Materials Science and Engineering

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:AI-Accelerated Design of Synthesis Routes for Metastable Materials
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Richard Hennig, rhennig@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): TBD
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: $12 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: Apply Anytime
Website:  http://hennig.mse.ufl.edu
Project Description(s): One of the grand challenges in materials science and physics is the control and processing of matter away from equilibrium. An example is the challenge of room-temperature superconductors. The recently discovered high-pressure hydrides have reached the longstanding goal of room temperature superconductivity. However, they are considered useless for technology because they decompose when returned to ambient pressure. Similar problems are encountered with other materials such as magnets and superhard systems. Metastable materials offer a promising way forward. In this project, we will use machine learning methods and genetic algorithms to train models of the energy landscape of materials. We will apply these techniques to search for novel phases, determine their thermodynamic stability, and study their phase transformations. The student will gain experience in machine learning, condensed-matter physics, materials science, and computer simulations.

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 #1: Biomedical Applications of Magnetic Nanoparticles
Department: Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Carlos Rinaldi-Ramos, 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.
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 #2: Nanoparticle Science and Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Carlos Rinaldi-Ramos, carlos.rinaldi@bme.ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): varies
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Passion for science and engineering, interest in research and in advancing technology, self-driven. Students from Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering encouraged to apply.
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 has projects in the area of nanoparticle science and engineering. We aim to develop and scale-up methods of nanoparticle synthesis, apply state-of-the-art instrumentation to characterize nanoparticle properties, and explore novel applications of nanoparticles. Current projects focus on ferrite and ceramic particles with magnetic or electronic properties suitable for a wide range of applications.

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.

Project Title: Modeling the co-evolution of microstructure and properties
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Michael Tonks, michael.tonks@ufl.edu
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Junior or Senior; 1-4 students a term
Prerequisites: Declared engineering major and EMA 3010: Materials
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None
Application Requirements: Resume, UF unofficial transcripts, letter(s) of recommendation, statement of research interest, and faculty interview; email one pdf file with all application requirements to schedule an interview with Michael Tonks, michael.tonks@ufl.edu
Application Deadline: Rolling until filled
Website:  n/a
Project Description(s): The microstructure of materials in harsh environments evolve over time, causing their performance to degrade. We model the evolution and resultant degradation to make better predictions of the engineering-scale performance and to design optimal materials. Application Examples: Nuclear reactor fuel, Nuclear rocket fuel, Thermal tiles for atmospheric entry, Corrosion prevention, material fabrication, anti-fouling for ship beds.

Project Title: Two-dimensional electron systems at oxide interfaces for energy efficient electronics
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Ryan Need; rneed@ufl.edu 
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, Summer
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior; 2 students but must commit to 1 full academic year
Prerequisites: Passion for science and engineering. Self-driven, able keep their own schedule and plan projects in advance. Interest in research and in advancing technology. Students from Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Physics are encouraged to apply.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, statement of research interest; please email as pdf files; SORI should be no more than 1 page 
Application Deadline: March 1
Website: https://need.mse.ufl.edu/
Project Description(s): Low-dimensional materials like quantum dots (0D) and nanowires (1D) have special properties and behavior because the electrons in them are confined to quantum length scales in at least one spatial direction. Two-dimensional (2D) electron systems are some of the easiest to fabricate into devices and technology, and have already had tremendous impact on society, for example, enabling wireless communication networks. This project studies how mobile electron confined to the between two metal oxides can be controlled through the synthesis of the oxide/oxide interface. Students working on this project will learn vacuum deposition, surface roughness characterization, and electrical conductivity and magnetoelectric measurement techniques.

Project Title: Entropy-stabilized complex oxide synthesis
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Ryan Need; rneed@ufl.edu 
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): n/a
Terms Available: Fall and Spring
Student Level: Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior; 2 students but must commit to 1 full academic year
Prerequisites: Passion for science and engineering. Self-driven, able keep their own schedule and plan projects in advance. Interest in research and in advancing technology. Students from Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, and Physics are encouraged to apply.
Credit:  0-3 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None unless selected for University Scholars
Application Requirements: Resume, statement of research interest; please email as pdf files; SORI should be no more than 1 page 
Application Deadline: March 1
Website: https://need.mse.ufl.edu/
Project Description(s): Entropy-stabilization is the idea that a single homogenous distribution of atoms in a crystal can counterintuitively become *more* stable the more elements you add in. This trick of entropy has been used in metals to create incredibly strong and ductile metals for demanding applications like aerospace and lightweight vehicle construction. This project explores this same idea in a different material system, namely complex oxide crystals composed of one or more metal cations and oxygen anoins. These materials host a wide range of useful behavior – thermoelectricity, magnetism, and superconductivity to name just a few. The goal of this project is to apply entropy-stabilization to create new complex oxide materials with new properties and behaviors. Students will learn how to make oxide compounds through solid state synthesis, analyze crystalline structures using X-ray diffraction, and measure electromagnetic properties.

Project Title: Leveraging Biomaterials for Immune Cell Tuning
Department: Materials Science and Engineering
Faculty Mentor: Erika Moore; moore.erika@ufl.edu 
Ph.D. Student Mentor(s): Varies
Terms Available: Fall, Spring, and Summer
Student Level:  Sophomore or Junior, looking for students willing to commit 3+ semesters to the lab; summer REU students can be at any stage
Prerequisites: A self-motivated and driven student with an interest in experimental research, biomaterials, and scientific writing/communication. Students interested in completing an honors thesis in Materials Science and Engineering are encouraged to apply.
Credit:  0-1 credits via EGN 4912
Stipend: None unless selected for University Scholars or are part of the summer SURF program 
Application Requirements: UF students are encouraged to email Dr. Moore for availability; summer students should apply to the SURF program
Application Deadline: Rolling
Website: https://moore.mse.ufl.edu/our-people/
Project Description(s): The Moore lab’s mission is to leverage biomaterial design for immune cell tuning and disease modeling. Our work is in the areas of biomaterials, immunology, tissue engineering, and wound healing. The Moore lab creed is to be collaborative, innovative, and passionate. Our research uses patient samples to understand immune cell contribution to disease pathology. We also design novel biomaterials to control immune cell functional states. Through this research experience, students will gain skills related to experimental planning, time management, and data analysis. Students will also learn science communication through presentations at the lab, college levels. There will be opportunities for presentations at the national/international level. Initially, Moore lab students work in pairs and independent projects are provided as each student becomes more confident in lab techniques. We seek to create a community that champions all trainees with the inclusion and appreciation of differences in gender, sexuality, disability, age, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and race or culture, etc.