CHEMICAL & BIOMOLECULAR ENGINEERING

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING AND MATERIALS SCIENCE RESEARCH IN INTERFACING SUSTAINABLE ENERGY AND MATERIALS

Research Experience for Undergraduate Participants

UD NSF-REU 2018 Summer Program—APPLICATION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 1, 2018

INTELLECTUAL MERIT

Among the engineering challenges the U.S. faces in the 21st century, energy independence and environmental sustainability require innovative solutions that draw simultaneously from the interface between materials synthesis, characterization, and applications in processes ranging from harvesting solar energy to efficient biomass conversion. Twelve faculty members from the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, together with their graduate students, closely mentor the participants in advanced and high-impact research topics at the sustainable materials-energy interface.

BROADER IMPACTS

This REU site aims to enhance U.S. competitiveness through the development of a diverse and engaged workforce by enabling students to (1) acquire a practical and engaging research experience; (2) develop their interest in pursuing a graduate degree education; (3) understand the graduate school experience and admissions process; (4) develop long-term professional and social connections with fellow participants, graduate students, and faculty. In the long-term, the program seeks to increase student numbers pursuing and completing a graduate education. The scientific impact of this program will be disseminated by research presentations and publications with student co-authors. Finally, this REU site will provide valuable data for ongoing research at the Delaware Education Research and Development Center that will aid assessment and innovation of REU programs nation-wide.

OVERVIEW

The Interfacing Sustainable Energy and Materials program at the University of Delaware (UD) is an integrated team of investigators and projects that fosters undergraduate interest, education, and research skills in a stimulating multi-disciplinary scientific and engineering environment. This REU theme allows students to have a meaningful and positive impact on society through the development of sustainable energy technologies. Additionally, we have secured commitments to visit the global R&D centers of major energy and materials companies to augment laboratory research activities with examples of the translation of science and engineering advances to commercial practice. The REU program includes personal research mentoring, a series of skill-building workshops on best research practices and research ethics, information on the graduate school experience and application process, and opportunities to build research reporting and communication skills through activities.






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