Physics Student Presents Research

Students attend Women in Physics conference

By: Becky St. Clair

Senior Melissa Magee presented on zeolites at an annual conference in January.

In January, senior physics and mathematics major Melissa Magee presented a paper for the 4th Annual Women in Physics Conference.  The event was held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.  Also in attendance was Anya Davis, junior mathematics and physics major at WWU.

Magee’s paper was entitled, “Nitrogen Adsorption in Zeolites 13X and 5A.”  It covered research she did last summer at the University of Florida while working under the guidance of Neil Sullivan.  

“Zeolites are materials that have very porous molecular structures,” explains Magee.  “My research focused on trying to understand the process of how gases are absorbed into these structures.”

As part of her research , Magee also looked into how well zeolites would work as storage devices for gaseous molecules.  Though her gas of choice was hydrogen, for safety reasons she worked solely with nitrogen during her research.

“I was grateful to have the opportunity to attend and present my research at this conference,” says Magee.  “Anya and I were able to network with other female physics students, and it was uplifting for both of us to be reminded that there are other women in very similar shoes.”

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