Jamie Hail, Anderson Wey, Anyelinn WnTrey Rose and Corinne Gibson are all working in Dr. David Y. Son Chemistry class.
Jamie Hail, who is an upcoming junior, is researching plastics that will be better for the environment—very easy to make and requiring less resources. She started with six different chemicals that will make six different plastics which will be thermally stable to very high temperature, so they can be used in engines. Jamie has gotten one reaction so far.
Anderson Wey, another upcoming junior, and Anyelinn Wn, a high school student, are working together to create glue that can withstand very high temperatures. Their test broke down at 147 degrees Celsius and they discovered the temperature would not work in mechanical engines, but they are hoping to find something that will stick in harsher environments. Their goal for the research is applications in industry—for example, creating hardeners that can be used in space and withstand various temperatures and conditions.
Trey Rose and Corinne Gibson are both upcoming seniors working together to create polymer particles for bio-imaging. They are using a polymer with dye to create very small particles—as thin as a stand of hair—and injecting that into a body to visualize a cell in the tissue during surgery. They are testing the polymer to see if it is stable in high temperatures, so it won’t break down inside of the body in a short period of time. They are starting to work on making the polymer and other initial materials of the model compound which are not commercially available.