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NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates in

“Novel Materials and Processing in Chemical and Biomedical Engineering”


The Departments of Chemical Engineering, Bio-Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Physics at the University of Illinois at Chicago are pleased to announce the completion of the Summer Research Fellowship Program for 2013. Eleven fellowships were sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program. Summer fellows had the opportunity to conduct research in Novel Materials and Processing in chemical and biomedical engineering in an academic setting. This program welcomed students in Science and Engineering.

The location of UIC in the heart of Chicago offers a particularly advantageous situation for engineering and science students because of the enormous amount of chemical industry and medical institutions in the Chicago area. UIC is the only public engineering school in the city. The UIC Engineering Departments have grown rapidly with highly active faculty members, undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. We are located in the east campus of UIC.


The projects spanned a broad range of topics

bullet Tunability and Electrical Properties of Yttria-doped-ceria Films Fabricated via Atomic Layer Deposition
bullet Analysis of the Promoter-Catalyst Interaction between Mn and Rh by Transmission Electron Microscopy 
bullet Fabrication of Oxygenation Microfluidic Devices for Cell Cultures
bullet Optimization for Sustainability of Integrated Ecological-Economic Model System of Planet
bullet Effect of Storage Temperature on Ti-6Al-4V Surface Wettability
bullet Wetting Behavior of Cerium Oxide Films Grown by Pulsed Laser Deposition
bullet The Investigation of the Surface Chemistry of Ethylene and Methyl Iodide on Ru(001) using Reflection Absorption Infrared Spectroscopy
bullet Selective Atomic Layer Deposition of Zirconium Oxide on Copper Patterned Silicon Substrate
bullet Percolation Properties of Triangles With Variable Aspect Ratios
bullet Chemical Kinetics of Ethane Oxidation and Methane Oxidation with Platinum
bullet Spreading of a Herschel-Bulkley Fluid using Lubrication Approximation

Emphasis is placed on using state-of-the-art experimental and computational facilities. Special events such as seminars, tutorials, workshops, visits to local industries, and socials were planned throughout the summer.


Program Description

bullet Participants work for a summer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, collaborating with faculty and staff on current research projects on novel advanced materials and processing with applications in biomedical, electrical and chemical engineering.
bullet Open to students who are not graduating before December 2013. US citizenship or permanent residence is required.
bullet Selection is based on applicant's academic standing, a brief statement of interest, and two faculty references.
bullet Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
bullet Award includes: $4,100 stipend, and up to $400 for travel. Financial assistance of up to $1,300 is available for campus housing; this should cover the full housing expense.
bullet The program began on May 27, 2013 and ended on August 1, 2013.

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Last updated: 11/13/2013.