Catalysis
- Superacidity and acid-base chemistry
- Hammett indicator analysis
- Heterogeneous catalysis
Week 6: Science Communication
- Keys to success in publishing high impact scientific results
- How to effectively communicate your results via oral and poster presentations
- BERS Symposium
The following activities will augment the laboratory learning experience and prepare emerging scholars for doctoral studies:
- Weekly seminars and lunches with UC Berkeley faculty.
- Regular mentorship provided by current UC Berkeley Ph.D. scholars.
- Opportunity to present your research to the entire College of Chemistry at the culmination of the program.
- Tours of various laboratories as well as the UC Berkeley campus.