Materials student wins poster award at microscopy meeting

A materials science PhD candidate at Colorado School of Mines received a Microscopy Society of America Student Poster Award at a conference held August 6-10 in St. Louis, Missouri.

John Mangum won for his poster titled “Correlative Raman Spectroscopy and Focused Ion Beam for Targeted Microstructural Analysis of Titania Polymorphs” at the Microscopy and Microanalysis 2017 Meeting (M&M 2017).

“Nobody really knows the exact mechanisms to synthesize brookite, a rare structure of titanium dioxide,” Mangum said. “This work takes a dive into answering that question by using transmission electron microscopy to look at the atomic structure of TiO2 thin films.”

M&M 2017 is the annual meeting of the Microscopy Society of America and the Microanalysis Society, and was cosponsored by the International Field Emission Society.

“This research project has been a blast to work on and even more fun to present,” Mangum said. “To have this work recognized and awarded at the Microscopy & Microanalysis conference was both extremely exciting and encouraging!"


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