NanoSafe REU at West Virginia University – Apply by March 18th!

Design, Characterization, and Toxicity Assessment of Safe Advanced Performance Nanomaterials

REU participants are trained on research projects that support the design of safer and more effective nanoparticles that have been characterized and assessed for potential toxicity. The research activities focus on multifunctional nanomaterials and support improved material design with attention to properties that impact human and environmental health. The REU Site provides a diverse pool of projects through 18 faculty advisors each supporting independent research integrated within three NanoSAFE areas of focus: (1) design and fabrication of advanced performance nanomaterials, (2) biomolecular and inorganic material characterization, (3) and toxicity assessment. These research foci support an iterative approach enabling researchers to realize high performance nanomaterials that can safely support manufacturing processes. Faculty collaborate across research groups and students have access to cutting-edge technology in nanolithography, nanotemplating, material self-assembly, electrochemistry, spectroscopy, microscopy, fluidics, and unique tools required to elucidate complex facets of nanotoxicity. Upon completing this REU experience, undergraduate students will actively contribute to innovative research that advances nanotechnology manufacturing, while receiving professional development throughout the 10-week summer activity through workshops, speakers, and scientific conferences.

We offer a unique summer research experience for undergraduate students in science, engineering, or mathematics disciplines. The program is pending funded by the National Science Foundation Divisions of Materials Research and Chemistry (DMR-1004431) with recreational activities funded by WVU Research Corporation and the WVU Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Our program runs May -July and takes place at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV.


Completion of this electronic form constitutes the first part of your application to the Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU Site.

Application Portal Here

You must also submit (regular mail preferred): 1) official or unofficial verifiable undergraduate transcripts (sent directly) and 2) a recommendation letter from a faculty member within your discipline or from a research adviser (sent directly and preferably from a faculty member at your home institution) which addresses your potential/abilities/motivation for engaging in research to:

Nanotechnology-NanoSAFE REU Site Application – 2016
c/o NanoSAFE
313 White Hall PO Box 6315
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6315
Tel: (304)293-7382; email:


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