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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 REUSite 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-1559880) 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.


Please check back in October for application to the 2018 NanoSAFE REU Program

REU Program Dates

REU Site Location:

Cutting-edge multidisciplinary nanoscience undergraduate research programs in:


To be eligible for the 2017 Multifunctional-REU program, you must:

Students from groups underrepresented within the STEM disciplines (e.g., women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities), veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces, and students from socioeconomically depressed regions (e.g., Appalachia) are especially encouraged to apply.

Participants will receive:

The program will be held on the campus of West Virginia University, located in Morgantown, WV. Morgantown is surrounded by numerous state parks, beautiful mountains, rivers, and lakes, and is located only 80 miles south of Pittsburgh, PA and 200 miles east of Washington, D.C. The summer months in West Virginia offer unparalleled opportunities for biking, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, whitewater rafting and back country trail hiking.

NOTE: WVU students are not eligible for this WVU-based REU Site. WVU students are encouraged to apply to REU sites at other institutions or to the WVU-based SURE site.