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Patrick Johnson

Department of Chemical Engineering

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6524

Email: pjohns27@uwyo.edu

Kaitlyn Vap Receives NASA Space Grant

April 18, 2018
Kaitlyn Vap

Indium tin oxide (ITO) is widely used in applications requiring high electrical conductivity, optical transparency and deposition reliability; examples include touch screens, aircraft windshields, and solar cells. One drawback to ITO films is the reliance on Indium (a rare element) which continues to be a primary driver of production costs. This research pursues a promising replacement for ITO – laser patterned graphene oxide (GO). With its high electrical and thermal conductivity, laser patterned GO may become a low-cost alternative to ITO. A process to produce optical grade, defect-free GO films starting from carbon feedstocks will be applied to synthesize material. The thin films will then be laser patterned to produce touch screen films, carbon supercapacitors and GO/graphene p-n junctions. 

 

The NASA space grant I received funds my work on this project. I, in return, provide monthly updates on the work being done, volunteer time to progressing STEM opportunities in public schools, and present my findings and progress in the undergraduate research day on campus.


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Department of Chemical Engineering

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-6524

Email: pjohns27@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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