On June 5th, 2019, approximately 20 high school students from the “Alice in Wonderland” program visited TMI for demo activities and a tour of our facilities.
The “Alice in Wonderland” program which started back in 2005, is an outreach program within the Department of Physics led by Professor Demkov. With a pressing concern about the gender imbalance in physics the goal of this program is to attract women to physics by getting high-school students involved in research over the summer before they make decisions about colleges.
The Alice in Wonderland internship consists of a series of lectures on various topics by UT professors from the Department of Physics or Chemical Engineering together with facilities and lab tours. These lectures/tours are followed by an actual internship for a total of 80 hours in aresearch lab of choice .
TMI’s director, Dr. Arumugam Manthiram, presented a lecture entitled “Chemistry and Batteries” meant to introduce the students to exciting research in the batteries field. The lecture was followed by a tour of the TMI facilities where Dr. Raluca Gearba and Dr. Hugo Celio showed students how to image battery materials using a Scanning Electron Microscope and an Atomic Force Microscope as well as other techniques used to study the battery materials.