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REU 2012

In Summer 2012, the Nano Research Facility hosted eight undergraduate interns. Listed below are the research projects the interns worked on.

    1. Fabrication of Metallic and Dielectric Nanowires for Realizing Optical Filters
    2. Synthesis of Nanomaterials for Lithium-Ion Batteries for Electric Vehicles
    3. Identifying Carbon Nanostructures (Fullerenes) in Cigarette Ash
    4. Monitoring and Imaging Hypoxic Cells and Tissues with Perfluorinated Near-Infrared Fluorescent Micelles
    5. Strain Color Coding Using Localized Surface Plasmon Resonance of Gold Nanoparticles
    6. Synthesis of QDs by Aerosol Reactor
    7. Translocation of Nanoparticles in the Olfactory System and Transport to the Brain
    8. Effects of Membrane Surface Modification on Calcium Carbonate Fouling and Membrane Efficiency
Mr. Adam Roberge
From: Waynesburg College
Major: Chemical Engineering
NNIN REU PI: Daren Chen
Project Title: Synthesis of QDs by Aerosol Reactor 
 
Ms. Amanda Ellison
From: University of Missouri-Rolla
Major: Biochemistry
NNIN REU PI: Viktor Gruev
Project Title: Fabrication of metallic and dielectric nanowires for realizing optical filters
Mr. Ian MacKenzie
From: Geneva College
Major: Chemistry
NNIN REU PI: John Fortner
PProject Title: Identifying carbon nanostructures (fullerenes) in cigarette ash
Mr. Jared Newton
Mr. Jonathan Schoening
From: Clarke College
Major: Biochemistry
NNIN REU PI: Pratim Biswas
Project Title: Translocation of Nanoparticles in the Olfactory System and Transport to the Brain 
Ms. Whitney Wong
Ms. Kaleigh Margita
From: Newberry College
Major: Chemistry
NNIN REU PI: Samuel Achilefu
Project Title: Monitoring and imaging hypoxic cells and tissues with perfluorinated near-infrared fluorescent micelles
  Mr. Peter Luo
From: Princeton University
Major: Chemical Engineering
NNIN REU PI: Richard Axelbaum 
Project Title: Synthesis of nanomaterials for Lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles


"I really enjoyed the NNIN REU experience. It gave me a very clear example of what I could expect in graduate school as well as help me make some very important connections. It was very well organized and the convocation especially was well put together and ran very smooth. Plus the convocation was very significant professionally because it gave me experience in presenting research data in front of a group of people. The experience at Wash U was also very good. The science museum demonstrations were fun and gave us a good volunteer opportunity to get kids interested in science. I also really liked the group trips and barbecues that were organized to kind of get everybody hanging out together."

Jared Newton, NRF REU Intern 2012