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Particle-based Functional Materials REU for Energy, Sustainability and Biomedicine

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Today's advances don't happen in isolation, but instead occur at the intersections of two or more technologies. This is especially true in biomedicine, sustainability, and energy. Our program focuses on what we call particle-based Functional Materials (PFM). The focus area is comprised of computational and experimental studies of particulate materials that fulfill a specific function, either because of their discrete nature or due to the influence of particles on structure. Such systems include: material self-healing, controlled delivery of therapeutics, "smart" catalysis, and particle separations, to name a few.

Our REU is based on the premise that the successful engineer of the future will need to be able to seamlessly traverse the boundary between these seemingly disparate technology areas. In order to equip our students to become the "nimble thinkers" necessary in the changing economy, the PFM-REU program explicitly focuses on enhancing students' knowledge integration skills as well as their ability to engage in product innovation, while building their base of knowledge in a specific area. This is accomplished by combining the traditional research of an REU site with a tailored workshop series, a (product) translation exercise, and an innovating "cross-training" internship. Workshop topics include: product innovation, particle production -- inorganic and organic, microscopy techniques, suspension/rheology measurements, particle-based simulation, information literacy, ethics, communication skills.

Participating Institution(s):
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University of Pittsburgh (Lead)

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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Biomedical Engineering
Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
Materials Science & Engineering
Mechanical & Industrial Engineering

Simulation Modeling
Sustainable Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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