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2013

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Noah (Adam) Bern, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Noah (Adam) Bern was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, working with Vladimir Aksyuk fabricating cavity probe devices and using them to take optomechanical measurements, automating experiments, and conducting finite element modeling. He left the CNST in August 2013 to continue his studies in the College of Applied and Engineering Physics at Cornell University.

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Brian Blankenau, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Brian Blankenau was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, working with Rachel Cannara and Christian Long to develop more accurate lateral force calibration procedures for the atomic force microscope (AFM), by performing measurements to determine the dependence of calibration factors on the position of an AFM tip on diamagnetic graphite calibration samples and comparing results with simulations. He left the CNST in August 2013 to continue his studies in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Kansas State University.

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Michael Briggs, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Michael Briggs was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the NanoFab Operations Group, working with Liya Yu and Marc Cangemi characterizing a deep-ultraviolet stabilization process and ammonia-catalyzed image reversal for micron and sub-micron photolithography. He left the CNST in August 2013 to pursue a career in the semiconductor manufacturing industry.

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Osama Khalil, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Osama Khalil was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the NanoFab Operations Group, assisting the NanoFab staff in performing final acceptance testing for a new high density plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition system, modifying baseline fabrication processes, and documenting procedures for new users. He left the CNST in August 2013 to continue his studies in Chemical Engineering at Arizona State University.

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Jonathan (Yoni) Mehlman, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Jonathan (Yoni) Mehlman was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, working with Mark Stiles developing a computational scheme to determine the switching tails for magnetic devices. He left the CNST in August 2013 to continue his studies at Yeshiva University.

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Timothy Straley, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Timothy Straley was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Energy Research Group, working with Nikolai Zhitenev developing a data acquisition system for high-spatial resolution defect spectroscopy in polycrystalline photovoltaic devices. He left the CNST in August 2013 to continue his studies in the Physics Department at the Colorado School of Mines.

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Katherine Sytwu, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Katherine Sytwu was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, working with Bob McMichael constructing and testing an all-optical spectrometer for microwave-frequency magnetization dynamics. She left the CNST in August 2013 to continue her studies in Physics and Mathematics at Rutgers University.

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Ekaterina (Kate) Tolstaya, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Ekaterina (Kate) Tolstaya was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Energy Research Group, working with Veronika Szalai testing water oxidation catalysts supported on a biological scaffold for use in catalyst-catalyst distance measurements. She left the CNST in August 2013 to continue her studies in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Maryland.

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Philip Trettenero, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Philip Trettenero was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, working with Renu Sharma estimating defect densities in carbon nanotubes by simulating electron diffraction patterns, with and without defects, and comparing the simulations with experimental patterns for carbon nanotubes formed under different synthesis conditions in an environmental transmission electron microscope. He left the CNST in August 2013 to continue his studies in Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois.


2012

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Sarice Barkley, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Sarice Barkley was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and a Physics major at St. Olaf College. Sarice worked with Rachel Cannara and Christian Long measuring lateral contact stiffness using an atomic force microscope and on improving techniques for calibrating nanoscale lateral forces.

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Sterling Brooks, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Sterling Brooks was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and an Electronic Engineering Technology major at Savannah State University. Sterling worked with Renu Sharma using an environmental transmission electron microscope to record high resolution images during catalyst nucleation and to measure the growth of carbon nanotubes under different reaction environments.

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Stephen Epstein, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Stephen Epstein was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and an Engineering Science and Mechanics major with a minor in Mathematics at Virginia Tech. Stephen worked with Vladimir Aksyuk developing analytical and finite element models of nanobeam cavity optomechanical transducers for use in atomic force microscopy.

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Anthony Gianfrancesco, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Anthony Gianfrancesco was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, and a double major in Physics and Mathematics at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Anthony worked with Joseph Stroscio and Nikolai Zhitenev characterizing photovoltaic (PV) materials using thin film phosphors as a near-field optical source.

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Jason Guss, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Jason Guss was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, and a Mechanical Engineering major with a minor in Biology at SUNY-Binghamton. Jason worked with Bob McMichael using microwave measurements to investigate the effect of crystal structure on the spin polarization of the electrical current in ferromagnetic metals.

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Brian Janiszewski, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Brian Janiszewski was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the NanoFab Operations Group, and a Nanoscale Engineering major with a minor in Mathematics at SUNY-Albany. Brian worked with Lei Chen using NanoFab tools to develop new processes for forming chemical patterns on surfaces.

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Anton Lintel, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Anton Lintel was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, and a double major in Physics and Mathematics at University of Nebraska. Anton worked with John Unguris preparing magnetic samples in the CNST NanoFab and directly imaging magnetization at the nanoscale using the magneto-optic Kerr effect and scanning electron microscopy with polarization analysis.

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Victoria Savikhin, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Victoria Savikhin was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Energy Research Group, and an Electrical Engineering major with minors in Mathematics and French at Purdue University. Victoria worked with Veronika Szalai preparing DNA oligonucleotides and measuring nanofiber assembly rates and morphologies using optical spectroscopy, gel electrophoresis, and atomic force microscopy.

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Bryce Thurston, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Bryce Thurston was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Energy Research Group, and an Engineering Physics major at the Colorado School of Mines. Bryce worked with Alec Talin using electrochemical impedance spectroscopy to characterize transport in thin film solid state Li-ion batteries.



 

2011

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Joseph (Brent) Allen, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Joseph (Brent) Allen was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group. He recently received a B.A. in Physics with departmental honors from Middlebury College. Brent worked with Brenton Knuffman and Jabez McClelland using the magneto-optical trap ion source (MOTIS) to create nanoscale electrochromic patterns.

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Christopher Baldwin, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Christopher Baldwin was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, and a Physics major with a minor in Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. Christopher worked with Shaffique Adam and Mark Stiles theoretically calculating the electronic properties of graphene bilayers in which the two layers are rotated with respect to each other.

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Sarice Barkley, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Sarice Barkley was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and a Physics major at St. Olaf College. Sarice worked with Rachel Cannara on atomic force microscope calibration methods, and on fabricating colloidal probes for nanotribological applications.

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William Bowman, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
William Bowman was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and a Materials Science and Engineering major at Arizona State University. Will worked with Renu Sharma measuring the ionic conductivity of oxide ions in gadolinium and praseodymium doped ceria.

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Mathew Swisher, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Mathew Swisher was a returning Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and a Mechanical Engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University. Mathew worked with Vladimir Aksyuk measuring mechanical displacement in a microelectromechanical system (MEMS) torsional sensor using a custom-built laser Doppler vibrometer.

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Bryce Thurston, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Bryce Thurston was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and an Engineering Physics major at the Colorado School of Mines. Bryce worked with Kartik Srinivasan computationally modeling the frequency conversion of single photons using nonlinear optical waveguides.



 

2010

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Philip Campbell, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Philip Campbell was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and an Electrical Engineering major at the University of Texas at Dallas. Philip worked with Andrew Berglund customizing an optical microscope for measuring the position, shape, and dynamics of individual fluorescent nanoparticles.

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Olivia Hoff, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Olivia Hoff was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, and a Physics major with minors in Math and Computer Science at the University of Southern Mississippi. Olivia worked with Jabez McClelland measuring the optical properties of Cr-implated diamond samples.

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Robert Hoyt, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Robert Hoyt was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and a Physics major at Harvey Mudd College. Robert worked with Kartik Srinivasan building a tunable grating filter for use in photon correlation spectroscopy of nanophotonic light emitters.

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Joshua Leibowitz, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Joshua Leibowitz was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the NanoFab Operations Group, and a Materials Science and Engineering major with a concentration in nanomaterials at the University of Connecticut. Joshua worked with Lei Chen on advanced plasma processing for nanofabrication.

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Ramsey Noah, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Ramsey Noah was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow working jointly in the Nanofabrication Research and the Energy Research Groups. He is a Physics major at California State University Long Beach. Ramsey worked with Rachel Cannara growing diamond thin films and constructing an ion mill chamber for use in nanotribology and energy research.

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Brian Soe, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Brian Soe was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Electron Physics Group, and a Mechanical Engineering major at Harvey Mudd College. Brian worked with Robert McMichael developing assembly and instrumentation control software for a DC probe station to measure current-voltage characteristics of magnetic nanostructures.

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Mathew Swisher, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Mathew Swisher was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and a Mechanical Engineering major at Carnegie Mellon University. Mathew worked with Vladimir Aksyuk characterizing the electrical and optical properties of micro- and nanoelectrochemical sensors.

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Martin Vilarino, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Martin Vilarino was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Energy Research Group, and a Bioengineering major with a minor in Engineering Leadership at the University of Maryland. Martin worked with Alec Talin developing a reliable process for polystyrene and silica nanosphere self-assembly on various substrates, including ITO-coated glass slides and silicon.

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Richard (Chad) Webb, Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow
Chad Webb was a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Nanofabrication Research Group, and a Chemical Engineering major at the University of Texas at Austin. Chad worked with Alex Liddle investigating the behavior of small-molecule, sublimation-switch resists for use with plasmonic lithography and metrology.



 

2009

2009 CNST SURF Student

 

  • Jason Bylsma, University of South Florida, Dual-Frequency MOPA Setup for Laser Cooling Helium

  • Suehyun Cho, University of Maryland, College Park, Achieving Sub-Diffraction Resolution Imaging of a Latent Image of Chemically Amplified Resist Utilizing Inverse Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (iSTORM)

  • Aaron Cochran, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Low Energy Ar+ Plasma Etching of CoPd multilayers

  • Timothy Enright, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, Polyelectrolyte Brushes as Nanoscale Confinement for Novel Electronic Materials

  • Christopher Hong, Pennsylvania State University, Nanoplasmonic Fabry-Perot Resonators for Ultrasensitive Biosensing

  • Robert Hoyt, Harvey Mudd College, Real-Time Laser Calibration and Environmental Isolation of Nanophotonic Device Characterization Setups

  • Joshua Leibowitz, University of Connecticut, Growth of Epitaxial Graphene on SiC using an Induction-Heating Furnace

  • Nicole Messier, George Washington University, Wetting Properties of Superhydrophobic Surfaces

  • Gregory Meyer, University of Maryland, College Park, A Robust Photoresist Developer Process

  • Karthik Prakhya, University of Massachusetts, Spin Torque and Spin Current in Magnetic Multilayers with an Anti-Ferromagnetic Layer

 


 

2008

2008 CNST SURF Students

 

  • Nathan Behm, American University, Using Magneto-Optical Trapped Lithium Atoms to Create an Versatile FIB
     
  • Brian Bolz, Manhattan College, Controlled Electrostatic Deposition of Graphene
     
  • Suehyun Cho, University of Maryland, College Park, Cheerios Gone Micro!

  • Sibu Kuruvilla, University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana, Modeling of Nanotube Separation in Field Flow Fractionation

  • Jonathan Ligda, Shippensburg University, Mechanically Exfoliated Graphene

  • James MacArthur, Swarthmore College, Using Interference Lithography to Create Magnetic Nano-stripes

  • Carlos Manuel Torres, University of Florida, Green’s functions, Scattering Effects, Impurities…Oh My! Predicting the Behavior of Electrons Confined to Quantum Structures

 

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Contact

John Unguris
100 Bureau Drive, MS 6202
Gaithersburg, MD  20899-6202
Phone: (301) 975-3712
Email: john.unguris@nist.gov

Kartik Srinivasan
100 Bureau Drive, MS 6203
Gaithersburg, MD  20899-6203
Phone: (301) 957-5938
Email: kartik.srinivasan@nist.gov