Research in the Shaw group pushes state of the art analytical techniques to their cutting edge in order to develop novel understanding of chemical behavior at interfaces. Project areas are based on polymer surfaces, biofouling, and environmental corrosion processes.

Group Meeting

Shaw group members present their own research, interesting projects from the chemical literature, "Bad Science" talks covering scientific misconceptions held by the non-scientist public, and "How-To" talks outlining a technique or method commonly used by the group (see examples below). This time is also occassionally used for students to practice their seminar presentations or preview upcoming talks from speakers in analytical/physical seminars and colloquia.


Spring 2017 - Fridays at 8:30am in E231 CB (not meeting Feb 17, Mar 10 and 17, Apr 21)



Below are How-To presentations featuring instrumentation and theoretical concepts relevant to surface, environmental, electro-, analytical, and physical chemistry.

Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)

Contact Angle Goniometry

Copper Counter Electrode Preparation for Electrochemical Experiments

Du Nouy Tensiometer for Surface Tension Quantification


Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR)

Karl Fischer Titration (KFT) to Determine Trace Water in Samples

Nanoimprint Lithography

Polarization Modulation Infrared Reflectance Absorption Spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS)

Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM)

UV/Ozone Cleaner for Substrate Cleaning


"Bad Science"

This section features group presentations on current or historical scientific misconceptions held by the non-science public.

Natural vs. Synthetic Pesticides

Views on Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)

Views on Ozone Therapy



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