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An Anomalous Reaction of Silicon Oxide and Aluminum via Ball MillingBy Michelle Marx

Nominated by Ali Bakhshai, Professor of Physics

From the Author: During the summer of 2006 I did research with Dr. Ali Bakhshai. The subject matter of the research was the ball milling technique. The objective was to use this technique to produce pure silicon from silicon oxide and aluminum. I wrote this paper to submit it to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research. In April of 2007 I presented the results at NCUR21 in San Rafael, California. The paper has also been accepted for publication into the conference proceedings.

From the Faculty Nominator: Michelle Marx originally wrote this article for submission to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR-2007) publication. It was based on her 10-weeks full time Summer Research in Experimental Condensed Matter Physics program at Goucher. I was her supervising faculty and we worked in my research laboratory during the summer 2006. Michelle’s good organizational and problem solving skills made her a good experimental researcher. She kept accurate notes of the outcomes and offered good analysis for the follow up steps. She successfully presented her research results twice on Goucher campus and at the NCUR conference in the Dominican University, California, April 12-14, 2007. Her paper has been accepted for publication in NCUR conference proceeding with minor corrections. I am very happy that her work has also been accepted in the Verge publications and I wish her more scholarly achievements in her future.

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