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Overview of Current Research Areas

The Nanoscience and Microsystems REU program offers a wide range of projects and aims to make the best matches between student and project. Projects for the 2018 program have been tentatively defined below. When applying to the NSMS REU program, applicants are encouraged to indicate their preferences for specific projects.

Nanoscience of Biosystems: Nanoparticle Platforms for Targeted Delivery, Polymerization of a “Smart” Cell Culture Biomaterial, Biosensor Detection of Protein Aggregate Toxicity, Antimicrobial Coatings of Oligo Phenylene Ethynylenes, Nanomechanics of Osteoporotic Bones.

Complex Functional Systems: Nanostructured Flexible Fibers For Energy Storage, Radiometric Characterization of Focal Plane Arrays, Capillary Effects on Tribology in MEMS devices, Focusing and Separation of Analytes in Microfluidics, Electrocaloric materials for thin film heat engines.

Nanomaterials for Energy Conversion: Non-Platinum Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cells, Support Effects in Heterogeneous Catalysts, Conjugate Polymer Composites for Solar Cells, High-Efficiency Multijunction Photovoltaics, Light Harvesting with Cooperative Binary Ionic Solids.