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HHS Science Research student completes internship on "Using Cross-linking Agents to Enhance the Mechanical Properties of Cellulose Nanofilms"

Hastings High School Science Research student Aaron Forman has just completed his internship at the Simon's Summer Research Program at Stony Brook University. He presented a poster of his research titled, "Using Cross-linking Agents to Enhance the Mechanical Properties of Cellulose Nanofilms" at the final symposium on August 7th.

Aaron's research focuses on enhancing the mechanical properties of TEMPO-oxidized cellulose nanofibers (TOCN) derived from jute fibers. Jute, a fiber that once fueled a flourishing material industry, has largely lost its industrial relevance due to cheaper, more cost-effective alternatives such as nylon. Aaron's research looks to find a new, sustainable market for this neglected biomass that could be used in the place of materials that pollute our environment after use.

Congratulations Aaron!