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  • Undergrad Students Explore Nanotechnology Research

    MolES sponsored NNIN REU program students

    Five students from different colleges throughout the U.S. are on the University of Washington campus this summer getting their first introduction to nanotech and molecular engineering research.

    As participants in the 2014 National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network Research Experience for Undergraduates (NNIN REU) Program, each member of the group is working on a specific research project and will present his or her findings at a national convocation in August in Atlanta. In total, 60 students are participating at top research universities across the nation through NNIN REU, now in its eighteenth year.

    For ten weeks, the students will work alongside experienced MolES faculty and graduate student mentors in UW labs on biotechnology and clean technology-related projects. Below is an introduction to each of the students and their research projects.


    Jacob Busche
    Undergraduate College: Oregon State
    Principal Investigator: David Masiello
    UW Graduate Student Mentor: Nicholas Bigelow
    Project Title: Optical-frequency magnetism in plasmonic metamaterials: Theory and simulation



    Eve Byington
    Undergraduate College: Cornell University
    Principal Investigator: Deok-Ho Kim
    UW Graduate Student Mentor: Peter Kim
    Project Title: Nano/Microfabricated Polymeric Biomaterials for Stem Cell and Tissue Engineering



    John Ren
    Undergraduate College: Oregon State
    Principal Investigator: Christine Luscombe
    UW Graduate Student Mentor: Jason Lee
    Project Title: Engineering molecules for photovoltaic applications



    Nicholas Stone-Weiss
    Undergraduate College: Juniata College
    Principal Investigator: Xiaodong Xu
    UW Graduate Student Mentor: Gen Clark
    Project Title: Growth of Two-Dimensional Semiconductors and Heterostructures



    Emily Thompson
    Undergraduate College: Arizona State University
    Principal Investigator: Daniel Ratner
    UW Graduate Student Mentors: Shon Schmidt and Pak Khumwan
    Project Title: Silicon Nanophotonics for Clinical Diagnostics