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210CollegeofScienceandMathematics26CollegeofScienceandMathematicsSeparatedbyanoceanseveralcountriesandtwodistinctfieldsofscientificre-searchonewouldthinkthatthechanceoftwoindividualscomingincontactwithoneanotherwouldbeprettymuchimpossiblehoweverthebeautyofserendipityisthatitmakessucheventspossible.AtaconferenceinNewDelhiIndiasuchkismetoccurredwhenCollegeofSci-enceandMathematicschemistryprofessorKandalamRamanujacharyDr.CharyandtheInstituteofChemicalTechnologysDr.SutapaGhoshunexpectedlyinitiatedadiscussionthatwouldleadtotheircollabo-rationhereatRowanUniversity.Thedirectorofmygroupnotifiedmethatthereweresomeindividualswork-ingwithgrapheneNanoparticlesandquantumdotsandwantedtoknowifIdbeinterestedinworkingwiththemexplainedCharywhose35yearsworthofexperienceandpublishedpapersregardingNanotechnologylefthimdelightedattheopportunity.WebeganadiscussionaboutherexpertiseandmineandIcouldnthavebeenmoreexcitedfortheopportunityCharysaid.InIndiaIworkedonisolatinggra-phenefromgraphiteandhereatRowanImtryingtomeasurethequantumdotsofgraphenebycreatingmolecularmodelsofthedotexplainedGhosh.OncewefindthedotDr.Charysexpertiseinmetaloxideswillallowustoidentifyandcontrolgraphenesbandwidthsoitcanlaterbeappliedtosupercapacitors.Capacitorshaveasynonymousfunctiontolithiumbatteriesbutsuchbatteriesareinefficientatholdingchargesaswellasdispersingenergy.CapacitorsaremorepowerfulandmoreefficientthanbatteriessaidCharyhowevertheyaremadefromatoxicmetalthatisntbountifulintheEarthcadmium.Ifwecanfigureouthowtomakecapacitorswithcarbonwhichissaferandmoreplentifulitwillbemonumentalinthefutureofcapaci-tors.WhileRowanUniversityisprovidingthefacilitiesforthecollaborationallofthefundingforGhoshandCharysre-searchisderivedfromahighlycompeti-tivegrantprogramfundedbytheRamanResearchFellowship.Dr.GhoshappliedtoaprogramthattakesthousandsofapplicationsandonlyaroundfourorfiveareacceptedayearmentionedChary.ThetwohavebeencollaboratingsincelateOctoberandaremakingbigstrides.ThelabsherearefantasticandareallowingmetomakegreatprogressonmyresearchsaidGhosh.IthasbeenveryfunworkingwiththestudentsandDr.Chary.WhiletheprogramistemporaryCharyisexcitedforwhatwillcomenext.Dr.GhoshwillgobacktoIndiatocontinuedevelopingherresearchandwewillhopefullypublishseveralpapersCharysaid.Thisresearchisthefirststeptowardsthefutureofcapacitors.Chancefavorspreparedminds...TheEdelmanPlanetariumrecentlyconcludedasuccessfulrunofthefull-domedigitalmovieAstronautanditspopulartraditionalholidayfavoriteSeasonofLight.NarratedbyNoahAdamsSeasonprovided3Dvisualizationsex-plainingthewintersolsticeChristmasHanukkahSantaClaustheStarofBethlehemamongotherwinterytopics.ThisspringlookfortwopublicshowingsToSpaceandBackamovieaboutspaceexplorationandhowithasshapedoureverydaylivesbegin-ningJanuary12throughMarch9andtheEx-plodingUniversedealswithbigcelestialbangsandhowtheyveinfluencedtheformationofoursolarsystemandus.ThisshowbeginsMarch16.Formoreinformationaboutplanetariumshowsvisitwww.rowan.eduplanetarium.PlanetariumhasitsownBlockbusterHitsGhoshsexpertiseliesinthehighlyconductivelayerofcarbonknownasgraphene.