Laboratory for Radiation and Polymer Science

Al-Sheikhly Lab Group, University of Maryland College Park

April 18, 2018
by Travis Dietz
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Kevin Mecadon Receives CIRMS Student Award

This past Monday, April 16th, Kevin presented his research on radiation grafted, polymer electrolyte fuel cells to the attendees of the 26th meeting of the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards (CIRMS) in conjunction with his acceptance of the CIRMS student award. Kevin can be seen receiving his award certificate from CIRMS President Dr. Zhichao Lin in the photo to the left.

February 21, 2018
by Travis Dietz
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Kevin Mecadon wins 2018 Student Travel Grant Award to Attend CIRMS Conference

Kevin Mecadon was awarded a 2018 Student Travel Grant Award by the Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards for his abstract submission entitled, “Radiation Grafting of Ionic Liquids to Synthesize Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells.” Not only will Kevin be provided funds to travel to and attend the conference, which is being held at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, he will also give a short presentation and present a poster at the conference as an attendee. Congratulations Kevin!

Travis Dietz Successfully Defends Dissertation

November 16, 2017 by Travis Dietz | Comments Off on Travis Dietz Successfully Defends Dissertation

Dietz Defense PresentationOn October 25th, 2017, Travis Dietz successfully defended his dissertation entitled, “Synthesis of Novel Co-Polymers Using Ionizing Radiation Grafting Methods for the Extraction of Uranium from Seawater.” Travis would like to expressed his gratitude to everyone who attended his defense in support. Travis will be continuing with his current research as a postdoctoral researcher in the Laboratory for Radiation and Polymer Science in the immediate future.

October 15, 2016
by Travis Dietz
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Travis Dietz and Dr. Ileana Pazos present at 2016 ICIP Meeting

icipgroupphotoThis past week, Prof. Al-Sheikhly, Dr. Dianne Poster, Dr. Ileana Pazos, and Travis Dietz attended the International Conference on Ionizing Processes at Brookhaven National Laboratory. At the conference Travis presented his work on uranium extraction and Dr. Pazos presented her work on nanogel synthesis in both poster and presentation formats. The conference focused on the impacts of science related to the fundamental chemical, physical, and biological effects induced by ionizing particles and photons, especially in relation to medicine and industry.

May 20, 2016
by Travis Dietz
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University of Maryland to host “International Conference on Seawater Uranium Recovery” in July

Uranium-px8y27From July 19th through July 22nd, the University of Maryland and the first “International Conference on Seawater Uranium Recovery,” a conference dedicated to the sharing of science and ideas surrounding the extraction of uranium from seawater. Attendees will include scientists from across the country and the globe from both universities and national laboratories. The conference will have a number of themes including (1) Uranium Coordination Chemistry and Computer-aided Ligand Design; (2) Thermodynamic, Kinetics and Modeling of Uranium Sorption Behavior; (3) Adsorbent Synthesis and Structure Characterizations; (4) Materials Performance Assessment in Seawater; and (5) Marine Deployment and Technology Cost Analyses. The majority of events will be hosted in the Kim Engineering Building. Registration for the conference can be found on the conference website.

February 11, 2016
by Travis Dietz
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The group welcomed two new students this spring semester: Salimeh Gharazi and Azadeh Farzaneh. Salimeh will be studying the radiation degradation of electrical cable jackets and Azadeh will be studying the corrosion of oil pipelines. More information on them can be found on the People page. Welcome Salimeh and Azadeh!

February 10, 2016
by Travis Dietz
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Prof. Al-Sheikhly Invited to Speak at The Chemical Society of Washington Dinner Meeting

This Thursday, February 11th, Professor Al-Sheikhly will be giving the presentation, “Novel Materials for the Isolation of Uranium from Sea Water,” at the Chemical Society of Washington’s Dinner Meeting and College Achievement Awards. It is requested that attendees register prior to attending. The talk will start at 7:30 pm in the Chemistry Building Atrium at the University of Maryland. More information can be found at the Chemical Society’s website.

January 16, 2016
by Travis Dietz
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ORNL 2016 SeawaterThis past week, group members working on the Uranium Extraction from Seawater project attended the semi-annual project meeting at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. The meeting was an excellent opportunity to discuss the project with numerous experts in the field from universities and laboratories across the country.

December 5, 2015
by Travis Dietz
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Paper Accepted to Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research

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The desired grafting reaction of diallyl oxalate to nylon substrate.

On December 4th, 2015, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research published the paper, “Uranium Removal from Seawater by Means of Polyamide 6 Fibers Directly Grafted with Diallyl Oxalate through a Single-Step, Solvent-Free Irradiation Process,” as part of a special issue on the extraction of uranium from seawater. The paper was authored by Travis C. Dietz, Claire E. Tomaszewski, Zois Tsinas, Dianne Poster, Aaron Barkatt, Mohammad Adel-Hadadi, Fred B. Bateman, Lonnie T. Cumberland, Erich Schneider, Karen Gaskell, Jay LaVerne, and Mohamad Al-Sheikhly. The paper can be found online at the following link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acs.iecr.5b03401

September 14, 2015
by Travis Dietz
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On Friday, September 11th, 2015, Zois successfully presented his proposal entitled, “Towards an Understanding of the Degradation Mechanisms of UHMWPE-Based Soft Ballistic Inserts,” to his committee. Congratulations Zois!