Research Topics

Research in the NSF REU involves the development and study of novel nano-scale, structured materials.  Faculty hosting students study condensed matter physics using new materials (electrical, optical, quantum mechanical properties), develop new ways to create them using chemistry or nano-fabrication techniques, and investigate engineering applications.  The research goals within each individual lab can involve projects related to physics, engineering, materials science and chemistry and are highly interdisciplinary due to our strong collaboration with the Center for Nano-scale Science. An abbreviated list of research topics and professors who host undergraduate research in those fields is listed below.

  • Physical Properties of Materials:
  • Simulations of Materials:
    • Computational condensed matter physics and materials science (Sofo, Crespi, DaboChen, Fichthorn, Rechtsman)
      • energy storage, photonics, electric, magnetic, quantum at the interface
  • Chemistry of Nanoscale materials (Organic and Inorganic)
    • nano-materials (nano-particle, nano-scale structures) inorganic chemistry (Terrones, Shaak,  A. Sen, Robinson, Mao, others.)
      • photovoltaics, carbon nanotubes, photonics, energy storage, graphene, 2D materials, nanomotors
    • chemistry and physics of novel nano-structured organic materials (Keating, Velegol, Cremer, Zarzar, Keim)
      • active matter, biomimetics, self-assembly, interfaces, bilayers, biosensors, colloids, complex materials.
  • Nanoscale Materials Design and Fabrication (Devices and Device Physics)

Previous Projects:
Below are some highlight slides  showing research projects from former students with involved faculty: