Design, Characterization, and Toxicity Assessment of Safe Advanced Performance Nanomaterials

REU participants are trained on research projects that support the design of safer and more effective nanoparticles that have been characterized and assessed for potential toxicity. The research activities focus on multifunctional nanomaterials and support improved material design with attention to properties that impact human and environmental health. The REU Site provides a diverse pool of projects through 18 faculty advisors each supporting independent research integrated within three NanoSAFE areas of focus: (1) design and fabrication of advanced performance nanomaterials, (2) biomolecular and inorganic material characterization, (3) and toxicity assessment. These research foci support an iterative approach enabling researchers to realize high performance nanomaterials that can safely support manufacturing processes. Faculty collaborate across research groups and students have access to cutting-edge technology in nanolithography, nanotemplating, material self-assembly, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, fluidics, and unique tools required to elucidate complex facets of nanotoxicity. Upon completing this REU experience, undergraduate students will actively contribute to innovative research that advances nanotechnology manufacturing, while receiving professional development throughout the 10-week summer activity through workshops, speakers, and scientific conferences.

We offer a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is pending funded by the National Science Foundation Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry (DMR-1559880) with recreational activities funded by WVU Research Corporation and the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Our program runs May -July and takes place at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.

Applications for the 2016 Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU

Thank you for your interested. The NanoSAFE REU Program is no longer accepting applications for the 2016 Research Team.

Please check back in the November for the 2017 program details.

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Cutting-edge multidisciplinary nanoscience undergraduate research programs in:

Molecular Electronics and Electronic Transduction
Multifunctional Heterostructures
Nano and Microfluidics
Spintronics and Magnetism


To be eligible for the 2016 Multifunctional-REU program, you must:

Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
Be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior (i.e., must have at least finished freshman year by end of the 2015-2016 school year)
Have a minimum of 2.75 GPA in college science, math, and engineering courses

Participants will receive:

Free room and board at West Virginia University
$5,000/summer stipend
Travel allowance
Field trips to National Laboratories and Research Facilities
Team-building activities (rock climbing, ropes course, whitewater rafting, etc.)

The program will be held on the campus of West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, WV. Morgantown is surrounded by numerous state parks, beautiful mountains, rivers, and lakes, and is located only 80 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA and 200 miles east of Washington, D.C. The summer months in West Virginia offer unparalleled opportunities for biking, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and back country trail hiking.

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