Undergraduate Internship Opportunity at Smart Material Solutions

Smart Material Solutions, Inc. (SMS) is seeking two REU students for 10 week paid summer internships. SMS is a small NC State startup in Raleigh, NC that is developing an advanced nanomanufacturing process called nanocoining. The patented process can seamlessly nanopattern drum molds for roll-to-roll manufacturing hundreds of times faster than competing technologies like electron-beam lithography.

Internship 1: Nanocharacterization This intern will use SMS’s molds to create nanostructured polymer films and perform nanocharacterization to compare the 3D shapes of the nanofeatures in the diamond die, indented mold, and replicated polymer film. This student will receive training on several characterization techniques such as SEM, AFM, and confocal microscopy. SMS prefers a student with a background in materials science, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, or a related field.

Internship 2: Thermal Control System The second REU student will create a temperature control system for SMS’s custom ultrasonic resonant actuator. SMS is interested in hiring a student with a strong background in mechanical engineering, thermal systems, and data acquisition.

For more information, please review this flier. To apply, send your resume to miller@smartmaterialsolutions.com and specify which internship interests you.

RTNN Hosts NNCI REU Convocation

Last month, the RTNN welcomed over 50 guests to Raleigh at the annual NNCI REU Convocation. Participants came from NNCI sites across the country to share their summer research projects with their peers as well as RTNN faculty, staff, and students. The event kicked off with a scavenger hunt where students searched NC State for a variety of landmarks. Attendees also participated in professional development activities that included updates to their LinkedIn profiles and learning how to effectively communicate science to the public. Poster sessions were held on the campuses of Duke and UNC to give students a broader perspective of nanotechnology in the Research Triangle. The entire agenda can be found here and all of the event talks are posted here.      

New Undergraduate Research Opportunity at Smart Materials Solutions

Smart Material Solutions, Inc. (SMS) is seeking two REU students for 10 week paid summer internships. SMS is a small NC State startup in Raleigh, NC that is developing an advanced nanomanufacturing process called nanocoining. The patented process can seamlessly nanopattern drum molds for roll-to-roll manufacturing hundreds of times faster than competing technologies like electron-beam lithography. Internship 1: Simulations of optical properties This student will perform finite different time domain (FDTD) simulations to model and optimize the optical properties of nanostructures. The intern will model anti-reflective coatings as well as light-extraction features for OLED displays and solid-state lighting. This student will also be trained in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Students with a background in optics, modeling, physics, electrical engineering, or a related field are encouraged to apply. Internship 2: Fabrication, characterization, and lamination of nanostructured films This intern will imprint nanostructures into polymer films and characterize their optical and wetting properties. The student will also laminate nanostructures onto devices such as a solar cell and smartphone. This student will receive training on several characterization techniques including SEM, AFM, and UV-Vis spectroscopy. SMS prefers a student with a background in materials science, chemical engineering, nanotechnology, or a related field. For more information, please review this flier. To apply, send your resume to miller@smartmaterialsolutions.com and specify which internship interests you.

RTNN Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU+) Applications Now Available

Applications are now available for the 2016 RTNN Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU+). Students will participate in nanotechnology-related research at one of the RTNN partner universities with follow-on at students’ home institutions in the year after the summer program. RTNN is partnering with the Research Triangle Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) and the UNC-CH Department of Chemistry to organize the inaugural year of this program. Visit our REU page for more information and deadlines.

CEINT Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Applications Now Available

The Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT), an RTNN member facility, will host a 10-week, NSF-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program during the summer of 2016. Research projects will focus on the environmental impact of nanotechnology as it relates to a one or more of the following engineering and science disciplines: biomedical engineering, materials science, biology, chemistry, ecotoxicology, geosciences, and civil & environmental engineering.

The deadline for applications is February 28, 2016. The program will run May 30 – July 29, 2016. For more information, visit the CEINT website.