2016 SUMMER STUDENT RESEARCH SERIES — Luis Royo Romero

Luis has been with working Dr. Chris Hughes at JMU all summer on a materials science research project. Specifically, they are trying to determine how chloroform treatment might improve the adhesion of gold (Au) thin films onto PMMA (poly methyl methacrylate). PMMA is commonly known as acrylic or acrylic glass. The adhesiveness between Au and PMMA is tested by systematically removing the Au by pressure. Luis’ main task is to study the amount of pressure needed to wipe the Au from areas with chloroform exposure and areas without it. This work has required him to learn a wide array of skills, including how to use a UV Vis spectrometer to quantify absorbance levels. Just like gold on their PMMA, we’re sure this REU experience will “stick” with him for the rest of his life!