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2011 NNIN REU Program

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2011 Research Accomplishments; Table of Contents

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2011 NNIN Sites with Photographs by Christopher Julian (from Georgia Tech)
Biological Applications

Development of a Fluorescence-Based Quantification Method to Determine the Amount of Glycans Immobilized on a Surface; page 2
Andrew Acevedo, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Microfluidic Protein Dialysis Device for X-Ray Scattering; page 4
Amani Alkayyali, Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University

Gradient Surface Wettability Induced by Nanofilms on Titanium Surfaces and Osteoblastic Cell Morphology; page 6
Noelia Almodovar, Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus

Fabrication of a Novel Microfilter for Circulating Tumor Cell Enrichment and Culture; page 8
Julie Chang, Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University

Characterization of Embryonic Rat Cortical Cells Grown on Microcontact Printed Protein Patterns; page 10
Steven Chase, Biomedical Engineering and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Graduated)

Nanomechanical Properties of Structured Biopolymer Networks; page 12
Vinh Diep, Nanoengineering, University of California, San Diego

A Microchannel-Scaffold Electrode Array for Peripheral Nerve Interfacing; page 14
Jaideep S. Dudani, Bioengineering, University of California, Los Angeles

Multiplexed Silicon Nanophotonic Biosensing via Immobilized Protein Glycoconjugates; page 16
Kevin Huang, Engineering, Trinity College

Patterning Antigens with Near-Field Optics; page 18
Matthew Kiok, Chemistry, Tulane University

Dry Electrodes for Electroencephalography Headsets; page 20
Sibu Kuruvilla, Materials Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Synthesis of Poly (Amino Ether) Capped Gold Nanoparticles for Transgene Delivery; page 22
Olivia Lambdin, Biological Systems Engineering, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Neutrophil Chemotactic Response to Chemokine Gradients in a Microfluidic Device; page 24
Leah Laux, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis

Gold Nanostructures with Tunable Photothermal Properties for Cancer Treatment; page 26
Max Li, Biomedical Engineering, and Mathematics, Duke University

Chromatin Remodeling by Brahma Motor Unit on Mono-Nucleosome DNA; page 28
Evan Mirts, Biology/Physics, Truman State University

Metallic Nanostructure for Surface Plasmon Resonance Biosensing; page 30
Lauren Otto, Physics and Mathematics, Bethel University

Three-Dimensional Label-Free Photoacoustic Microscopy of the Tumor Microenvironment in vivo; page 32
Ernest Puckett, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin

Biosensing Based on Surface-Enhanced Raman Scattering; page 34
Laurel Rognstad, Chemical Engineering, Tennessee Technological University

Measurement of Platelet Clot Volume in a Microscale Thrombosis Screening Device; page 36
Laura Seaman, Biological Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Measuring the Thermodynamic Properties of Water at Negative Pressures in Synthetic Trees; page 38
Zachary Sonner, Microelectronic Engineering, Rochester Institute of Technology

Chemistry, pages 40-55

Defect Analysis of Molecular Monolayers with Electrochemistry; page 40
Clara Chow, Biomedical Engineering and Chemistry, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Novel pH-Sensitive Dendrimer Nanoparticles for Targeted Imaging; page 42
Audrey Dang, Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Time Resolve Study of Anisotropic Nanostructure Growth Using Integrated Droplet-Based Microfluidics and X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy; page 44
Giovanni Esteves, Chemical Engineering, Arizona State University

Synthesis of Self-Assembling Silver Nanoparticles for Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy; page 46
Jennifer Gilbertson, Chemistry, Beloit College

Measuring Height Mismatch and Miscibility Temperatures of Model Cell Membranes; page 48
Morgan McGuinness, Physics, Lafayette College

Film Making in Digital 3D: Selective Area Atomic Layer Deposition; page 50
Jade M. Noble, Chemical Physics, Columbia University

Synthesis of Silicon and Germanium Nanowires; page 52
Yoichi Ogata, School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Stability of Zwitterionic-Modified Gold Nanoparticles in Complex Media: Effect of Surface Packing Densities; page 54
Julia Podmayer, Biochemistry, Seattle Pacific University

Electronics, pages 56-89

Inkjet Printing of Zinc Oxide Based-Semiconductors for Thin Film Transistors; page 56
Carlos Koladele Biaou, Electrical Engineering, Prince George’s Community College

Conformal Copper Seed Layers for Through-Silicon Vias Using Chemical Vapor Deposition; page 58
Parker Clark, Electrical Engineering and Materials Science, Stanford University

Optimization of Switching Layer for Retention in Tungsten Oxide Memristive Devices; page 60
Emily Griffin, Physics, Case Western Reserve University

Using Electron Beam Lithography for Nanowire Transistor Fabrication; page 62
Andreas M. Haggerty, Mechanical Engineering, Harvard University Class of 2013

Shape-Specific Iron Platinum Nanocrystals for Spin-Transfer Torque in Magnetic Tunnel Junctions; page 64
Kai He, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University

Fabrication of GaAsBi Heterojunction Bipolar Transistors; page 66
Hilary Hurst, Engineering Physics, Colorado School of Mines

The Micro-Fabrication of a Composite Thermal Capacitor; page 68
Israel Ilufoye, Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Deterministic Assembly of Alternative Materials onto Silicon Substrates; page 70
Jia Kuang, Electrical Engineering, The City College of New York

Development of Carbon Nanotube Field-Effect Transistors for Use in Next Generation Electronics; page 72
Hongliang Liang, Engineering, Swarthmore College

Characterization of Floating-Gate Graphene; page 74
Maria Veronica Mateus, Mechanical Engineering, The University of Texas Permian Basin

Fabrication of Organic Transistors Using Inkjet Printing; page 76
Michelle Pillers, Chemistry, Southern Methodist University

Characterization of Ion Sensitive Field Effect Transistors for Cellular Scale pH Measurement; page 78
Kendall Pletcher, Bioengineering, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Growth and Characterization of Graphene for Use in Nanoelectronics; page 80
Bethany Robinson, Electrical Engineering, Howard University

Fabrication and Characterization of ZnO Nanowire Field-Effect Transistors and ZnTe Nanosheet Field-Effect Transistors; page 82
William Scheideler, Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University

Synthesis of Few-Layer Graphene Films of Large Lateral Dimensions; page 84
Claire Spradling, Biological Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia

Fabrication of Flexible Organic Thin-Film Transistors; page 86
Kevin Tien, Electrical Engineering, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

Electronic Graphene Devices through Tip-Based Nanotechnology; page 88
Cassandra Todd, Electrical Engineering, University of Central Florida

Materials, pages 90-123

Characterization of 2-300 nm Alumina Thin Films Deposited via ALD; page 90
Malena Agyemang, Chemistry, Norfolk State University

Acceptor State Activation Energy of Tin Monosulfide; page 92
Kyle Arean-Raines, Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester

Adhesion and Cohesion Testing in Square Solar Cells; page 94
Karl Bayer, Physics, Pacific Lutheran University

Heteroepitaxial Growth of Diamond for Device Applications; page 96
Antanica Boneparte, Chemical Engineering, Howard University

The Dynamics and Control of Bubbles Residing under Graphene Films; page 98
Lauren Cantley, Physics, Grinnell College

Utilizing Solution-Grown Silicon Nanowires in Photovoltaic Devices; page 100
Elizabeth Fullerton, Chemical Engineering, University of Arkansas

Patterning of the Metal Induced Crystallization of Amorphous Silicon for Silicon Wire Array Photovoltaics; page 102
Julie A. Georgiev, Department of Electrical Engineering, Alfred University

PZT Films with Reduced & Exaggerated Zr:Ti Gradients; page 104
Michael Gerhardt, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Self-Assembled Gold Nanoparticles for Biosensing Applications; page 106
Abigail Halim, Materials Science and Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

Fabrication of Free-Standing Graphene Films for Probing the Ultrafast Electron Dynamics; page 108
Jeffrey Hart, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Growth and Characterization of Aluminum Nitride Nanowires; page 110
Alicia Herro, Physics, University of North Texas

Deposition and Characterization of Ruthenium Films for Neural Electrodes; page 112
Diana Wu, Chemical Engineering and Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Emily Hoffman, Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University

Flexible and Stretchable Networks of Metals; page 116
Gawain Lau, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania

Overcoming Cellular Breakdown in Hyperdoped Silicon Alloys; page 118
Brandon Piercy, Materials Science and Engineering, Case Western Reserve University

Surface Characterization of Etched Micro- and Nano-Structures in Silicon for Phonon Heat Transport; page 120
Victoria Savikhin, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Purdue University

Confinement Assisted Self-Organization of Photonic Templates; page 122
Daryl I. Vulis, Electrical Engineering, SUNY Stony Brook

Mechanical Devices, pages 124-137

Fabrication of Microfluidic Devices for Synthesis of Janus Particles; page 124
Brittany Alphonse, Biomedical Engineering, University of Rhode Island

Development of Paper Accelerometers for Cheap Applications; page 126
Brendon Lee Gobert, Math and Science, Blackfeet Community College

Dimensional Analysis of Microlitre-Sized Microbial Fuel Cells; page 128
Nicole Hams, Biochemistry, University of Missouri - Columbia

Graphene Resonators for Mass and Charge Sensing; page 130
Reyu Sakakibara, Chemical Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Using MEMS Sensor Array to Map the Temperature of Hot Springs in Yellowstone National Park; page 132
Karl Schliep, Chemistry and Mathematics, University of Minnesota Morris

Measuring van der Waals Forces in Graphene; page 134
Mariah Szpunar, Mechanical Engineering, University of Miami

Calibration of Optical Particle Sizer by Wafer Surface Scanner; page 136
Laura Windmuller, Biomedical Engineering, Boston University

Optics & Opto-Electronics, pages 138-163

Sol-Gel Route for Ultra-High-Quality Optical Resonators; page 138
Michael Akenhead, Biomedical Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Design and Characterization of Multiple Quantum-Well Lasers; page 140
Seyedshahin Ashrafzadeh, Electrical Engineering, West Valley College

Distributed Bragg Reflectors in Ultra Low Loss Silicon Nitride Waveguides; page 142
Issa Beekun, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Nevada, Reno

Integrated Silicon Nitride Waveguides: Optimization of Fabrication; page 144
Alex Bryant, Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Berkeley

Fabrication and Testing of Voltage-Tunable Plasmonic Metamaterials in Mid-Infrared; page 146
Ting Chia Chang, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California at Berkeley

Characterization of Optical Devices using a Pigtailed Fiber; page 148
Mark Dong, Applied Physics, Cornell University

Aluminum Nanowire Fabrication for use in Polarization Filters; page 150
Nicholas Heugel, Biomedical Engineering, Saint Louis University

Electrical Properties of the Germanium-on-Silicon Interface; page 152
Travis Lloyd, Engineering Physics, Brown University

Flexible Membrane Liquid Lens; page 154
David Mallin, Physics, University of San Diego

Soft Lithographic Fabrication of Bar Chart Phantoms for Axial Resolution Measurements in Optical Coherence Tomography; page 156
Meagan Pipes, Biomedical Engineering, North Carolina State University

Analog Lithography of Complex Phase Plates for Sub-Diffraction Lithography; page 158
Drew D. Schiltz, Physics, Winona State University

Graphene-Based Ultrafast Electro-Optical Modulators; page 160
Seiya Suzuki, Graduate School of Engineering, Toyota Technological Institute, Tempaku-ku, Nagoya, Japan

Zero-Mode Waveguides for Single-Molecular Imaging; page 162
Jin Zhang, Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona

Physics & Nanostructure Physics, pages 164-185

Electrical Single Molecule Investigations by Means of Mechanical Break Junctions; page 164
Brian Benton, Physics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Investigation of Electron Transport in Functionalized Carbon Nanotubes; page 166
Mark Brunson, Mechanical Engineering, San Francisco State University

Capacitance Measurements of Single Indium Arsenide Nanowires; page 168
Kevin Chen, Electrical Engineering, Arizona State University

Resistive Switching of Iron-Doped SrTiO3; page 170
Zachary Connell, Mechanical Engineering, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Growth of Silicon, Silicon Carbide, and Boron Nitride Nanowires for Electronic Applications; page 172
Won Jun Kuk, Chemistry, Williams College

Nanoscale Diamond Lenses for Atomic-Scale Sensing; page 174
Dominic E. Labanowski, Electrical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH

Local and Global Effects on the Growth of Carbon Nanotube Micropillar Arrays; page 176
Yuki Matsuoka, Department of Future Industry-Oriented Basic Science and Materials, Toyota Technological Institute, Japan

Devices for Investigating Electrical Transport in Topological Insulators; page 178
Joshua Mendez, Physics, Louisiana State University

DNA in Nanochannels; page 180
Francisco Pelaez, III, Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Characterization of Optoelectronic Properties of Colloidal Quantum Dots in a Nanogap; page 182
Margeaux Wallace, Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University

Microfabricated Silicon Carbide Thermionic Energy Converters for Solar Energy Generation; page 184
Leah Weiss, Physics, Harvard University

Process & Characterization, pages 186-205

Characterization of YBCO Superconducting Thin-Films for Fluxonic Applications; page 186
Brian T. Chung, Engineering Physics, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

Engineering Multifunctional Nanoparticles with Dual Modality Imaging Capabilities; page 188
Courtney Crouch, Biology, Emory University

Electrodeposition of Metals onto Aligned Carbon Nanotube Microstructures; page 190
Matthew Diasio, Physics, Rice University

Morphological Characterizations of Collagen-Modified Alumina Membranes; page 192
Tiffany Dunston, Department of Chemistry, Syracuse University

Characterization of AIN Thin Films for Applications in Bulk Acoustic Filters; page 194
Lisa Anne Hendricks, Electrical Engineering, Rice University

Novel Process to Fabricate Raised Polymer Electrodes for Electroencephalography; page 196
Fiona O'Connell, Materials Engineering, Loyola University Maryland

Design, Fabrication, and Testing of Hg/Au Microelectrodes for Voltammetric Sensing of Trace Metals for Environmental Monitoring; page 198
Andrew Raebig, Electrical Engineering and Chemistry, Butler University

Optical and Electron Beam Patterning for Graphene Nanoribbon Devices; page 200
Nathanial Sheehan, Electrical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara

Systematic Investigation of Morphology of Polymer:Bis-Fullerene Blends for Bulk Heterojunction Organic Photovoltaics; page 202
Joseph Smalley, Engineering Science, The Pennsylvania State University (graduated), Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of California, San Diego

Tribology of Atomic Layer Deposition Films; page 204
Kelly Suralik, Chemistry, Middlebury College

Societal & Ethical Issues of Nanotechnology, pages 206-209

Researcher Views on the Perceived Influence of Funding Sources in Nanotechnology Research; page 206
Rachel Brockhage, Biology and Communication, Grove City College

The Ethical, Legal and Societal Implications of Nanotechnology; page 208
Nina Hwang, Chemistry, Rice University


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