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Research Triangle MRSEC REU Program

The Research Triangle MRSEC is a collaborative center involving Duke University, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Central University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. We are studying programmed assembly of soft matter, inventing materials that have never before existed and creating ways to use those materials.

Join us this summer and be a part of our research. For further information, please check our website or email our REU Coordinator, Catherine Reyes at

We will begin accepting applications for the 2017 program on January 1, 2016.

Summer of 2015 project opportunities included:
  • Soft Actuators
  • Magnetoacoustic Assembly of Crystalline Colloidal Alloys
  • Computational and Theoretical Study of Colloidal Assembly
  • Deposition of Thin Nanocoatings from Janus Particles for Photonic and Energy Applications
  • Theory and Computer Simulation of Block Syntactomer Micellization
  • Temperature-Triggered Micellization of ELP-DNA Block Copolymers
  • Molecular Dynamics Simulations of Polypeptides
  • Super Muscle: Graphene-Polymer Laminate Capable of Giant Actuation Stress and Strain
  • Tunable Nanoparticle-Elastomer Composites
  • Synthesis of Silver-Coated Copper Nanowires and their Properties in Flexible, Transparent, Conducting Nanowire Networks
  • Self-Assembly of Elastin-like Polypeptides
  • Tailoring the Density of Grafted (Syntactomer) Peptides by Mechanical Deformation of Underlying Substrates
  • Programmed Self-Assembly of Biomacromolecules and Colloidal Particles on Polarized Ferroelectric Thin Films
  • Synthesis and Characterization of Novel Smart Materials
  • Acoustic Tractor Beams for Microparticle Manipulation and Assembly
  • Functional Petrification of Self-Assembled Nanomaterials


Education Program Type: 
Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)
Application Deadline: 
March 1, 2016