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Tenth year of the Chicago Chile Exchange

April 15th, 2013

Annual reports from years 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

The year begininng June, 2012 marked the tenth year of the Chicago-Chile Materials Collaboration, which started in August, 2003. This is a no-cost-extension year of the four-year renewal begun in June 2008. In June-August, 2012 six University of Chicago students did internships in Chile.  In January-March, 2013, two Chilean students did ten-week internships in Chicago.  These activities spent the unspent funds from a prior year when a student strike in Chile greatly reduced the Chilean participation.

Chicagoans in Chile, July-September 2012


We responded to one student's desire for a physical chemistry internship by seeking out a new supervisor in the USACH chemistry department, Dr. Carolina Aliaga. This internship worked out very well for both intern and supervisor.  A second supervisor also gave an enthusiastic report.  All supervvisors praised the students' motivation and helpfulness.    One student was entrusted to present his work to an external review committee.  These ongoing projects are all expected to result in eventual publications, though none has progressed to the point where papers are being written.   The advisors also noted some shortcomings.  One student pursued his own ideas of how to proceed and didn't do what his advisor requested.  Another needed more supervision than expected. This year's cohort consisted entirely of first and second-year students. However, there ws no tendency for the younger students to perform less well.

A debriefing session for the returning students was held October 19. Five of the six interns participated. All expressed satisfaction with their experience. All five gave a detailed account of their results and reversals and skills learned and talks and reports presented.  The students told of their projects and adventures and gave advice about any future logistic arrangements.

Chileans in Chicago: January-March 2013


Former interns have published a number of papers since their internships.  We list here only papers that appear to be based on the internship research supported by the grant.  The intern whose project is related to the paper is marked with an asterisk *

Title: Weakening of a thin shell structure by annihilating singularities
Author(s): Walsh*, Lee; Meza, Ruben; Hamm, Eugenio
Source: JOURNAL OF PHYSICS D-APPLIED PHYSICS  Volume: 44   Issue: 23     Article Number: 232002   DOI: 10.1088/0022-3727/44/23/232002   Published: JUN 15 2011

Title: Tearing as a test for mechanical characterization of thin adhesive films
Author(s): Hamm, E (Hamm, Eugenio)[ 1,2 ] ; Reis, P (Reis, Pedro)[ 3 ] ; LeBlanc, M* (LeBlanc, Michael)[ 4,5 ] ; Roman, B (Roman, Benoit)[ 6 ] ; Cerda, E (Cerda, Enrique)[ 1,2 ]

Source: NATURE MATERIALS  Volume: 7   Issue: 5   Pages: 386-390   DOI: 10.1038/nmat2161   Published: MAY 2008