Apply now! RTNN Research Experience for Undergraduates, Summer 2022

The Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network is seeking applicants for their Summer 2022 Research Experience for Undergraduates program on hybrid perovskites!

Hybrid perovskites are exciting materials that enable state-of-the-art technology for solar cells, lighting, lasers and more. We are seeking undergraduate applicants to experience novel research on this topic during Summer 2022 under the guidance of renowned faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University, and Duke University – all working together as the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network (RTNN). Participating faculty span the departments of Chemistry, Physics, Materials Science, and Applied Science.

  • ~12 students will be supported for 10 weeks – starting late May through mid-August
  • Students will experience hands-on contemporary research topics on hybrid organic-inorganic materials including  synthesis and processing, modeling and characterization, and device fabrication and testing
  • Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program and be a US Citizen or permanent resident
  • Students from diverse disciplines and backgrounds are encouraged to apply
  • Selected students will receive a $6,000 stipend in addition to on-campus housing at host institution and relevant travel expenses
  • Applications are due February 4 (letters of recommendation due February 18)
  • Applicants will be notified of acceptance by March 15

Please see our REU webpage for more information and to apply:



New Papers Published on Responsible Innovation of Nanotechnology in Food and Agriculture

RTNN collaborators Maude Cuchiara and Khara Grieger, among others, have published two new papers in NanoImpact addressing topics on responsible innovation for nano-agrifoods, as well as insights on barriers to responsible innovation from a study of US experts, stakeholders, and developers:

Responsible innovation of nano-agrifoods: Insights and views from U.S. stakeholders

  • Stakeholder views of responsible innovation and nano-agrifoods were investigated

  • Views were dominated by environmental, health, and safety contexts.

  • A subset of views emphasized a broader set of responsible innovation considerations.

  • Challenges included lack of safety studies, regulation, and public understanding and acceptance.

  • Future work should broaden considerations for responsible nano-agrifood innovation.

Barriers to responsible innovation of nanotechnology applications in food and agriculture: A study of US experts and developers


  • This study reports the first typology of barriers to responsible innovation as perceived by researchers and product developers working in nano-agrifood sectors.

  • Identified 5 key barriers: Lack of Data, Need for Ensuring Marketability & Use, Lack of Product Oversight, Need for Increased Collaboration, and Lack of Adequate Training & Workforce.

  • Elucidates tensions between theoretical values inscribed within responsible innovationand the practical R&D within nano-agrifood sectors.

  • Identifies opportunities to improve practices and process of responsible innovation across these innovation phases as they pertain to nano-agrifood sectors.


RTNN with NC State College of Textiles @ IFAI Expo

Attending IFAI 2017? Stop by the NC State College of Textiles at Booth A234 to meet us and learn what opportunities are available for making and studying advanced textiles through the Research Triangle Nanotechnology Network!

Through us, you have access to experts and facilities that cater to advanced textiles!

With the NC State College of Textiles, the RTNN has unparalleled expertise and experience in research and analysis of advanced textile materials. The RTNN connects you with expert technical staff and faculty to provide:

  • Training for users to independently operate equipment
  • Fabrication and analytical services
  • Consultation, collaboration, and support for process and instrumentation development
  • In-person and web-based workshops and interactive demonstrations on state-of-the-art techniques within the network

Click here to browse facilities and capabilities available through RTNN!

We have ways to get you started…for free

Our Kickstarter Program allows members of the nanotechnology and greater scientific communities, who would otherwise not have the financial resources, up to $1,000 to use in RTNN facilities. Decisions usually returned within one week.

Click here to learn more about this program and apply today!

New to nanotechnology and want to learn more? Become an expert by taking our free online course.

The RTNN recently launched Nanotechnology: A Maker’s Course on the Coursera learning platform. This course is totally free to take and will help you learn all the basics of fabrication and characterization at the nanoscale.

Get started today: click here to visit our course website.

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