We invite small groups of students and teachers into our laboratory to learn more about energy-related research through the Inside Engineering program at Columbia. Students get a background on battery research, a lab tour, and a demonstration to see what chemical engineering looks like in a research lab.
Engineering the Next Generation
For six weeks over the summer, our lab hosts high school students from the Engineering the Next Generation (E.N.G.) program at Columbia. This program is often students' first exposure to academic research as well as engineering disciplines. In the summer of 2019, we hosted Issaka Dabre (Ellis Prep) and Jessica Dilone (Columbia Secondary) in the lab. Issaka and Jessica synthesized and characterized silver nanoparticles, studied their surface chemistry, and learned to perform NMR simulations! They gave a talk and a poster at the E.N.G. symposium at the end of the summer.
Through the Engineering Speaks program at Columbia, Prof. Marbella visits local high schools to share her personal path in science and engineering and how research from the lab is related to the commercial rechargeable batteries that are used in portable electronics, transportation, and grid storage.