Professor and Chair of Physics and Astronomy Yumi Ijiri demonstrates to third-year student Ian Hunt-Isaak how to use an argon-filled glovebox to handle air-sensitive samples of an iron- or cobalt-containing fluid. In her research, she and her students are interested in explaining the unusual properties of magnetic nanoparticles in solution. Magnetic nanoparticles are tiny magnets that are used in a variety of biomedical and data storage applications.
Ijiri says she enjoys the discovery process when she works with students. “The most satisfying part of working with student researchers is sharing the excitement of finding out something new, learning about something when we’re really not sure what the answer might be,” she says.
Photograph by Jennifer Manna
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Nearest Airport: CLE
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7% from abroad
and 40+ theater & dance
productions every year
Oberlin graduates go on to earn
than alumni of other undergraduate colleges
Steinway grand pianos,
1,500 instruments of highest quality
in grants awarded to
students each year