Every week, senior researchers in each department at ASDRP give public seminars presenting the current state of the field and disseminating how their research at ASDRP fits into the broader context of the frontiers of modern science and engineering. Colloquia are public events, and anyone can join. Click on the "Join the Colloquia" link to add the event to your calendar.

Research Shorts

Department of Biological, Human and Life Sciences

Tuesdays @ 8:00-9:00 PM PST

Tuesday, March 16, 2021


To Be Announced

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Researcher: TBA

Advisor: TBA


Keywords: TBA

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics

Fridays @ 8:00-9:00 PM PST

Friday, March 19, 2021


From code to compound to clinic - the cross-disciplinary roles of machine learning, biophysical simulations, chemical synthesis, and chemical biology in development of next generation small molecule therapeutics.

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Researcher: Udbhav A., Leigh High School

Advisor: Njoo, Organic, Medicial Chemistry

Modern organic chemistry research is no longer confined to the fume hood - instead by drawing on the rich intersection of computer science, chemistry, and even medicine, one is able to thoroughly conduct studies to tackle a diverse series of the most pervasive medical problems in today’s world, including bacterial infections, viruses, and cancer. Here, the spectrum from in silico simulations to in situ and in vivo results will be presented from the perspectives of various endeavors, ranging from computationally generating retro synthetic pathways of novel small molecules to antimicrobial assays to determine small molecule efficacy. Through the amalgamation of various fields, it is then possible to generate highly prospective chemical structures with biological activity.

Keywords: Organic chemistry | computational chemistry | machine learning | chemical biology | medicinal chemistry

Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Physics

Fridays @ 8:00-9:00 PM PST

Friday, March 19, 2021


Sustainable energy applications of Graphene Quantum Dots and GQD nanocomposites as catalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction..

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Researcher: Catherine T., BASIS Independent Silicon Valley

Advisor: Patel, Inorganic Chemistry & Materials Science

Nanotechnology, harnessing tiny materials that have widths around 1000-1,000,000 times smaller than a single strand of human hair, is a blooming avenue of research, noted to have important applications in a myriad of fields. In particular, graphene, an allotrope of carbon that exists in single-carbon, nanoscale sheets comprised of hexagonal lattices, has been considered a “super material of the future” (Mittal et al. 2020), for its enhanced strength, electronic/conductive properties, chemical inertness, resistance to corrosion, abundant availability of precursor material, and non-toxicity. My group has specifically been synthesizing graphene quantum dots (GQDs) to enhance nickel nanoparticles, creating nanocomposites for use as a catalyst for the oxygen-reduction reaction, whose slow kinematics currently limit the applications of the hydrogen fuel cell. In order to test the catalytic properties of the nanomaterials, we have utilized Nafion, a perfluorosulfonic acid ionomer to create inks in which the nanoparticles are dispersed. We are currently utilizing cyclic voltammetry to test the catalytic properties of the nanoparticle-dispersed Nafion Ink, deposited on the working electrode of the three electrode electrochemical system. This presentation will cover the currently ongoing research of GQDs for ORR catalysts as well as some alternate applications for sustainability.

Keywords: Materials Science | Nanotechnology | Nanomaterials applications | Graphene Quantum Dots | Nanocomposites

Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Wednesdays @ 8:00-9:00 PM PST

Wednesday, March 17, 2021


Testing the effects of varying lengths of millimeter wave electromagnetic exposure on Coriandrum Sativum seeds germination, growth, and cellular composition

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Researcher: Manasa R., Dublin High School

Advisor: Dani, Microwave Physics

The use of Millimeter Wave Electromagnetic technology in agricultural applications have seen to have various effects on many different types of plants. From the differences in germination to the effects in length of the fully grown plants, the radiation levels seem to affect the overall plant. With frequencies from 5 Hz to 15 GHz for 30 minutes, the seeds will be put under various levels of biological stressors to see the ideal settings per plant to produce the highest yield, as well as the changes in protein content and DNA sequences. In this experiment, the effect of MMW radiation will be tested against many different seed varieties. The intensity, duration and frequency of the electromagnetic field will be modified to see how the DNA and protein of the coriander seeds as well as physical changes occur. .

Keywords: Millimeter Wave Electromagnetic Technology | Vector Network Analyzer | Coriandrum Sativum | Electrical Engineering | Agriculture