Virtual Reality Nanodiamond for Chem VR

$1M ($996,300 to be exact) NSF Grant Awarded to SJSU, Fresno and Sonoma State

In a collaborative project to advance equity in STEM education, Prof. Abraham Wolcott at SJSU and colleagues from Fresno State (Profs. Wei Wu and Vivien Luo) and Sonoma State (Profs. Sara Kassis and Elizabeth Wade) received a National Science Foundation award through the division of undergraduate education. The goal: Use advanced virtual reality and extended reality technology to advance STEM equity at Cal State and community colleges. The grant will assemble a faculty learning community or FLC to build the use and expertise of educators with extended reality technology.

See grant details here

Diamond Surface Science, Synchrotron Radiation and the Transition Edge Sensor
Diamond Surface Science, Synchrotron Radiation and the Transition Edge Sensor

Prof. Wolcott will speak at the STEM-NET Symposia for DOD award recipients on 5/13 from 2-4 pm

Prof. Wolcott will be discussing nanoscale diamond surface chemistry, the use of the TES detector and support from the DOD. DOD support has provided for researcher travel expenses, compensation and tuition and has been a vital resource for advancing the careers and experiences of SSCL lab members. Save the date 5/13/2021 and join us! Learn more about the Department of Defense (DoD) programs, CSU awardees, and tips on successfully submitting a DoD proposal. STEM-NET promotes research, community building and innovative educational ideas across the CSU university system and provides students the skills they need to excel in the workforce of the future ​and meet the needs of California’s innovative and evolving economy.

Register for the Symposium here!

URAP 2021 !
Get fundamental research experience in nanotechnology, chemistry and physics!

Apply to the URAP Program at SJSU in the Wolcott Lab for Summer 2021!

Again, The Surface Science Center Laboratory at SJSU (Wolcott Lab) has been selected as the only Cal State University to host Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) Scholars for Summer 2021! Eligibility: GPA=2.8, STEM Major, US or Naturalized Citizen and ability to commute to SJSU! Summer Stipend is $4500 for 8-10 weeks and NO research experience required. Researchers will perform work on nanoscale diamond with applications in biolabeling, biosensing, magnetometry and quantum computation. African American, Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islanders are encouraged to apply. Apply by March 15th, 2021 Contact Prof. Wolcott for additional info

Apply Here!

Spartan VR

Bringing The Nanoscale Into View: SJSU Team develops fully immersive physical chemistry experience

Prof Wolcott and a SJSU VR team developed a Virtual Reality experience with funding through the Cal State University system. Researchers Nanci Solomon, Patrick Stafford and Jon Oakes played key roles in the development and implementation of the experience!! The immersive Physical Chemistry module can be used at the KLEVR lab at MLK library or the app can be shared to you directly by contacting Prof Wolcott during the Shelter-in-place order.

Check out the full article in the Spartan Daily!

Tyanna, Daniel and Professor Wolcott pose in front of the TES detector

Surface Science Center Laboratory Uses Superconducting Transition Edge Sensor

The SSCL uses the Transition Edge Sensor (TES) to detect background-free X-ray emission data on diamond surfaces for applications in magnetometry, biosensing and quantum communication. The TES is housed at beamline 10-1 at SSRL, a soft X-ray beamline capable of probing low-Z elements (B, C,N,O and F) and transition metals (Co, Zn, Ti and Fe).

Learn more about the TES detector

SSCL To Host URAP Scholars in Summer 2020 (Deadline Extended to March 15th!)

SSCL SELECTED AS HOST SITE FOR SUMMER 2020 RESEARCH PROGRAM! Deadline March 15th, Apply Today!

The Surface Science Center Laboratory at SJSU (Wolcott Lab) has been selected as the only Cal State University to host Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) Scholars. Eligibility: GPA=2.8, STEM Major, US or Naturalized Citizen and ability to commute to SJSU! Summer Stipend is $4500 for 8-10 weeks and NO research experience required. Researchers will perform work on nanoscale diamond with applications in biolabeling, biosensing, magnetometry and quantum computation. African American, Latinx, Native American and Pacific Islanders are encouraged to apply. Apply by March 15th! Contact Prof. Wolcott for additional info

Apply Here!

HRSEM data collection by Researchers Davida Simpson and Camron Stokes
Researchers perfrom HRSEM at Imaging Facility

The Molecular Foundry: DOE operated Nanoscience Center

SSCL researchers have access through a user-based proposal system to state-of-the-art instrumentation at The Molecular Foundry and here SSCL reserachers Camron Stokes and Davida Simpson image gold nanoparticle clusters on a Zeiss Ultra-55 in the Imaging and manipulation of nanostructures facility at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, a Department of Energy Facility.

SSCL researchers collect data

X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy

X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) is a key technique that the SSCL uses to examine the atomic and molecular structure structure of bulk and nanoscale materials. Here SSCL researchers Grace Jeanpierre, Jocelyn Valenzuela and Cynthia Melendrez collect XPS data.

Learn more about XPS