Akron Physics Club

Club programs deal with current issues in Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, Cosmology, Biology, and a host of other topics. Several new speakers are scheduled each year to present topics of current scientific interest.

Meetings are at the
Tangier Restaurant, 532
West Market, Akron,

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm

Meeting Announcement


Akron Physics Club


  MEETING ANNOUNCEMENT: October 23, 2017

The Tangier Restaurant
532 West Market Street, Akron Ohio

6:00pm Socializing - 6:30pm Dinner - Program about 7:30pm
The charge for each dinner is $20

RESERVATIONS or REGRETS by Thursday, October 19th to:
Reservation Secretary Carol Gould: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (xxx) xxx-xxxx
Please use this email for reservations, for updates on email addresses or to discontinue receiving these announcements


VISITORS ARE WELCOME - COLLEGE STUDENTS, please indicate this on your reservation. There will be no charge for dinner if this is your first meeting, $10 if you attended prior meetings.
[College students having dinner: Please identify yourself as a student]

Anyone is welcome to attend the free presentation starting at 7:30 pm.
But if you would like to have dinner, you will need a reservation. 


The Speaker will be:
 Dr. Ernst D. von Meerwall... 
Associate Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering ret.
Physics Department Chairman ret.

Professor of Physics ret.,
University of Akron

will be speaking on:

Canopy Dynamics of SiO2 Nanoscale Ionic Materials
Probed by NMR 

Please give a warm welcome to our very own Dr. Meerwall, long time president of our Akron Physics Club, and supporting member for years before that.
This will be very interesting pivotal lecture that you will not want to miss.
Please attend in numbers approaching in order to show our appreciation for his dedication to our Club and longtime service...  


Nanoscale ionic materials (NIMs) are organic-inorganic hybrids prepared from ionically functionalized nanoparticles (NP) neutralized by oligomeric polymer counter-ions.  NIMs are designed to behave as liquids under ambient conditions in the absence of solvent and have no volatile organic content, making them useful for a number of applications. We have used nuclear magnetic resonance relaxation and pulsed-field-gradient NMR diffusion measurements to probe local and collective canopy dynamics in NIMs based on 18-nm silica NPs with a covalently-bound anionic corona, neutralized by amine-terminated ethylene oxide/propylene oxide block copolymers.  Our work has elucidated several interesting and useful details about the interaction between the corona and the NPs on which they are based.

*Collaborators:  Michael L. Jespersen, Peter A. Mirau, Hilmar Koerner,  and Richard A. Vaia USAF-MRL; Nikhil J. Fernandes, and Emmanuel P. Giannelis, Cornell Univ.

# Macromolecules 46, 9669-9675 (2013); DOI 10.1021/ma402002a.  

The Speaker:
Dr. Ernst D. von Meerwall obtained his BS and MS (Physics) from Northern Illinois University (1963; 1965), and his PhD (Physics) from Northwestern University in 1969. After two years as Research Associate in the Materials Research Laboratory at the University of Illinois in Urbana, he joined the Physics Department of the Uni­versity of Akron, later chairing that Department from 1993 to 2000.  He was Associate Dean of the College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering from 2000 to 2008, when he retired from full-time service.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Physics, Chemistry, and Polymer Science. His research involves polymers and chemical/biomedical physics, particularly diffusion and molecular motions via nuclear mag­netic resonance, but includes structure-property relations and numerical methods.  He continues collaborative research and professional activities as Emeritus and Research Professor of Physics. 



Dinner Reservations:
Please join us for our next meeting. Pre-registration for dinner is required so that we can guarantee our reservations. Dinner is $20.
If you are a student, please indicate this on your reservation.  There will be no charge for dinner if this is your first meeting, $10 if you attended prior meetings.
To register, send an email to our Reservations Secretary: Carol Gould: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (xxx) xxx-xxxx.


Future Meetings:

November 27, 2017 - Gary Catella, Clevelend Crystals, on Spectroscopy and Lasers
January 29, 2018
February 26, 2018 - Alper Buldum, Professor of Physics, University of Akron
March 26, 2018 - Marc Millis, Tau Zero Foundation
April 23, 2018 - Rouzbeh Amini, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Akron
June 4, 2018 - Walter Lambrecht, Professor of Physics, Case Western Reserve University


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Podcasts and Speaker PowerPoint Presentations

On October 24, 2016, Dr. Rob Owen presented a wonderful lecture to us entitled, The Detection and Analysis of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes.

His material backing up the lecture can be found at www.black-holes.org

Click on the link to visit and exlore his great web site.

Physics in the news

These chip-sized spaceraft are the smallest space probes yet 

Spacecraft have gone bite-sized. On June 23, 2017, Breakthrough Starshot, an initiative to send spacecraft to another star system, launched half a dozen probes called Sprites to test how their electronics fare in outer space. 




ACESS – Akron Council of
Engineering and Scientific


~ New and Improved ACESS
website!! Check it out at www.acessinc.org

~ Motion passed to create two
positions to fill executive director
role: Administrator (internally
focused) and Executive Director (externally focused)

~ Brent Sisler was named as Administrator and Mike Dowel was named as Executive Director.


Large Hadron Collider experiment nabs five new particles - March 2017

Physicists have snagged a bounty of five new particles in one go.

Members of the LHCb experiment, located at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, reported the prolific particle procurement in a paper posted online March 14 at arXiv.org. The five particles are each composed of three quarks — a class of particle that makes up larger particles such as protons and neutrons. Each of the new particles comprises two “strange” quarks and one “charm” quark.

The five particles are in various excited, or high-energy, states — giving each particle a different mass and a different arrangement of quarks within. Such particles are expected to exist according to the theory of the strong nuclear force, which bundles quarks together into larger particles.

The five excited particles are named after their low-energy relative, Ωc0or omega-c-zero. Their rather uninspiring monikers are Ωc(3000)0, Ωc(3050) 0, Ωc(3066) 0, Ωc(3090) 0and Ωc(3119) 0. Each number in parentheses indicates the mass of the particle in millions of electron volts.



The University of Akron and Cleveland State University, along with California State University at Los Angeles, have joined together to work on some projects for NASA and the International Space Station, according to a University of Akron news release (Dec 1).

The universities have received a $840,000 grant through NASA's Physical Sciences Research Program for the projects, the release stated. The research will focus on the way materials solidify in space when gravity is lacking.



University of Akron, Sandia pair up to bring new polymers

The University of Akron has a huge new partner (Sandia National Laboratories ) with big plans for what it views as the nation's top school for polymer science research and technology.



EXL Center at The University of Akron has just informed us (ACESS) recently of an up-coming event that is planned by Launch League in Akron led by Courtney Gras.  They are preparing for a big event the first weekend in December called Flight.  It is a Start Up Conference (http://www.launchleague.org/flight/) that may be of specific interest.


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Dr. Jaumann and his colleagues used 2,350 images to generate a realistic view of Ceres.  Shows a simulated flight over the surface of Ceres, based on images from Dawn’s high-altitude mapping orbit (900 miles, or 1,450 km).



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