CSSF Project Listings: 2013

Senior Division

Katherine S. Anderson, Grade 11
The Effect of Surfactant Head Charge and Water Composition on the Degradation of Oil
Advisor: Mrs. Millie Hackworth
School: Redwood High School, Larkspur, Marin County
Rohith M. Bhethanabotla, Grade 11
Achiral GC Analysis Using Alpha- and Beta-cyclodextrins as Chiral Selectors to Separate Diastereomers of Cypermethrin
Advisor: Mr. Chris Spenner
School: Harker (The) School, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Joseph A. Brooks, Grade 10
Erone J. Cao, Grade 12
Greasy Pizza: To Dab or Not to Dab?
Advisor: Mrs. Marilyn Lewis
School: Vanden High School, Fairfield, Solano County
S0604 — Second Place
Nikhil Buduma, Grade 12
A Computational Investigation of the Structures, Energies, and Formation Pathways of Interstellar Anions
Advisor: Dr. Debjani Roy
School: Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, Santa Clara County
S0605 — Third Place
Seung Hye Choi, Grade 9
Simple and Cost-Effective Detection of Cadmium Using an Electrochemical Sensor Made with Gold Nanoparticles
Advisor: Ms. Brenda Royce
School: University High School, Fresno, Fresno County
Forrest D. Csulak, Grade 12
Catalytic Conundrum 3: Effect of Cluster Size and Isomers on Activation of H2 on Pt Particles in PEM Fuel Cell Reaction
Advisor: <none acknowledged>
School: Frazier Mountain High School, Lebec, Kern County
S0607 — Fourth Place
Sara N. D'Souza, Grade 11
Iron Based Catalytic Biosensor for Reactive Oxygen Species: Detection to Fighting Chemical Terrorism
Advisor: Dr. Lawrence D'Souza
School: Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, San Diego County
Parsa Derakhshan, Grade 9
Sunlight Assisted Water Remedial: The Photocatalytic Removal of the Toxic Organic Dye Rhodamine B from Wastewater
Advisor: Mrs. Julie Pomerleau
School: University High School, Irvine, Orange County
Armine I. Dingilian, Grade 9
Predicting Acid Rain Initiated Corrosion Resistance of Zinc-Plated and Stainless Steel Screws in Variant Environments
Advisor: Mr. Michael Antrim
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
Arteen M. Galstyan, Grade 11
Farah A. Kandah, Grade 11
The Effects of a Cobalt-Phosphate Catalyst on the Efficiency of an Electrochemical Cell
Advisor: Miss Pauline Misias
School: Holy Martyrs Armenian High School, Encino, Los Angeles County
George D. Geng, Grade 11
From Waste Heat to Electricity: Synthesis and Analysis of a New Zintl Phase Compound for Thermoelectric Power Generation
Advisor: Ms. Cecil Benitez
School: Irvington High School, Fremont, Alameda County
Irfan S. Habib, Grade 11
Investigation of the Corrosion Performance of Electrodes Used for Effective and Safe Electrical Grounding
Advisor: Mrs. Shamim Habib
School: Stockdale High School, Bakersfield, Kern County
James O. Haraguchi, Grade 12
Edward Vasquez, Grade 12
Determining an Optimum Water Temperature Range for Maximum Efficiency of a Hydrogen Fuel Cell
Advisor: Mr. Mark Grubb
School: Desert High School, Edwards, Kern County
Anjini Karthik, Grade 9
Novel Environmentally Benign Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy
Advisor: Mrs. Roberta Chisam
School: St. Francis High School, Mountain View, Santa Clara County
S0615 — Honorable Mention
Hope Lee, Grade 9
Modeling of Liquid-Liquid Extraction Using Caffeine as the Model System
Advisor: Ms. Crystal Cooper
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
Hailey C. Loehde-Woolard, Grade 10
Investigating Cellulosic Ethanol: Oxidation of Lignocellulosic Materials to Achieve High Conversion Yields of Cellulose
Advisor: Mr. Christopher Nestlerode
School: Pacific Collegiate School, Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County
Dante Monaldo, Grade 10
Discovering the Most Cost-Effective Catalyst for Efficient Energy Storage through Electrolysis
Advisor: Mr. Tony Zavanelli
School: De La Salle High School, Concord, Contra Costa County
Bryden D. Pearson, Grade 10
The Effect of Electrolyte Conductivity on Gas Production during Electrolysis
Advisor: Mr. Todd Samet
School: Redwood High School, Larkspur, Marin County
Cristian G. Placencia Mata, Grade 10
Testing the Accuracy of Food Calories by Using a Calorimeter and Calorimetry
Advisor: Mr. Andrew Kempiak
School: Technology High School, Rohnert Park, Sonoma County
Shreya S. Ramayya, Grade 10
Increasing the Bioefficacy of Artemisinin through Trifluoromethylation
Advisor: Mr. Peter Starodub
School: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Rolling Hills Estates, Los Angeles County
Shawn T. Schwartz, Grade 10
Computational Simulation of Multidimensional H(2)O Molecule Interactions
Advisor: Mr. Wun Chiou
School: High Tech Los Angeles, Van Nuys, Los Angeles County
Echo Sit, Grade 9
Hilarie Sit, Grade 11
Catching the Greenhouse Culprit II, Extraditing the Culprit: Building and Recycling a Carbon Dioxide Filter at Home
Advisor: Ms. Erin McKay
School: Tracy Joint Union High School, Tracy, San Joaquin County
S0623 — Honorable Mention
Jiyoung Song, Grade 11
A Study of Various Factors Concerning the Selectivity and Adsorption Rate of Molecular Imprinted Polymers
Advisor: Mr. Michael Antrim
School: Woodbridge High School, Irvine, Orange County
Ali Valamanesh, Grade 10
Faraday's Second Law of Electrolysis
Advisor: Mr. John Shirajian
School: Ribet Academy, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County
Ryan J. Bunk, Grade 12
Nanoporous Niobium Oxide
Advisor: Mr. Nathan Inouye
School: Camarillo (Adolfo) High School, Camarillo, Ventura County
Daniel S.K. Lee, Grade 12
Leaching of Diethylhexyl Phthalate from Polyvinyl Chloride
Advisor: Dr. Nikki Malhotra
School: Thousand Oaks High School, Thousand Oaks, Ventura County
S0696 — Honorable Mention
Alexander S. Powers, Grade 12
Effects of Nanocrystal Shape on Efficiency of Quantum Dot Sensitized Solar Cells
Advisor: Dr. Debjani Roy
School: Bellarmine College Preparatory, San Jose, Santa Clara County
Arpita Singhal, Grade 9
Herbalism as an Anticancer Agent: Characterization and Evaluation of the Bioavailability of Curcumin Nanoparticles
Advisor: Mrs. Kimberly Day
School: St. Francis High School, Mountain View, Santa Clara County
S0698 — First Place
Michael L. Janner, Grade 11
Assembly of Magnetic Particles and Magnetic Holes into 1D, 2D, and 3D Photonic Crystals
Advisor: Dr. Yadong Yin
School: Redlands East Valley High School, Redlands, San Bernardino County
Akshay K. Srivastava, Grade 9
The Work Enacting Capabilities of Methanol and Its Application to Electricity Production Processes
Advisor: Mrs. Kathy Meyer
School: Apple Valley High School, Apple Valley, San Bernardino County

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