Materials Science and Engineering

Project Title #1: Electrospun Scaffolds for Tissue Engineering
Department:
Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Josephine Allen, jallen@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 2-3 students a term
Prerequisites:  None – just an interest in biomedical research
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Josephine Allen, jallen@mse.ufl.edu to schedule an interview
Application Deadline:  March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  allen.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description: Nano fibrous polymer scaffolds created by electrospinning. Project involves both material and biological characterization.

Project Title #2: Aptamer Mediated Differentiation of Adult Stem Cells
Department:
Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Josephine Allen, jallen@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1 student a term
Prerequisites:  none
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, letter(s) of recommendation, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Josephine Allen, jallen@mse.ufl.edu to schedule an interview
Application Deadline:  March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  allen.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description: This project involves using aptamer molecules to target specific receptors on vascular stem cells and promote their differentiation. This project will involve culturing stem cells and assessing their differentiation down and endothelial cell pathway.

Project Title: Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticle
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jon Dobson, jdobson@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Adam Monsalve, amonsalve5@ufl.edu
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Junior, Senior, 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Undergraduate physics and calculus. CAD design experience is a plus.
Credit:  0-2 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: potential University Scholars, $500 per semester, $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week (if application is successful)
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume; email one pdf file of all documents to Jon Dobson, jdobson@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: August 5, 2016 for Fall 2016 semester; November 1, 2016 for Spring 2017 semester
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/people/dobson_jon
Project Description: The project will focus on the synthesis and functionalization of permalloy magnetic micro particles and their interactions with cells in culture. Part of the project will entail design and 3D printing/fabrication of a magnetic particle-cell separation chamber.

Project Title #1: Biomimetic Bone
Project Title #2:
Biomimetic Approach to Remineralization of Dentin Caries
Project Title #3:
In Vitro Model System of Kidney Stone Formation
Department:
Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Laurie Gower, lgower@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites:  Preference given to junior MSE or BME students with junior standing who have completed MSE EMA3066 coursework, and those who are considering a Ph.D. program.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file of all requirements to request an interview to Laurie Gower, lgower@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://gower.mse.ufl.edu/
Project Description(s): Our group is interested in the materials processing techniques found in biological systems. More broadly, we are examining the interactions between organic and inorganic materials, where biomineralization serves as the source of our inspiration. Biominerals are found in the hard tissues of many organisms, where examples such as bones, teeth, and shells serve as common systems of study.

Project Title: Computational Discovery and Design of 2D Materials for Electronic and Energy Applications
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Richard Hennig, rhennig@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Joshua Paul, joshuapaul@ufl.edu, Josh Gabriel, joshgabriel92@ufl.edu, Michael Ashton
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; about 2 students per term, prefer longer term commitment
Prerequisites:  Interest in computational work is required. Knowledge of linux and experience in a programming language such as python is helpful but not required.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: $10 per hour up to 10 hours a week; potential University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Richard Hennig, rhennig@ufl.edu, to request an interview. awebb@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://hennig.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description(s): The rapid rise of novel 2D materials, presents the exciting opportunity for materials science to explore an entirely new class of materials. This comes at the time when mature computational methods provide the predictive capability to enable the computational discovery, characterization, and design of 2D materials and provide the needed input and guidance to experimental studies.  Materials informatics approaches such as data-mining, machine-learning, and genetic algorithm can identify novel 2D materials with unexpected structures and unusual properties. In this project, the student will learn how to use materials informatics tools and perform high-throughput simulations to discover new 2D materials. We will use density-functional theory to characterize these materials and determine their electronic and magnetic properties, and identify possible applications for these materials as photovoltaics, photocatalysis, transistors, spintronics, etc. The student will gain experience in solid-state physics, computer simulations, and materials informatics.

Project Title #1: ENERGY: Advanced Functional Materials
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Juan Claudio Nino, jnino@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Strong work ethic, independence
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars; future stipend depending on initial performance
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, state of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file of all documents to Juan Claudio Nino, jnino@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website:  nrg.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description: Students will work collaboratively with the member of the Nino Research Group on the synthesis and characterization of advanced functional materials for solid oxide fuel cells and related applications.

Project Title #2: Non-Volatile Memory: Advanced Functional Materials
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Juan Claudio Nino, jnino@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior; 1 student per term
Prerequisites:  Strong work ethic, independence
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars; future stipend depending on initial performance
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, state of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file of all documents to Juan Claudio Nino, jnino@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website:  nrg.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description: Students will work collaboratively with the member of the Nino Research Group on the synthesis and characterization of advanced functional materials for non volatile memory, memristors, and related applications.

Project Title: Simulation of Defects in Alloys
Department:
Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Simon Phillpot, sphil@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Senior; 2 students a term
Prerequisites:  Experience with LINUX and background in materials science, physics or related discipline is required. A course in electronic materials, solid state physics or quantum mechanics would be extremely valuable.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: up to $500 per semester
Application Requirements: Resume, statement of research interest, faculty interview; email one pdf file of application and resume to Simon Phillpot, sphil@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: September 15 for fall/spring semester appointment
Website:  phillpot.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description(s): High Entropy Alloys are an exciting new class of metal alloys in which 4 or more elements are present in approximately equal proportion. This project involves the use of electronic structure calculations at the level of Density Functional Theory to determine key defect properties of metallic alloy systems.

Project Title: Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles
Department: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): varies
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, 2-5 students per term (new students when positions open)
Prerequisites:  Passion for science and engineering, interest in research and in advancing technology, self-driven. Students from Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering encouraged to apply. Students from other engineering disciplines inquire before applying.
Credit:
  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume and statement of research interest; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Carlos Rinaldi, carlos.rinaldi@bme.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  http://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/rinaldi/
Project Description: The Rinaldi lab is interested in biomedical applications of magnetic nanoparticles. We combine particle synthesis, modification, and characterization and fundamental understanding of response to magnetic actuation to advance applications in biomedical imaging, therapeutic delivery, and nanoscale thermal therapy. The research is interdisciplinary, combining concepts from biomedical, chemical, electrical, and materials science and engineering.

Project Title: Superhydrophobic Coatings
Department:
Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Wolfgang Sigmund, sigmund@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring
Student Level: Senior; 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites:  Declared engineering major
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, faculty interview; email one pdf file of application and resume to Wolfgang Sigmund, sigmund@ufl.edu to request an interview
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring term
Website:  sigmund.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description(s): We fabricate and test superhydrophobic coatings and characterize them. Such coatings repel water and oil, reduce ice formation and have many more exciting properties.

Project Title #1: Flexible Solar Cells
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jiangeng Xue, jxue@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 2 students a term
Prerequisites:  Declared engineering major; MSE major preferred
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars or selected as REM students (Fr./So.) in MSE dept.
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; For Fr./So. applying for the REM program, see MSE academic office (108 RHN); otherwise contact Dr. Xue directly by emailing one pdf file with all application requirements to Jiangeng Xue, jxue@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: Nov. 15 for REM otherwise March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website:  http://xue.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description(s): Flexible solar cells based on organic electronic materials have the potential to drastically reduce the manufacturing and installation costs for solar cells, thus making solar electricity competitive against conventional fossil-fuel based electricity generation.  In this project, we will develop new organic semiconductors to improve the power conversion efficiency of the organic solar cells.

Project Title #2: Quantum Dots for Lighting and Displays
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Jiangeng Xue, jxue@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior, Senior; 1 Junior and 1 Senior per term
Prerequisites:  Declared MSE major
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, UF unofficial transcripts, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to Jiangeng Xue, jxue@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: March 1 for Summer and Fall terms; November 1 for Spring Term
Website:  http://xue.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description(s): Colloidal quantum dots have unique size-dependent optical properties.  In this project, we are interested in developing tailored quantum dots to produce high-performance light-emitting devices (LEDs) for lighting and display applications.

Project Title: Development of Drug Eluting Cardiovascular Medical Devices
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Antonio Webb, awebb@mse.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Sophomore, Junior, Senior; 1-2 students a term
Prerequisites:  none
Credit:  3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: none unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Basic online application, resume, faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to schedule an interview with Antonio Webb at awebb@mse.ufl.edu
Application Deadline: September 15 for fall/spring semester appointment
Website:  n/a
Project Description(s): Injury after vascular repair (stenting, bypass grafting, etc.) often results in vessel injury leading to restenosis and occlusion. We aim to mitigate restenosis by delivering drugs directly from the implanted medical devices used in vessel repair.