Jake specializes in analysis of micro- and nano-scale particles utilizing transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and energy-dispersive x-ray spectrometry (EDS). He is interested in the characterization of nano-particles used in industry and consumer products. Jake also has experience with polarized light microscopy (PLM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM).
- M.S., Geological Sciences, University of Alabama, 2013
- B.S.G., Geological Sciences, University of Alabama, 2011
- McNeal, K.S., Spry, J.M., Mitra, R., Tipton, J.L. Measuring Student Engagement, Knowledge, and Perceptions of Climate Change in an Introductory Environmental Geology Course. Journal of Geoscience Education: November 2014, Vol. 62, No. 4, pp. 655-667. (PDF)
- McNeal, K.S., Anderson, E., Ezell, J.E., Guthrie, C., Spry, J. 2013. Microelectrodes in marine environments: The exploration of sedimentary sulfide dynamics in shallow estuaries, salt marshes, and hypersaline microbial mats. In Microelectrodes: Techniques, Structures for Biosensing and Potential Applications (Eds. Lei, K.F.). Nova Publishing, Hauppauge, NY.
- M.S. Thesis, The University of Alabama (2013): “Investigating the presence and distribution of organic components in bacterial magnetite.” (PDF)
- Outstanding Research by a Master’s Student, University of Alabama
- Outstanding Sophomore/Junior/Senior in Geology, University of Alabama
- UA Dean’s List: Spring 2008 – Spring 2011, President’s List: Fall 2009, Fall 2010
- Former Volunteer, Alabama State Science Olympiad
Learn more about Jake’s work with high resolution TEM imaging of nanomaterials here.