Design, Application, Analysis and Control of Interfaces

An NSF-Sponsored Research Opportunities for Undergraduates (REU) Site Program at Purdue University

Research opportunities for undergraduates 

The DAACI site (May 26, 2009 – August 7, 2009) offers research opportunities for undergraduate students with an interest in engineered interfaces and interfacial processes in:

  • Catalysis
  • Fuel cells
  • Biosensing
  • Microelectronics
  • Biomaterials
  • Polymer and polymer composite processing
  • Nanotubes, nanorods, nanowires and nanoparticles
  • Gas-liquid interfaces
  • Self-assembled nanostructured thin films
  • Drug delivery
  • Excimer laser processing of buried interfaces

Details of these projects are presented below.

Participating faculty and students

The research mentors are faculty members in Chemical, Materials, and Electrical Engineering at Purdue. The program is designed for students who are currently sophomores or juniors in college.

Technical program structure

The goal of the program is to provide a mentored exploration of research activities, including:

  • Reviewing literature
  • Designing, performing and interpreting experiments
  • Modeling or simulation of experimental results
  • Preparation of a technical manuscript
  • Preparation and delivery of a technical presentation at a research retreat


The program includes a $1481/student/month (up to $4072 for full participants) stipend, housing that is prepaid by DAACI, and approved travel reimbursement for travel to and from the DAACI site.

Student living arrangements

Students participating in the DAACI site will be provided with a furnished dorm room in Hilltop Apartments on the Purdue campus. 

Student travel expenses

Each student participating in the DAACI site will be reimbursed for approved transportation to and from the DAACI site. The DAACI program follows Federal guidelines for approved business travel, as outlined on Purdue is in West Lafayette, Indiana, a college town located on I-65 between Indianapolis (~65 miles) and Chicago (~125 miles).

Extracurricular activities

Weekly group events, including excursions to Indianapolis, Chicago, and Cincinnati; lunch socials; industry outings; and student/faculty mixers will be designed to promote a sense of unity among participants.

To apply

Interested applicants can apply online at Purdue's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF) website:  A current resume should be uploaded directly to the application. In addition, one letter of recommendation from a faculty/industry mentor on university/corporate letterhead, and an official university transcript should be mailed to the address below. Applications will be accepted through March 6th.

The recommendation letter and official transcript should be sent directly to:

Purdue University
Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering
701 W. Stadium Ave.
West Lafayette, IN  47907-2045

Any Further Questions?

Please contact Steve Beaudoin, Director Purdue DAACI REU Site, at

Research Opportunities

Excimer Laser Processing of Buried Interfaces
Mentor: Tim Sands, Materials Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Electrochemical Growth of Nanowire Arrays
Mentor: Hugh Hillhouse, Chemical Engineering
Self-Assembly of Nanostructured Thin Films
Mentor: Hugh Hillhouse, Chemical Engineering
Nanostructured Porous-Shell Particles
Mentor: Mike Harris, Chemical Engineering
Carbon Nanotube Thermal Interfaces
Mentor: Tim Fisher, Mechanical Engineering
Bioadhesion to Polymers
Mentor: Steve Beaudoin, Chemical Engineering