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SURF: Announcements of Opportunity

Below are Announcements of Opportunity posted by Caltech faculty and JPL technical staff for the SURF program. Additional AOs for the Amgen Scholars program can be found here.

Specific GROWTH projects being offerred for summer 2017 can be found here.

Students pursuing opportunities at JPL must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents.

Each AO indicates whether or not it is open to non-Caltech students. If an AO is NOT open to non-Caltech students, please DO NOT contact the mentor.

Announcements of Opportunity are posted as they are received. Please check back regularly for new AO submissions! Remember: This is just one way that you can go about identifying a suitable project and/or mentor.

Announcements for external summer programs are listed here.

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Project:  Applications of 3D Nanofabrication
Disciplines:  Chemistry, Applied Physics
Mentor:  John Fourkas, Millard Alexander Professor of Chemistry, (CCE),, Phone: 301-405-7996
Mentor URL:  (opens in new window)
Background:  NOTE: This project is being offered by a Caltech alum and will take place in College Park, Maryland.

One of the major research focuses in our group is the use of multiphoton absorption for the fabrication of 3D structures with feature sizes down to less than 100 nm.
Description:  We work on many aspects of 3D nanofabrication, from basic technology development to applications in a wide range of areas. We will work with the student to design a project that fits with his/her experience and interests. Possibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Fabrication of nanostructured surfaces to study and control the behavior of cells
• Design and application of 3D microfluidic systems
• Pursuit of new technologies involving simultaneous fabrication and manipulation
• Development of new methods of selective incorporation of materials in 3D structures
• Development of new, multicolor photoresists for resolution enhancement
References:  “Asymmetric Nanotopography Biases Cytoskeletal Dynamics and Promotes Unidirectional Cell Guidance,” Xiaoyu Sun, Meghan K. Driscoll, Can Guven, Satarupa Das, Carole A. Parent, John T. Fourkas and Wolfgang Losert, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 112, 12557–12562 (2015)

“2-Colour Photolithography,” John T. Fourkas and John S. Petersen, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 16, 8731-8750 (2014).

“Simultaneous Microscale Optical Manipulation, Fabrication and Immobilisation in Aqueous Media," Farah Dawood , Sijia Qin , Linjie Li , Emily Y. Lin and John T Fourkas, Chem. Sci. 3, 2449-2456 (2012).
Student Requirements:  One year of Caltech coursework should be sufficient to undertake a project. Depending on the exact project chosen, background in areas such as optics/lasers or cell biology may be helpful.
Programs:  This AO can be done under the following programs:

  Program    Available To
       SURF    Caltech students only 

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