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Chemistry Student Performs Research at IBM

This past summer, Angela Dann was accepted to the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program sponsored by the Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA). In this program, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and IBM Almaden Research Center collaborate through CPIMA sponsored undergraduate interns, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows.

Dann participated in the program by conducting synthetic chemistry research at IBM Almaden under the supervision of Robert D. Miller and Geraud Dubois. Miller is the leader of the science and technology wing and the manager of advanced organic materials at IBM. He is also on the editorial boards of many leading journals in chemistry. Dann was part of a research team that was looking into improving the properties of semiconducting polymers for photovoltaic cells and transistors.

Her particular focus was on trying to create new materials to be used as insulators among copper wires in electronic chips. These new materials needed to have the correct properties as insulators so that the size of these chips could be decreased.