NNSA consortium

In September, 2012  Prairie View A&M University was awarded a Minority Serving Institution Partnership program (MSIPP) by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) to lead a research effort in Investigating and Characterizing Catalytic Activity in Novel Materials and Processes using Experimental and Computational Techniques. The Consortium consist of Los Alamos National Laboratory (NM), Allen University (SC), Morehouse College (GA), Southern A&M University (LA), and Tennessee State University (TN). NNSA press release is here. PVAMU welcomes and deeply appreciates the support.

Dr. Hua-Jun Fan is the Principle Investigator (PI) of this project and Mr. Tommy Rockward is POC at LANL.

Here is the progress:

  • On Oct 12, 2012, kick-off meeting @ Atlanta, GA
    NNSA Consortium
  • On Nov 4-7, 2012, PVAMU co-sponsored three chemistry Majors to attend 68th Southwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society, being held in Baton Rouge, LA (SWRM) for the most up-to-date research information
  • On Nov 26-27, 2012, NNSA Technical conference @ Washington DC
  • On Jan 22-24, 2013, Short Course on Fuel Cell at Las Alamos National Lab, NM
  • On March 12-16, 2013, Modeling workshop on Catalyst at PVAMU, TX
  • On March 21-24, 2013, Technical Assistance for Experimental Fuel Cell Research Workshop at SUBR, LA
  • On April 7-11, 2013, PVAMU co-sponsored three chemistry Majors to attend 245th American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition for the most up-to-date research information.
  • On April 25-26, 2013, Workshop on the effects of impurities on fuel cell performance at Morehouse, GA.
  • During summer 2013, seven (7) undergraduate students and one (1) postdoc went to LANL as summer intern
  • During summer 2013, one (1) PVAMU student went to TSU as summer intern
  • On July 30-Aug 2, 2013, TSU and PVAMU visited LANL for collaboration activities
  • on August 25-30 of 2013, Dr. Anthony Stewart (Materials Scientist/graduate student) was sponsored to attend SUNCAT Summer Institute 2013 at Stanford University
  • On Aug 30, 2013, PVAMU held the second Consortium Review and Planning meeting.
  • On Sept 27, 2013, LANL visited Allen University
  • On Nov 8-12, TSU assisted PVAMU to set up a new modeling facility
  • On Nov 13-14, 2013, NNSA MSI Meeting at Howard University
  • On Dec 1, 2013, LAN visit TSU on lab design and equipment requisition
  • On Jan 21, 2014, Teleconference among consortium members for updates, review and planning
  • In Feb, 2014, Morehouse is planning a mini workshop on April 11-13
  • On Feb 28 - March 2, 2014, Dr. Ouyang at TSU visited PVAMU to give a mini session on how to use Rocks cluster for modeling, recruiting summer interns and planning summer modeling workshop
  • on March 6, 2014, Consortium has a planning teleconference for the summer
  • Through the consortium, LANL initiated a graduate program
  • on March 11, 2014, PVAMU students, Jermaine Chambers, Vanessa Dongmo and Christian Guzman are selected to participate in the 15th Los Alamos Dynamics Summer School (LADSS) from June 6 to August 10.
  • March 16-19, 2014, PVAMU students, Nnenna Elechi, Mykala Taylor, Odaro Adu, and Daniel Tran attended and presented two posters at 247th American Chemical Society National Meeting at Dallas, TX.
  • March 26-30, 2014, Allen University sponsored 2 students to attend the 40th NSBE (March 26-30) conference in Nashville, TN
  • April 1, 2014, Teleconference among consortium members for updates, review and planning
  • April 26, 2014, Tommy Rockward, Eric Brosha and Cortney Kreller from LANL held a one-day hands-on workshop at Morehouse College for consortium members. 5 faculty members, 7 students attended.
  • April 30, 2014, A paper authored by Dr. Fan Nnenna Elechi, Joshua Heads and Daniel Tran won the "best Paper" during 2014 International Conference on Advances in Educational Sciences – ICAES2014.
  • two TSU students was sponsored to attend NEEC conference
  • one TSU engaged in microgrid controller design
  • May 13-15, 2014, Dr. Green from Allen University has been accepted and will attend the Nanotechnology Workshop at Penn State University. This workshop will aid in the development of incorporating nanotechnology and material science into the chemistry and/or engineering curriculum at Allen University.
  • May 27-June 30, 2014, Dr. Robert Green is finalizing his plans to conduct a "Solid-state Synthesis and Materials Characterization Techniques" program for undergraduate students at participating consortium institutions.
  • July 7-18, 2014, Drs. Fan and Ouyang conducted two-week workshop on computational modeling. Total 15 students attended the workshop: PVAMU (3) TSU (4) Allen (4) Morehouse (1) and Southern (3).