Research Problem: Society has become heavily dependent on plastic materials in electronics, which are sourced from nonrenewable resources.
Research Question: What properties of cellulose nanopaper (CNP) can be improved and how can they be enhanced to optimize its role in printed electronics and other applications?
Leadership Positions: Peer mentors, tutors, student leaders
Presentation Experience: Undergraduate Research Day, Maryland Day, Junior Colloquia, TAPPI Conference
Computer Knowledge: MATLAB, CAD, Microsoft Office, Dropbox, Google Drive, Java, C
Personal Experience: Interested in sustainability, traveled internationally, multilingual
Team NATURE (Nanopaper Applications to Universalize Renewable Electronics) is an undergraduate research team in the invitation-only, four-year multidisciplinary Gemstone Honors program at the University of Maryland, College Park. The team consists of fourteen students with varying majors, from engineering to environmental science to business, who are all interested in the development of cellulose-nanopaper technology. Team NATURE is working with Dr. Liangbing Hu, an Associate Professor for Department of Materials Science and Engineering and collaborator of the Energy Research Center, and the Bing Nano Group.