FSU Scientist Supporting Alternative Energy Research with a High School Student

A junior high school student has been working in Dr. Steve Acquah’s laboratory on a project involving carbon nanotube based thin films containing piezoelectric materials.

The Rickards High School student, Aditya Hota, investigated different piezoelectric crystals within carbon nanotube films as a basis for creating hybrid materials for generating an electric charge. Aditya hopes that one day smart materials could be integrated into clothing to charge batteries which can then be used to power electronic devices like smartphones and tablets.

Aditya was successful in presenting his work at the Capital Regional Science and Engineering Fair, achieving the Top Show Award (1st place in the Physical Sciences) and 1st place in the Chemistry Division. He continued to the State competition where he was awarded 2nd place in the Chemistry Division.

Dr. Acquah said, “Aditya is a gifted student, comfortable in a laboratory environment, and always ready for a challenge. He has a bright future ahead.”

His achievements were documented in both WTXL ABC 27 News and WCTV Eyewitness News.

WCTV Eyewitness News - http://tinyurl.com/hota-acquah

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