Dr. Efrain Rodriguez is looking for two sophomores (or rising sophomores) to join his research group. There are two available positions for two different projects. Both projects incorporate solid-state inorganic chemistry. The first project involves manipulating the composition of oxides to increase the capacity for oxygen transfer in redox reactions. Potential applications for this research includes improving the combustion of fuels in chemical looping reactions and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions. The second project involves solid state synthesis and soft chemistry to synthesize transition metal compounds. These materials have the potential of being a new cost-effective superconductor, and can be used for MRIs, MAGLEV trains, and superconducting wires. Please email Dr. Rodriguez if you are interested, and include a resume and unofficial transcript.