Professor Jeffrey Dick’s research group innovates new measurement tools to study how chemistry changes in small volumes and how Nature takes advantage of such changes within our cells. The group sits at the intersection of nanotechnology/nanomaterials, single cell biology, electrochemistry, optical microscopy, and sensor development. We innovate nanosensor technology for targets of interest, including cellular metabolites, emerging environmental micropollutants (per- and polyfluoroalkylsubstances), and illicit substances. REU students will play a critical role in driving the avenue of inquiry forward by developing protocols, assisting in experimentation and numerical simulations, and fabricating nanosensors. REU students who join the group will be exposed to a broad range of characterization techniques (e.g., voltammetry, amperometry, scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy). Each student participant will be assigned a 3rd or 4th year doctoral student mentor depending on their project of interest.