Research Experience for Undergraduates

a 10-week nanotechnology research experience
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


2016 nano@illinois REU Research Projects

  • Mechanical Devices from 2D Materials, Fatou Cisse - Faculty Mentor Arend van der Zande (Mechanical Science and Engineering)
  • High Electron Mobility GaN Heterostructures, Larissa Del Rosario - Faculty Mentor Can Bayram (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Nanoimaging of Polymeric Systems, Boris Djiguemde - Faculty Mentor Rohit Bhargava (Bioengineering)
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Gold nanorod MOF Core Shell Structures, Christian Franco - Faculty Mentor Catherine Murphy (Chemistry)
  • Quantitatively Characterizing Kinase Phosphorylation by Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor Signal, Nicole Grubb - Faculty Mentor Princess Imoukhuede (Bioengineering)
  • Design and Fabrication of Programmable Micro-Architectured Materials, Daniel Jacques - Faculty Mentor Sameh Tawfick (Mechanical Science and Engineering)
  • Microvascular Network for Chemo-Mechanical Actuation, Zachary Roga - Faculty Mentor Sameh Tawfick (Mechanical Science and Engineering)
  • Spatial Gene Expression Analysis from Tissue, Brianna Thornton - Faculty Mentor Rashid Bashir (Bioengineering)
  • Graphene Kirigami Sensors, Erik Vyhmeister - Faculty Mentor SungWoo Nam (Mechanical Science and Engineering)
  • Tunable Plasmonic Bowties, Eric Wynne - Faculty Mentor Joseph Lyding (Electrical and Computer Engineering)


2015 nano@illinois REU Research Projects

  • Textured Graphene-Cased Strain Sensor, Ernesto Garcia - Faculty Mentor SungWoo Nam (Mechanical and Science Engineering)
  • Mechanical Properties and Dissoulution Kinetics of Biodegradable Porours Silicon/Biopolymer Composites for Transient Device Platforms, Keaton Jaramillo - Faculty Mentor Paul Braun (Materials Science and Engineering)
  • α-Synuclein’s Interaction with Liposomes of Fixed Curvature, Jennifer Lot - Faculty Mentor Catherine Murphy (Chemistry)
  • Optimization of a Secondary Anchor Targeted Cell Release and Microfluidic Surface, Vesna Naumovski - Faculty Mentor Princess Imoukhuede (Bioengineering)
  • Plasmonic Metal Heterodimers in Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, Sahil Nayyar - Faculty Mentor Rohit Bhargava (Bioengineering)
  • The Transfer Printing of CNT’s, Pedro Ortega - Faculty Mentor Sameh Tawfick (Mechanical and Science Engineering)
  • The Effectiveness of Protein Corona on Receptor Mediated Endocytosis of Naked and Pre-coated Nanoparticles, Soyun Park - Faculty Mentor Mary Kraft (Chemistry)
  • Continuous Nanowire Synthesis via Laser Assisted Drawing and Nanowire Templates for Carbon, Nicholas Pino - Faculty Mentor Sameh Tawfick (Mechanical and Science Engineering)
  • Associated Plasmonic and Photothermal Properties of Palladium Concave Nanocubes Coated with Gold Using a DNA Mediated Synthesis, Nikou Pishevaresfahani - Faculty Mentor Yi Lu (Chemistry)
  • Modifying Gold Nanoparticle Surfaces with Peptides to Enhance Localization to the Nucleus of MCF10a Cells, Rumya Raghavan - Faculty Mentor Rohit Bhargava (Bioengineering)
  • Effect of Graft Density of Thermoresponsive Polymer Brushes on Bulk Conductivity, Emily Thai - Faculty Mentor Paul Braun (Materials Science and Engineering)


2014 nano@illinois REU Research Projects

  • Using Gold Nanorods as Light-triggered Drug Delivery Platforms, Andrew Wang - Faculty Mentor Catherine J. Murphy (Chemistry)
  • DNA Guided Growth of Palladium Nanoparticles, Arzeena Ali - Faculty Mentor Yi Lu (Chemistry)
  • Bioconjugated Gold Nanoparticles for E-cadherin Targeting in MCF-10A Cells, Craig Richards - Faculty Mentor Rohit Bhargava (Bioenegineering)
  • Fabricating Self-Rolled Tubes, Halley Pollock-Muskin - Faculty Mentor Xiuling Li (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Coupling of Electronic Intersubband Transitions to Surface Phonon Modes, Josephine Hovhannessian - Faculty Mentor Dan Wasserman (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Graphene Nanopores for Protein Sequencing, Leila Sloman - Faculty Mentor Aleksei Aksimentiev (Physics)
  • Control over Molecular Transport through Nanoporous Gold with Applied Potential, Meifeng Lin - Faculty Mentor Ryan Bailey (Chemistry)
  • Hydrogen Sensor Reaction Time and Sensitivity, Mohammad Jaber - Faculty Mentor Lynford Goddard (Electrical and Computer Engineering)
  • Biosensors Using Gold Nanoparticles, Nelliza Medero - Faculty Mentor Catherine J. Murphy (Chemistry)
  • Detection of Cell Attachment on Planarized Photonic Crystal Biosensor, Shaquille Lewis - Faculty Mentor Brian Cunningham (Bioengineering)


REU Related Campus Resources

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST)

Micro and Nanotechnology Laboratory (MNTL)

FS Materials Research Laboratory (FSMRL)

Institute for Genomic Biology (IGB)

Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The College of Engineering

Network for Computational Nanotechnology/nanoHub

Campus I-STEM Program

Office of Minority Student Affairs

Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Commitment to Disability Access


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