Climate and Sustainability Research in Nanotechnology and Electrochemical Devices for Community College Students
The focus of this REU is to explore new technologies and approaches in nanotechnology and electrochemical devices that address climate change, energy, and environmental sustainability through research projects focusing on Processes to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Energy Storage and Management, and Water Purification. This REU is specifically for community college students in the Greater Houston Area to explore sustainable solutions that lead to a future where oil and natural gas are converted efficiently into hydrogen and valuable carbon materials, where we have efficient tools to store and convert energy, and where new physical and chemical processes increase access to clean water in all parts of the globe.
The 10-week research experience will introduce students to research, applications, and education and career opportunities in nanotechnology in an inclusive culture. Students will interact with Rice faculty, post-doctoral and graduate student mentors and teaching staff who will be guiding them through program activities that include research methodology, oral and written presentations, networking, career webinars, and college transferring; along with local STEM industrial opportunities that will promote the dissemination of the program's impact into their communities. REU participants will present their research findings at the Smalley-Curl Nanotechnology Institute's Summer Research Colloquium. These program activities are designed to cultivate interest in STEM, provide skills and knowledge in conducting research and scientific thinking, and assimilate community college students in a university setting for a viable future in STEM.