Research in the NSF REU ranges from materials physics to nano-scale physics to materials chemistry in part due to our strong collaboration with the Center for Nanoscale science. An abbreviated list of research topics and professors who host undergraduate research in those fields is listed below:

  • nano-particle physics and chemistry (Chan, Terrones, Mallouk, Sen)
  • physics on surfaces (Huang, Mak)
  • computational materials physics (Sofo, Crespi, Dabo)
  • nano and micro patterning (Huang, Zhu)
  • thin film and 2D physics (Trolier-McKinstry, Samarth, Shan, Zhu Robinson)
  • opto-electronic properties of materials (Zhu, Shan, Mak)
  • electrical properties of materials (Samarth, Zhu,Trolier-McKinstry,Gomez, Mohney,Li, Hudson, Y. Liu, Shan, X. Liu (theory) )
  • materials physics and chemistry (Sen, Maynard, Mallouk, Chan, Gopalan, Keating, Velegol)
  • bio-materials (Huang, Abidian, Butler)
  • magnetic properties of nano- materials (Samarth)

What is research at Penn State like?
Below are some abstracts and highlight slides from previous years below: