REU: Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure

For information contact

Terese Janovec
Assistant Director & Education/Outreach Coordinator
Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience

New processes are explored by a summer scholar and her advisor.
New processes are explored by a summer scholar and her advisor.

Application Dates

Nov 15 2016 App opens
February 1 Priority deadline
March 1 App closes
April 1 Decisions complete

Program Dates

June 4 2017 Arrival day
June 5 Program begins
August 9 Program ends
August 10 Departure day

Who should apply

Related fields

  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Materials Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • 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

See Eligibility for more information.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

About the Program

The Nebraska Nanoscale Facility (NNF) is a member of the NSF-funded National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) program which includes 16 major research centers in nanomaterials throughout the US. NNF, with support  from the Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) provides researchers from academia,  government, and industry access to facilities with leading-edge instrumentation which enables innovations, discoveries, and contributions to education and commerce.  

NNF offers a 10-week summer fellowship that provides undergraduate students with an opportunity for interdisciplinary research in a nanoscale science or engineering laboratory on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The Nebraska Nanoscale Facility summer research REU includes faculty mentors from the following university departments:  Physics, Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Civil Engineering and Chemical Engineering. The fellowships will carry a $4,500 stipend for ten weeks of research.

A 2016 scholar tests out a new piece of equipment.
A 2016 scholar tests out a new piece of equipment.


  • Competitive stipend: $4,500
  • Suite-style 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.


  • 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

Mentors and Projects

Dr. Christos Argyropoulos Electrical & Computer Engineering

Modeling the electromagnetic response of new nanomaterials and novel nanophotonic devices

During this project, you will be able to theoretically explore how new nanomaterials and nanophotonic devices interact with light, which is an electromagnetic wave. You will learn the fundamentals of electromagnetic theory and apply your knowledge using an in-house computer-based electromagnetic simulation software. 

Dr. Shudipto Konika Dishari Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Nanoscale Understanding of Transport Limitations in Polymer Thin Films

Nanoscale polymer thin films have potential applications in semiconductor, biomedical and energy applications. Water-polymer confinement and complex interfacial interactions govern the physical, mechanical and transport properties of many nanoscale materials. The structure of such nanoscale films can be distinctly different from bulk micron scale membranes and therefore, one cannot predict the properties of thin films by knowing the bulk membrane properties.

Dr. Yong-Rak Kim Civil Engineering

Nanomechanics to Identify and Model Interphase in Cementitious Materials

Effective properties and performance of cementitious mixtures are substantially governed by the quality of the interphase region, because it acts as a bridge transferring forces between particles and a binding matrix and is generally susceptible to damage/deterioration over time due to mechanical and environmental loads. In spite of advancements made over the last several decades, understanding and modeling the interfacial region of cementitious mixtures still presents important challenges. As non-traditional additives such as recycled aggregates and alternative binding agents are more often used today, there is a growing need of fundamental knowledge to uncover interphase formation mechanisms and a resulting model to predict interphase properties. 

Dr. Siamak Nejati Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Nanostructured Stimuli-responsive Polymers for Nanofiltration

In this project we aim to develop a new platform for creating bio-responsive nanostructured materials, using our unique Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) approach. By creating various topography over structured assemblies and manipulating the chemical environment of these surfaces through CVD polymerization, we create organic interfaces that are suitable for biological separation. Our bottom-up polymerization method is a solvent-free process, making our approach compatible with a variety of applications.

Dr. Sangjin Ryu Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Two-dimensional microfluidics devices for biomolecule detection

The objective of this project is to develop two-dimensional (2D) microfluidic devices, which does not have any walls, for controlled microscale fluid motions and biomolecule detection. The participating REU student will design and fabricate such 2D fluidic devices using controlled surface wettability and porous materials and then characterize their functionality using various experimental techniques. Outcomes from this project will help developing cheap and disposable diagnostic tools.

Dr. Eli Sutter Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Formation of Hybrid Nanomaterials Combining Semiconductor Nanowires with Two-Dimensional Layered Materials

This summer project will focus on establishing the synthesis of hybrid materials combining Ge nanowires (NWs) and two-dimensional layered crystals of transition metal di-chalcogenides. The growth will be carried out in a dedicated chemical vapor deposition reactor. The grown hybrid nanostructures will be characterized by optical, scanning electron microscopy and luminescence spectroscopy with nanometer resolution. The project will provide hands-on experience with the synthesis of these novel hybrid nanomaterials and characterization of their properties, as well as valuable opportunities to participate in state-of-the-art research.

Dr. Xiaoshan Xu Physics & Astronomy

Organic thin films for next-generation information technology

In the quest for devices of desirable functions demanded by the modern technology and low cost required by the economy, structures containing organic thin films stand out for their flexibility, environment friendliness, light weight and energy efficiency. In particular, organic light-emitting diode, organic spin valves, and organic photovoltaics have attracted much attention lately. In this project, we focus on growth of organic thin films with controllable interface with inorganic materials.

Dr. Qin Zhou Mechanical & Materials Engineering

Making graphene based acoustic transducers

The student will learn to use methods such as chemical vapor deposition, vacuum filtration, and spin casting to make graphene membranes or graphene based composite membrane. Later he/she will use micro fabrication facilities to make flat perforated electrodes and assemble a loudspeaker/microphone. Electronic circuit design will also be investigated for the driving/detection of the membrane.