Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory

Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory

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Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory

The Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory (MFML) is a part of the Center for Molecular Science at West Point. The group consists of four faculty members and over 20 undergraduate researchers. The lab’s focus is to develop electro/photo-mechanical materials that serve as both structural, energy storage, and sensor materials. These materials are envisioned to provide lightweight systems solutions by simultaneously building and powering devices across multiple length scales.  To achieve this aim, synthesizing 3-dimensional nanowire and nanowire-nanotube composite arrays provides tunable systems that enable the controlled variation of nanowire diameter, element length, and pore size.  In this manner, material properties such as electrical conductivity, electrolyte mass transport, mechanical strength, and redox chemistries are optimized for lightweight catalysis, energy storage, and sensing applications.

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Anchor Losch is a senior at the United States Military Academy at West Point. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to earn a Master of Arts in Environmental Studies at Tel Aviv University, Israel. She studies Chemical Engineering and Middle Eastern Studies at West Point. Since her freshman year, she has distinguished herself in the West Point Multi-Functional Materials Laboratory, co-authoring two peer-reviewed publications on her material synthesis research and presenting her research at multiple conferences. From serving as an English teacher during her semester in Morocco, to volunteering in Uganda, Mongolia, Vietnam, and Ecuador, Anchor focused her time on serving communities to give her engineering work context. Anchor serves as the President of both the West Point Chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and West Point Model Arab League. She is also the head conductor of the Cadet Spirit Band. Anchor will commission as an Engineer officer later this year.

Anchor joins our other MFML scholars this year including Stamps Scholars Felita Zhang (2022, Life Science) and Veronica Lucian (2022, Life Science).

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Recent Publications

F. John Burpo*, Anchor R. Losch, Enoch A. Nagelli, et al. “Salt-Templated Synthesis Method for Porous Platinum-based Macrobeams and Macrotubes.” J. Vis. Exp. JoVE61206. In press.

F. John Burpo*, Enoch A. Nagelli, Joshua P. McClure, Stephen F. Bartolucci, Jack Bui, Anchor R. Losch. “Salt-templated Cu-Pt Alloy Macrotubes.” Catalysts, 2019, 9(8), 662. Featured in Special Issue - Recent Advances in Pt-Based Catalysts: Theoretical and Experimental Results.

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