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Spring Program 2011

Abstract Instructions
Abstracts should be in one page. It will include your name, university, project/program, your current position (High school, Undergraduate Intern, Graduate Intern, Graduate Fellow, or Faculty Fellow), mentor's name, code and branch. The title for the abstract will be followed by a detailed description of the work performed. Your mentor or designee must review the abstract before submission. All Abstracts must be submitted to your Program/Project Coordinator by Friday, March 18, 2011.

The abstract is a brief description outlining your project and the nature of your work performed. The abstract should be one paragraph long (not including the introduction: 200 word limit). It should indicate subject dealt with and state the objectives of the investigation. Newly observed facts and conclusion of the experiment or argument discussed in the paper must be stated in summary form; readers should not have to read the paper to understand the abstract. The abstract must be in Times New Roman, singlespaced. View the abstract example and follow the template: (on page two and three of this document). If you may have additional questions, please contact your Program Coordinator.

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Guy Wilson , University of Michigan

Undergraduate Student Research Program
Undergraduate Intern

Mentors: Meyya Meyyapan & Michael Oye Code: TSS Nanotechnology Branch

Graphene Growth Using Plasma Enhanced Chemical Vapor Deposition for Use In Electronics Electronics and computers are getting faster and smaller every day. NASA is on the verge of making computers as fast and small as they can be. First created in the 1970s graphene is a sheet 1 atom thick planar carbon. This graphene has no limits to its length, but is 73 picometers thick. One of the special properties of graphene unlike graphite which is multi-layer graphene, is that it is a semiconductor. With the decreased size of the parts the possible applications include making a transistors or capacitors using graphene. The part that would increase speed is the fact that with such small components the electricity would have to travel shorter distances. These distances are so much smaller that there is possibility of making electronics and computers a million times faster. Although the potential applications of graphene are known, an efficient way of creating it is not. Using fixed conditions certain conditions will be altered to find the affect of these conditions on the growth of graphene. Temperature was found to have a profound affect on the growth of graphene.