2014 Biofuels and Nanohybrid Materials

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SROP: Algal Biofuels and Nanohybrid Materials

Join our summer program and participate in interdisciplinary research in Algal Biofuels and Nanohybrid Materials!

            Redox scholars

2014 Dates and Stipend

Start: June 2, 2014
End: August 6, 2014
Stipend: $5,000

Contact Info

Dr. Patrick Dussault
Co-Director, Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials

Who Should Apply

Related majors and areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Physics
  • Biological Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Other related fields


Participation in the Nebraska Summer Research Program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Current undergraduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree
For more information, refer to the eligibility page.

How to Apply

Steps and Required Items

To apply, follow these application steps to submit the following materials.

Application Timeline

  • Fri., Nov. 15, 2013 — Application opens
  • Sat., Feb. 1, 2014 — Priority deadline
  • Mon., Feb. 17, 2014 — Application deadline
  • Sat., Mar. 15, 2014 — Decisions complete
See more timeline information.

Events and Benefits

Program Events

  • Campus and department orientation
  • Department seminars and presentations
  • Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)
  • Welcome picnic
  • Day trip to Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo
  • Canoe and camping trip
  • Research symposium


  • Competitive stipend
  • Double-occupancy room and meal plan
  • Travel expenses to and from Lincoln
  • Campus parking and/or bus pass
  • Full access to the Campus Recreation Center and campus library system
  • Wireless internet access
Learn more about academic and financial benefits.

Research and Mentors

Redox work
The NSF-supported Nebraska Research Infrastructure Improvement program (2010-2015) supports major research centers or clusters in two areas:   nanomaterials and algal biofuels.  The Center for Nanohybrid Functional Materials includes University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty researchers in the following departments:  Biological Systems Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemistry, Electrical Engineering, and Physics & Astronomy. The Algal Biofuels group includes UNL faculty researchers from the Departments of Biochemistry and the School of Biological Sciences.

The two groups are combining to offer six summer research fellowships which will provide students with an opportunity for interdisciplinary training involving either a defined collaboration between a biofuels and a nanohybrid materials lab or a research rotation involving experiences in both a biofuels and a nanohybrid materials laboratory.  The fellowships will carry a $5,000 stipend for ten weeks of research in Lincoln.

2014 Mentors and Projects

School of Biological Sciences (Biofuels)
Optimization of Chlorella strains for biomass production
Biochemistry (Biofuels)
Identification and characterization of chemical triggers of lipid synthesis and storage in algae for biofuel production
Biochemistry (Biofuels)
Improving the oil content and fatty acid composition of microalgae for biofuels and biobased lubricants
Plant Pathology (Biofuels)
Isolation and characterization of large dsDNA viruses that replicate in green algae and functional analysis of their gene products
Civil Engineering (Nanohybrid Materials)
Use of Slanted Columnar Thin Film and QCMD/SE to Investigate the Transport of Nanoparticles and Proteins in the Environment
Chemistry and Electrical Engineering (Nanohybrid Materials)
Nanomaterial-based Supports for Rapid Chromatographic Separations
Chemistry and Electrical Engineering (Nanohybrid Materials)
Immobilization of Redox Proteins on Gold-modified GLAD Structures for Enhanced Bioelectrocatalysis
Biological Systems Engineering and Electrical Engineering (Nanohybrid Materials)
Nanostructured Thin Films as Biomaterial Interfaces for Enhanced Substrate-Mediated Gene Delivery
School of Biological Sciences and Chemistry (Collaboration between Biofuels and Nanohybrid Materials)
Chemical probes for identification of oxylipin binding proteins in plants and algae