Laboratory Research Experience Program
Experience Cutting Edge Research at UC Berkeley
July 1 - August 9, 2019, at UC Berkeley
Registration will open on November 1, 2018
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. This is a non-credit bearing summer enrichment program for emerging scholars who seek to learn hands-on about research techniques in a group laboratory setting. 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 modules listed below.
The 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.
- Science in ACTION. As a participating scholar, you will be exposed to 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.
- Exposure to cutting-edge research. Participating scholars will attend workshops to learn about 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. Participating scholars will 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.
Thanks to the LRE program, I learned a lot of new knowledge and gained experience in new techniques regarding emerging materials. I also gained hands-on experience in conducting experiments, presenting academic posters, and writing academic papers independently. I had the opportunity to gain insight into cutting-edge research by interacting with top scientists and young scholars from around the world. I highly recommend the LRE program to undergraduates who are planning for an advanced education in chemistry.
- Yu-Sin Liu, LRE Emerging Scholar, 2018
I was fortunate to join the Laboratory Research Experience program (LRE), organized by the University of California, Berkeley. The daily laboratory work and the interaction with top graduate students enhanced my working knowledge about reticular chemistry and confirmed to me that this is the area I want to work in during my Ph.D. This program helped me to develop as a well-trained researcher, enriched my scientific knowledge, and expanded my expertise in this particular field of research. It also exposed me to state-of-the-art research facilities and allowed me to interact with emerging scholars from around the world. I am now at my home university with more enthusiasm for my work, as well as a deeper understanding of what I am doing.
- Abdulhadi Al-Zahrani, LRE Emerging Scholar, 2018
Week 1: Covalent Chemistry Beyond the Molecule: Introduction to Reticular Chemistry
- Computational modeling of extended structures
- Solid-state covalent organic framework synthesis
- Powder X-ray diffraction and structure solution
- Surface area and pore size distribution
- Hands-on use of spectroscopy characterization techniques (nuclear magnetic resonance and FT-IR) and thermal gravimetric analysis
- Distinguished Scholar Seminar: Professor F. Dean Toste
Week 2: Hydrophobic Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks for Selective CO2 Capture
- Solvothermal synthesis and optical microscopy characterization
- Hands-on use of single crystal X-ray diffraction for structure solution
- CO2 and N2 gas adsorption + H2O adsorption isotherms
- Heat of adsorption and gas pair selectivity analysis
- Analyzing the selective capture of CO2 via breakthrough experiments
- Distinguished Scholar Seminar: Professor Jeffrey Reimer
Week 3: Superacidity in Metal-Organic Frameworks: Applications toward Heterogeneous Catalysis
- Superacidity and acid-base chemistry
- 'Crystals as Molecules': Post-synthetic modification
- Inert atmosphere synthetic techniques
- Hammett indicator analysis
- Heterogeneous catalysis for petrochemical refining
- Mass spectrometry characterization techniques
- Distinguished Scholar Seminar: Professor Ting Xu
Week 4: Emerging Inorganic Halide Perovskite Nanostructures
- Synthesis of all inorganic halide perovskite nanostructures
- Hands-on use of solution-phase synthetic methodology structural techniques, including powder X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy
- 'Bright Light Emitting Nanostructures': Hands-on use of photoluminescence microscopy and UV-Vis absorption spectroscopy
- Distinguished Scholar Seminar: Professor Kristie Boering
Week 5: Ultrathin Silver Nanowires for High-Performance Transparent Conductors
- Synthesis of ultrathin silver nanowires
- Hands-on use of powder X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and post-treatment for conductivity enhancement
- 'Nanowires as Transparent Conductors': Fabrication and performance characterization of sliver nanowire transparent conductors
- Distinguished Scholar Seminar: Professor Michelle Chang
Week 6: Effective Communication, Better Science
- Keys to success in publishing high impact scientific results
- How to effectively communicate your results via oral and poster presentations
- College of Chemistry graduate student shadowing
- Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory tour (Advanced Light Source and Molecular Foundry)
- Poster presentation at the Berkeley Emerging Research Scholars (BERS) Symposium
- Distinguished Keynote Seminar: Professor Roald Hoffmann, 1981 Nobel Laureate
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. and post-doctoral scholars.
- Opportunity to present your research to the entire College of Chemistry at the culmination of the program.
- Tours of various laboratories, the Advanced Light Source synchrotron, and the Molecular Foundry, as well as the UC Berkeley campus.