REU Program in Sustainable Nanotechnology

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The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology, through support from the National Science Foundation, hosts a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on Sustainable Nanotechnology.  Selected participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research in collaboration with one more principal investigators of the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology. Each student will be located at one of the participating institutions but will interact with faculty and students at all institutions via in-person and cyber-enabled interactions. (CSN institutions are the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Augsburg College, Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Tuskegee University, University of Illinois, University of Iowa, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.)  

Research projects include: 

  • Synthesis and functionalization of novel types of nanomaterials
  • Molecular-level interaction of nanomaterials with lipid bilayers
  • Influence of surface ligands and nanoparticle bulk composition on uptake of nanoparticles by organisms
  • Molecular-level changes induced in organisms by exposure to nanoparticles
  • Development and application of methods for in situ characterization of nanomaterials in biological/environmental matrices
  • Computational characterization and prediction of SNPs across many scales (from angstroms to meters)

Program Highlights:

  • Faculty-led seminars on various topics in sustainability and nanotechnology
  • Tutorials on applying to, surviving, and excelling in graduate school
  • Presentation of your research results and conclusions to other students and faculty
  • Social activities with other students in the REU program
  • Training in cross-disciplinary research linking chemistry with biological science and materials science
  • Direct interaction with faculty mentors

Summer 2016 Program Details:


Professor Robert J. Hamers
Director, Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology
1101 University Avenue, Madison WI 53706
Fax: (608) 262-0453

Dr. Andrew Greenberg
College of Engineering
1415 Engineering Drive, Madison WI 53706
Fax: (608) 262-5434