Alice in Wonderland program students visit TMI

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.

Dr. Hugo Celio explains students how Li ion batteries are assembled and how XPS is used to study the chemical composition of the different battery components.

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.