a Research Immersion in Materials Science & Engineering (RIMSE) program of the UC San Diego MRSEC, a National Science Foundation Materials Research Science and Engineering Center
About the SSSiN: The Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnolgy (SSSiN) is run by Prof. Michael Sailor in the Silicon Nanomaterials Research Laboratory at UC San Diego. The SSSiN is one of four Research Immersion in Materials Science & Engineering (RIMSE) programs of the UC San Diego MRSEC. Begun in 2003, the SSSiN is an immersive workshop focussed on the synthesis, properties, and applications of silicon-based nanomaterials. It integrates participants from a wide variety of backgrounds and skill levels: high school students, undergraduates, graduate students, post-docs, industry researchers, and university professors. As part of the RIMSE training program, it also serves as a “bootcamp” for selected students at the beginning of their MS or PhD degrees and for MRSEC REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) participants. Course elements include lectures, hands-on laboratory training, and a capstone “Discovery Project”- an independent research project implemented by a team of trainees under the mentorship of a current research group member.
Program Details: Dates, application instructions, and deadlines are given at mrsec.ucsd.edu/rimse.
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BIO: Ellie is a graduating senior at Mission Bay High School (class of 2024), who participated in the 2023 SSSiN as a trainee. Her research explores the applications of silicon nanotechnology in the medical field, specifically, its role in drug delivery, cancer treatment and in vivo imaging.
BIO: Jiuk is a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering at UC San Diego. She received her B.A. in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Mount Holyoke College. She conducted her undergraduate research with Professor Wei Chen and helped developed a new procedure for spin coating polydopamine thin films. She also worked with Professor Dirk Englund’s group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she worked on a simultaneous annealing and irradiating system to generate the nitrogen-vacancy center in diamond. Before joining UCSD, she researched coatings and carbonization of nature-inspired polymer materials in Professor Haeshin Lee’s lab at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. She participated in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology remotely in 2021 and in-person in 2023. Her research interests include surface modification of porous silicon nanoparticles and polymeric materials development for drug delivery.
BIO: Oscar Calzada Martinez is a PhD student in the UCSD Department of Nanoengineering (NENG) He has been a participant (2021) and a Senior Mentor (2022) in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology. Oscar has projects on porous nanoparticles used as small molecule delivery systems for bacterial infections, and as targeted therapeutics for treatment of brain injuries.
BIO: Anjishnu is a student at Scripps Ranch High School (Class of 2025). He participated in the 2022 SSSiN remotely, and in-person in the 2023 SSSiN. He is interested in microbiology and computational biology and wants to explore how nanotechnology can be used to deliver drugs through the blood-brain barrier. His current research focus is on coating lipids onto porous silicon nanoparticles, with the goal of improving in vivo circulation time.
BIO: Ruhan is a PhD student in the UCSD Department of Nanoengineering (NENG). She has been a participant (2018) and a Senior Mentor in the Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology in 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023. Ruhan has projects on porous nanoparticles used as photochemical oxidants, as slow release systems for contraceptive delivery, and as targeted therapeutics for treatment of brain injuries.
BIO: Eileen is a Science educator at the School of Engineering, Innovation and Design on the Kearny High Complex in San Diego, California. She participated in the 2022 UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program’s Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) program. She was instrumental in developing the silicone micro-lens project (converts your cell phone into a microscope) and in the 2023 SSSiN she is acting as a Senior Mentor to RET and other participants with interests in developing course content related to nanotechnology.
BIO: Zinia is a rising senior at Del Norte High School (class of 2025). She is passionate about bioengineering and biochemistry, and has prior experience using computational biology to map gene function on regulatory networks. She was a participant in the 2023 SSSiN, where she investigated loading of molecules into porous silicon nanoparticles. She is interested in using porous silicon-based nano-cages as hosts for catalysts and enzymes, for decontamination and remediation of environmental toxicants. Her project focuses on the stability of these porous silicon-based nano-cages in water and under typical environmental conditions.
BIO: Yi-Sheng “Eason” Lu received his PhD in Materials Science and Engineering at UC San Diego in 2023. He has served as a Senior Mentor in the 2019, 2021, and 2023 SSSiN, and will serve in this role again in the 2024 SSSiN. His research interests focus on remote sensing with porous silicon photonic crystals, and catalysis with enzymes entrapped in porous silicon nano-cages.
BIO: Shree is a rising senior at Del Norte High School (class of 2025). She has previous research experience in cellular biology and genetics, and is excited to apply her knowledge to studies of nanotechnology-based delivery systems for therapeutics. She was a participant in the 2023 SSSiN, where she investigated the optical properties of porous silicon films.
BIO: Yutong is an undergraduate Chemistry major at UC San Diego (class of 2025), who was introduced to the lab as a participant in the 2022 SSSiN, and in 2023 served as a Mentor. She has been supported by a prestigious Physical Sciences Dean’s Undergraduate Summer Research Award. Her research focus is on photo-oxidation of porous silicon to enhance molecule capture for drug delivery and related therapeutic applications.
BIO: Gabriella is a PhD Student in the UC San Diego Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry. She was a participant in the 2021 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), and acted as a Senior Mentor in the 2022 and the 2023 SSSiN. Her research focus is on surface chemistry of porous silicon nanoparticles to load and deliver biologic therapeutics, preserving function, extending release, and maximizing circulation time.
BIO: Prof. Ashley Tamura is an Adjunct Professor of Chemistry, teaching in the San Diego Community College and Southwestern College districts and is participating in the program as an RET. She received both her B.S. and M.S. from UC San Diego while working on the phase-tunable colloidal synthesis of tungsten disulfide nanocrystals with Dr. Alina M. Schimpf. She was a participant in the 2023 SSSiN, where she investigated the physical, chemical, and optical properties of porous silicon.
BIO: Prabal joined the lab as a postdoctoral scholar in September 2023. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from PEC University of Technology, India (2015). Prabal then pursued graduate studies at the University of Florida, earning a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering in August 2021 under the mentorship of Prof. Jennifer Andrew, focusing on electrospinning of magnetoelectric nanowires and nanoparticle film deposition. Subsequently, as a postdoctoral researcher with Prof. Amanda Krause at the University of Florida, Prabal specialized in direct coagulation casting of alumina for grain growth studies until May 2022. Prior to joining UCSD, he worked at Entegris, Inc., as a Scientist, researching chemical mechanical planarization for ultra-hard silicon carbide substrates used in EV power components. Prabal’s research interests span interfacial engineering, porous materials and their characterization, with a focus on applications in drug delivery and chemical sensing.
BIO: Qinglin is a PhD student in Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at UCSD. She began her work in the Sailor labs as a participant in the 2017 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) and has served as a Senior Mentor in the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023 SSSiN. Her research interests lie in the use of porous silicon nanoparticles for delivery of therapeutics to treat bacterial infections. This includes chemistries to capture and retain hydrophobic small molecule antibiotics and also to use peptides for selective targeting of the diseased tissues.
BIO: Jocelyn is a graduating high school senior at Del Norte High School (Class of 2024) who participated in the 2022 and 2023 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN) via the UCSD MRSEC RIMSE program. With a passion for chemistry, physics, and biology, she explores the optical and chemical properties of silicon nanocrystal “quantum dots”.
BIO: Miranda is an undergraduate student at UC San Diego (class of 2025), pursuing a degree in General Chemistry. She was introduced to the program through participating in the 2023 RIMSE Spring Break Research Experience. She participated in the 2023 Summer School for Silicon Nanotechnology (SSSiN), one of the UC San Diego MRSEC RIMSE research immersion programs. She is interested in surface coatings of porous Si nanoparticles to improve their stability and in vivo circulation time.