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Offers Invaluable Research Experience to Students


This past summer the Nano Research Facility (NRF) at Washington University in St. Louis hosted eight talented NNIN REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) interns from across the nation. At the conclusion of the NNIN REU program a convocation was held at a designated location where all the REU interns came together to meet, have fun, and present their research projects to the other students from the other sites.


"Overall I really enjoyed the NNIN REU experience" stated Jared Newton. "It gave me a very clear example of what I could expect in graduate school as well as helped me make some very important connections. Plus the convocation was very significant professionally because it gave me experience in presenting research data in front of a group of people."



The NNIN REU program is designed to give undergraduate students an introductory research experience in nanotechnology. Each year a total of approximately 90-100 students are hosted across the network for a 10-week program. This is spread across a network of 14 NNIN sites. Each student works on an independent research project within their area of interest, using the advanced resources of our laboratories. Because of the breadth of expertise in NNIN, we are able to offer exciting nanotechnology research projects across the spectrum of nanotechnology fields: Electrical Engineering, Materials Science, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Biology, and Biomedical Engineering. Students take advantage of the streamlined training process that NNIN employs for all its users to become proficient in advanced laboratory practices quickly. Projects are scaled to be challenging yet achievable within the 10 week time frame.



Listed below are the research projects the interns worked on in the past two years.

Projects from the summer of 2013

    1. Crumpled Graphene for Applications in Energy and Environment

    2. Near-Infrared Multimodal Nanoscale Metal-Organic Framework (NMOF) Particles for Biomedical Imaging and Anticancer Drug Delivery

    3. Nanostructured Lithium Rich Cathode Materials for High Performance Li-Ion Batteries

    4. Determining the Mechanism(s) of Carbon Fullerene Formation in Cigarette Burning Events

    5. Preparation of Transparent Conducting CuAIO2 Foils

    6. Effects of Hydrophilic Membrane Modifications and Natural Organic Matter Fouling on Reverse Osmosis Membrane Performance

    7. NMR Spectroscopic Investigations of II-VI Nanomaterials

    8. Hybrid Conversion of Lignin: Trees to Fat

    9. Recovery of Silicon from Kerf Loss

Projects from the summer of 2012

    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

If you would like to read more about the REU program or obtain more information this may be found at