National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI)

"To advance research in nanoscale science, engineering and technology, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will provide a total of $81 million over five years to support 16 sites as part of a new National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure. The NNCI sites will provide researchers from academia, government, and companies large and small with access to university user facilities with leading-edge fabrication and characterization tools, instrumentation, and expertise within all disciplines of nanoscale science, engineering and technology. The NNCI framework builds on the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network, which enabled major discoveries, innovations, and contributions to education and commerce for more than 10 years."

Summer Texas Nanofabrication Facility REU program -

All the positions for the NNCI REU summer internship at UT had been locked-in. Thanks for your applications. We will start receiving summer 2018 application in Dec 2017.

NNCI Research Experience for Undergraduate program opens up one (1) position for an Societal and Ethical Implications (SEI) research project and (4) positions for Engineering research projects.

Mon Jun 5th- Fri Aug 4th, 2017 (9 weeks)

The interns selected for 2017 summer are:

Mr. Peter Chang - University of Dallas, PI: M Belkin, Mentor: N Nookala
Mr. Michael D'Agati - Stony Brook University, PI: RT Chen, Mentors: Swapnajit Chakravarty / Coulee( Xiaochuan) Xu
Mr. Thomas Leonard - North Carolina State University, PI: S. Bank, Mentor D Ironside
Mr. David Lonstein - University at Albany, PI: L Shi, Mentor: SE Sullivan
Mrs. Paola Perez - The University of Texas At El Paso, PI: E Tutuc, Mentro: W Feng


Potential Research Topics and examples of 2015 Research Projects

  • Nanometrology "In Fiber Flow Rate Sensors using Thermally Drawn Multimaterial Fluidic Channel Fibers" - Corey Kwok/ Prof. Z. Wang
  • Materials Epitaxy "Optical Characterization of AlInAsSb Digital Alloy Films" - Harold Fu/ Prof S Bank
  • Optoelectronics "Simulation and Nanofabrication for Tip-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy" - Bryan Brasile/ Prof E Yu
  • Integrated Photonics "Tablet Analysis and Display of Semiconductor Biosensors" - Raymond Barakat/Prof. R Chen
  • Mechanical Devices "Microfabrication and Testing of Directional Piezoelectric Microphones using Aluminum Nitride" - Marilyn Mathew/ Prof. N Hall
  • Materials - Chemistry "Improvement of Sodium-Ion Batteries using Solution-Grown Germanium Nanowire anodes" - Yuichi Tsujiura/ Prof. B Korgel
  • SEI: "The Societal and Ethical Implications of Nanofabrication: Research and Training" - Prof. LeeAnn Kahlor


  • $4,500 Stipend, housing provided, travel allowance, social activities

Application Requirements (online)

You are required to submit the following materials using the online uploaded widget.

  1. Completed NNCI - TNF REU registration form
  2. Statement of Purpose
  3. One Letter of Recommendation (from Faculty member) sent through the widget
  4. Copy of Academic Transcript
  5. Proof of Insurance (before start date)


  1. Sophomore, Junior, or non-graduating Senior
  2. U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  3. GPA of 3.0 or greater (out of 4.0)
  4. Non-UT Austin students

Application Status

Dead line for sending complet application is Tuesday Jan 31th, 2017. Please be sure to note in your application that you are interested in the SEI or Engineering projects. Offer letter for the selected applicant will be send not later than March 15th, 2017.

Questions at Dr. M Palard

The following interns participated to the 9 weeks REU summer program in 2016

  • Mrs. Grace Noel- Pennsylvania State University,
  • Mr. Mark Blei- Arizona State University
  • Mr. Wells Bishop- University of Oregon
  • Mr. Samuel Steakley- Williams College
  • Mrs. Katherine Keller- Washington State University