Research in Materials for Energy Applications

Hosted by the Department of Physics and the Renewable Energy and Chemical Transformation (REACT) Cluster at the University of Central Florida

May 19 – July 27, 2024
Orlando, FL

This REU site offers research training to highly motivated undergraduate students within the common theme of novel materials for energy applications. Three specific areas within this theme are targeted: 1) Materials for catalysis; 2) Quantum materials for energy needs; and 3) Transparent conducting thin films for photovoltaics.

Students will gain hands-on training in topics such as synthesis of two-dimensional nanostructured materials and ultrathin films, material characterization, single-atom catalysts, nanostructured materials for electrocatalysis, topological quantum materials, and computational design of materials for energy applications. In addition to research experience, students will benefit from training in critical thinking, data science and machine learning, ethics and scientific integrity, written research communication, scientific presentations (poster and oral), formulation of research hypotheses, and framing of research questions with informed knowledge of key literature in the field.

Women and Members of demographic groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM are particularly encouraged to apply. The deadline for application for Summer 2024 is April 15, 2024. Applicants must be U.S. Citizens or permanent resident.


  • 10-week summer research for 10 students
  • $6,000 stipend
  • Travel and Housing will be provided
  • Social program, team projects, industry visits and more…

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