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2008 NNIN REU Program

Dear NNIN REU Interns and Community:

Our time together is officially over, but the research lives on in the reports below! I enjoyed getting to know you a little at the convocation (and a lot over the summer if you were a CNF REU!) and I hope you'll keep in touch as time goes by. We do like know what you are up to and how the program has helped you on your career path. So we'll be in touch with you too!



Ms. Melanie-Claire Mallison
NNIN REU Program Assistant
250 Duffield Hall, CNF
Ithaca NY 14853-2700
Direct: 607-254-4858
E-mail: mallison/at/

Picture: The 2008 NNIN REU Interns at the Cornell University Convocation, August 2008
Charles Harrington Photography
Linked to 400 dpi jpeg.

The 2008 NNIN REU Research Accomplishments

2008NNINreuRA.pdf, a 6MB file

NNIN REU Reports by Section and Last Name, below

  • NNIN Sites, page vi
  • Welcome, page vii
  • 2008 NNIN REU Interns, by Site; pages viii-xiii
  • iREU: Summer Notes, page xiv
  • Index, pages 165-166

2008 NNIN REU Research Accomplishments, by Section and Last Name

Biological Applications, pages 2-37

Synthesis of a BioMEMS Device for Direct Delivery of Cancer Drugs, page 2
Andrew U. Abreu, Materials Science and Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Optimizing the Direct Fabrication of Nanoparticles for Cancer Diagnostics, page 4
Sophia M. Allaf, Applied Health, Azusa Pacific University

Optimization of Step and Flash Imprint Lithography: Imprinting a Substrate for One Step Release of Drug Delivery Nanocarriers, page 6
Elizabeth Cha, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Optimization and Microfabrication of an Electrosonic Ejector Microarray for Intracellular Nanomaterial Delivery, page 8
Allison Connolly, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Nano-Scale Fluidics for Ultra-Compact Lab-On-A-Chip Device Applications, page 10
Ryan Edwards, Biomedical Engineering, University of Oklahoma

Flow Cytofluorometry with a Soft Elastomer-on-Silicon Nano Photonic Device for High-Speed Fluorescence Multi-Spectrum Acquisition, page 12
Jose Guevarra, Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Incorporating Nanocrystals into the Bilayer of Phospholipid Vesicles, page 14
Angela L. Holmberg, Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Glass-Frit Bonding for Selective Functionalization and Packaging of Biosensors, page 16
Pradeep Hothur, Electrical Engineering, San Jose State University

Synthesis and Characterization of Multifunctional Magnetic Nanoparticles for Treatment of Cystic Fibrosis, page 18
Adam Jakus, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Nano & Microfluidics for Single Molecule Biophysics Applications, page 20
Patrick Jurney, Mechanical Engineering, University of Portland

Fluorescent Silver Nanoclusters Self-Assembled on DNA, page 22
Kishore Padmaraju, Physics, University of Rochester

Wireless Remote Biosensor for the Detection of Biological Agents, page 24
Taemee Pak, Chemical Biology, Stony Brook University

Nano Meets Micro: Synthesis of Proteins for the Organization of Nanostructures, page 26
Laurel Schmidt, Undeclared, Carleton College

Direct-Fabrication of Nanoparticles in Cancer Diagnostics, page 28
Trisha Sengupta, Biology, Emory University

Cellulose Fibril Patterning for Real Time Studies of Cellulase Kinetics, page 30
Rachel Simmons, Biological Engineering, Utah Sate University

Fabrication and Optical Characterization of Nanoimprinted Plasmonic Constructs for Biosensor Applications, page 32
Isaias Tesfaslassie, Applied Physics, Appalachian State University

Integration of Biological Observations and Theory into Computer Simulations of Bacterial Binding, page 34
Suron Woods, Bioengineering, Oregon State University

Molecular Immobilization on a Gold Surface Using a Microfluidic Device, page 36
Justine Soo Yun Yoon, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Scanning Nanowire Waveguide for Molecular Imaging of Cancer Cells, page 38
Katherine Aristizabal, Chemistry, Universidad del Valle

Low Field Dynamic Nuclear Polarization for Studying Soft Matter Systems, page 40
Alissa Cote, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Investigation of the Reaction of Benzaldehyde on Titanium Dioxide, page 42
Christina Elias, Chemical Engineering, Ohio State University

Synthesis of Nanostructured Iron Oxide Thin Films for Photocatalytic Hydrogen Production, page 44
Olaronke Latunde, Chemistry, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Synthesis of Copper (II) Oxide Particle and Detection of Photoelectrochemically Generated Hydrogen, page 46
Yu Li, Chemical Engineering, University of California, Davis

Fabrication of Synthetic Trees for the Investigationof Water at Negative Pressures, page 48
Logan Osgood-Jacobs, Engineering, Swarthmore College


Carbon-Based Supercapacitor Test Cell Assembly Optimization, page 50
Jennifer Caraway, Chemistry, University of the Incarnate Word

Post 22 Nanometer, III-V MOSFET Fabrication, page 52
Megan Connors, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland

The Integration of Nanowire Electronics with Top-Down CMOS through Direct Growth, page 54
Jaime Lee, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Heat Removal of Microelectronics through Plasma Technology, page 56
Jessica Lehman, Physics, University of Mary Washington

Nanoscale Inhomogeneous Metal/Semiconductor Contacts, page 58
Yaw Owusu-Boamah, Electrical Engineering and Physics, Virginia Commonwealth University

Capacitance Studies on Organic-Inorganic Thin Film Transistors for Chemical Vapor Sensing Applications, page 60
Arun Swain, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Cornell University

Multiple Transfers of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Silicon Wafers, page 62
Alan S. Teran, Electrical Engineering, University of Florida

High Efficiency Light Emitting Diodes with Nanostructured Surfaces, page 64
Steven Weber, Physics, Dartmouth College


Effects of Annealing on the Electronic Properties of GaAsN, page 66
Christer Akouala, Physics, Appalachian State University

Nanoscale Chemical Patterning for Layer-by-Layer Assembly of Conductive Polymers, page 68
Amy Beasten, Chemical Engineering, Tulane University

Synthesis of Shaped Nanoparticles for 2D Assemblies, page 70
Molly Beernink, Chemistry, Gustavus Adolphus College

Growth of 3C-Silicon Carbide Nanowires using Chemical Vapor Deposition, page 72
Wendi Chang, Physics, Optics, University of Rochester

Fabrication of an Array of Thin Film Solid Oxide Fuel Cells, page 74
Jose Fonseca, Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

Characterization of the Diffusivity of Alkanes Using Lateral Diffusion in Nanoporous Thin Film Glass, page 76
LeMoyne Habimana-Griffin, Biomedical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Characterization and Modeling of Silicon Migration by Hydrogen Annealing, page 78
Tom Hartsfield, Physics, Applied Mathematics, New College of Florida

Spray Pyrolysis of CuInSe2 for Thin Film Photovoltaic Solar Cells, page 80
Oluwatosin Jolaoso, Chemical Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Polymer-Mediated Nanoparticle Assembly for Catalyst and Energy Applications, page 82
Jill Lowman, Chemistry, Old Dominion University

Effects of Phase Separation on Charge Mobility in Polymer Solar Cells, page 84
Andrey Malyutin, Chemistry, Kalamazoo College

Design and Fabrication of Microfluidic Devices for the Study of Flow through Carbon Nanotubes, page 86
Michael Moebius, MSE, and Applied Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Effect of Deposition Parameters in RF-Sputtering of Titanium Dioxide Thin Films for Non-Volatile Memory, page 88
Jiaomin Ouyang, MSE, University of Florida

A Study of Silicon Nanoparticles with Applications to Medical Resonance Imaging, page 90
Daniel Reeves, Physics, Colby College

Metal Oxide Thin Films for LED Applications, page 92
Stephen Rudisill, Chemistry, Beloit College, Wisconsin

Mechanical Devices

Capillarity-Based Reversible Super-Adhesion, page 94
Sarah Grice, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park

Fabrication of a Microelectromechanical Device for On-Chip Mechanical Testing of Nanoscale Thin Films in a Transmission Electron Microscope, page 96
Sarah Koehler, Mechanical Engineering, Cornell University

Optimization of MEMS Fabrication for Electrical Detection, page 98
Joshua Ott, Electrical Engineering, Southern Methodist University

Optics & Opto-Electronics

Enhanced Light Emission Using Plasmonic Au Nanoparticles, page 100
Damian Ancukiewicz, Applied Physics, Columbia University

Do Silicon Nanoparticles Exhibit Optical Gain?, page 102
Justin Foley, Applied Physics and Civil Engineering, Michigan Technological University

Optical Fiber Packaging for Integrated Photonic Structures, page 104
Brielle Graham, Physics, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Nanopatterned Electrodes for Organic Solar Cells, page 106
Jason Jewell, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois
Endomicroscopic Two-Photon Luminescence Imaging of Cancer Cells Using

Molecularly Targeted Gold Nanocages, page 108
Alice F. Meng, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Optimization of Ohmic Contacts and Current Spreading Layers for GaN Based Solar Cells, page 110
Micah S. Points, Electrical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Optical Waveguide Couplers Fabricated by Nano-Imprint Lithography, page 112
Adam Scofield, Electrical Engineering and Physics, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Investigation of Propagation Loss of Passive Si Waveguides Using Two Different Etching Techniques, page 114
Alisha Shutler, Electrical Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Physics & Nanostructure Physics

First Principle Interatomic Force Constants for Thermal Conductivity Applications, page 116
Garron Deshazer, Physics and Computer Science, Emory University

Fabricating a Magnetic Scanning Probe Microscope Tip, page 118
Sergio Oberlin Gonzalez, Mechanical Engineering, University of Texas-Pan American

Atomic Layer Deposition of Thin Film Hafnium Oxide as Top Gate Oxide in Graphene Field Effect Transistors, page 120
Derek Keefer, Chemistry, Beloit College

Grayscale Lithography and Its Application to Screw Dislocations in Colloidal Crystals, page 122
Jillian Kiser, Mechanical Engineering, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Probing the Microscopic Origins of Strain Stiffening in Biopolymer Gels, page 124
Victoria Reeves, Chemistry, Benedict College

Process & Characterization

Using Near-Field Holography to Investigate Super Hydrophobic Surfaces, page 126
Noah Allen, Electrical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Characterization of Graphene-Based Interconnects, page 128
Jason Brooks, Electrical Engineering, University of Memphis

The Diamond Age: Fabrication on Nitrogen-Rich Diamond, page 130
David J. Christle, Physics and Mathematics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Self-Aligned Germanium TFT Flash Memory, page 132
Federico Garcia, Electrical Engineering, Columbia University

Characterization of Nanoscale Quantum Dots-in-a-Well Infrared Sensors, page 134
Jennifer Hou, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Johns Hopkins University

Assembly and Control of Light-Emitting Nanostructures for Near-Field Imaging, page 136
Sunmin Kim, Biological Engineering, Cornell University

Characterization of Thin-Film Polyamide Nanofiltration Membranes, page 138
Verida Leandre, Physics, North Carolina A&T State University

Fabrication and Characterization of Nanoscale Light Sources in Diamond, page 140
Kathleen Martinick, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering, University of New Mexico

Ultra-Thin Epitaxial Germanium on Silicon Pillars for Scaled MOSFET Devices, page 142
Julie Stiver, Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

Characterization of Real-time Drug Release from Engineered Biomedical Coatings, page 144
Garrett Swindlehurst, Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Electron Transfer/Transport in Nanoparticle/Polymer Monolayer Arrays, page 146
Tyler Todd, Engineering Physics, Oral Roberts University

Development and Optimization of Pulse Plating of Copper Films for MEMS Applications, page 148
Merine Zinsou, Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland College Park

iREU; NNIN's International REU Program for past NNIN REU Participants Clarification of Phase Diagram in a (Zn,Mg)O Pseudo Binary System by Using Ultra-Fine MgO Source Powder, page 150
Courtney Bergstein, Chemistry, Carlow University

Insulated Polythiophene: Self-Threaded Conjugated Polymer via Alkyl Chain Straps, page 152
Ryan M. Harrison, Biomedical Engineering, Johns Hopkins University

Fabrication and Characterization of Cu-WO3-Pt and Pt-WO3-Pt Switching Devices, page 154
Rehan Kapadia, BSEE, University of Texas at Austin; EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley

Fabrication of Stacked Quantum Dot Diodes and Related Nanostructures and Their Transport Properties, page 156
Brian Lambson, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

Adatom Displacement Using the Scanning Tunneling Microscope, page 158
Alexander V. Luce, Engineering Physics, The University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Dual Micro Contact Printing of Proteins to Control Neuronal Adhesion and Outgrowth, page 160
Alice MacQueen, Biology and Biochemistry, University of Virginia

Highly Symmetric GaAs/AlGaAs Quantum Dots on (111)A GaAs Using Droplet Epitaxy, page 162
Brian McSkimming, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics, University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Development of AlGaN/GaN HEMT Technology for Highest Frequency Operation, page 164
William J. Roman, Biomedical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

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