NIST Research Intern
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Identifying Biomolecules in Solution
The Semiconductor & Dimensional Metrology Division at the National Institute for Standards and Technology, NIST, provides leadership in conducting research in the areas of dimensional, nanometer-scale, surface, and acoustic pressure metrology; accelerometry; silicon Complementary Metal-Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) technology; MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS); power electronics; nanoelectronics; and flexible/printed electronics.
A new sensor is being developed at NIST that will uniquely identify individual biomolecules in complex solutions. The sensor is based on a solid-state nanopore with molecular-scale features and an integrated transistor using a 2-dimensional semiconductor. This device will take advantage of the fact that every molecule has a unique electrostatic profile, arising from the unique arrangement of functional groups, ligands, and heteroatom within the molecular structure.
Veronica and fellow SPS intern Shauna are assisting the division with the nanofabrication steps, electrical testing, and fluidic testing using targeted molecules and numerically modeling the device.
I was born in Guanajuato, Mexico and came to the United States when I was only ten years old. My family's decision to leave Mexico and immigrate to the United States in search for a better future shaped my determination to continue pursuing an education even when it did not seem like a viable option for me. In my last year of high school, I co-founded a youth immigrant group dedicated to immigrant rights and education access for students in Maryland.
I developed a strong passion for physics and became a physics major after taking a general physics class at Salisbury University. Physics has allowed me to explore my curiosity of the universe like never before. I also love chemistry and completed my minor in it last year. The NIST Research Internship will allow me to expand my horizons by bringing my interests in physics and chemistry together.