Research Experience for Undergraduates

in The Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy



The University of Wisconsin-Madison Departments of Chemistry and Chemical and Biological Engineering, through support from the National Science Foundation, host an annual Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program focused on The Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy.  Selected participants will spend 10 weeks conducting research on a renewable energy project in chemistry, chemical engineering, or biological engineering.


Research projects in the Department of Chemistry include:

  1. Bullet Molecular interfaces to nanoscale materials

  2. Bullet Charge-multiplying nanostructured interfaces

  3. Bullet Electrocatalytic interfaces to nanostructured materials

  4. Bullet Unconventional and abundant semiconductor nanomaterials for solar energy conversion

  5. Bullet Nanomaterials of semiconducting silicides for thermoelectric energy conversion

  6. Bullet Nanostructured Proton Conducting Membranes from Block Copolymers

  7. Bullet Theoretical modeling of new fuel cell membranes

  8. Bullet Metal-metal multiply bonded compounds in solar energy utilization

  9. Bullet Modeling the Interaction of Water with Zeolitic Imidazolate Frameworks

  10. Bullet Chemical Synthesis with Sunlight

  11. Bullet Surface-Tethered Metal Complexes for Electrocatalytic Water Oxidation

  12. Bullet New catalysts for energy research – Hydroformylation

Research projects in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering include:

  1. Bullet Pathways towards nanostructured materials for energy applications

  2. Bullet Templated Assembly of Anisometric Nanorods for Solar Energy Collection

  3. Bullet Heterogeneous catalysts for flow reactor processing of biodiesel

  4. Bullet Rheological properties of cellulosic biomass during processing

  5. Bullet Computational design of bacteria for biofuel production

  6. Bullet Metabolic Engineering for Biofuel Production

Program Highlights:

  1. Bullet Weekly faculty-led seminars on various Energy Topics

  2. Bullet A special seminar on applying, surviving, and excelling in graduate school

  3. Bullet An end-of-summer REU poster session in which students present their research results and conclusions

  4. Bullet Social activities with students from other REU programs

  5. Bullet A summer in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin

Summer 2018 Program Details:

  1. Bullet Program Dates: May 28– August 3, 2019

  2. Bullet Online application will be available November 1st:https://srop-uwmadison.fluidreview.com/

  3. Bullet Application deadline: February 15th, 2019

  4. Bullet Students receive a stipend of $5,000. Housing and travel to and from Madison are provided.

Program Contact:

Dr. Andrew Greenberg

Director REU in The Chemistry of Materials for Renewable Energy

1415 Engineering Drive

3035 Engineering Hall

Madison, WI 53706

Email: aegreenb@engr.wisc.edu

Phone: 608-890-1534