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NIU Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society to host brown-bag talk

January 15, 2015
Martin Kocanda

Martin Kocanda

Martin Kocanda, visiting assistant professor in the NIU Department of Electrical Engineering, will talk at noon Thursday, Jan. 29, during a brown-bag talk in Room 354 of the Engineering Building.

He will discuss “A Microscopical Analysis of Electrolytic Fractured Aluminum” at the event sponsored by the NIU Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society.

All are welcome. Bring a lunch; light refreshments will be provided.

The synthesis of anodic aluminum oxide under controlled conditions has been used as a commercial manufacturing process for decades. A recent application of controlled anodization has been the synthesis of nanostructures serving as templates for nanorods and nanowires. Further work has employed nanoporous aluminum oxide as sensor substrates which elicit an electrical response to volatile organic compounds, explosives and microbial growth.

Kocanda, who is also director of NIU’s electrical engineering laboratories, received his Ph.D. in chemistry and electrical engineering from NIU in 2009. His research focuses on sensors, instrumentation and digital signal processing.

For more information, call (815) 753-3201 or email [email protected].