About Us

Welcome to PUNC, the Primarily Undergraduate Nanomaterials Cooperative (PUNC), an organization established to bring together faculty who work with undergraduates to research nanomaterials. The goal of PUNC is straightforward: to help faculty at these institutions continue to do cutting edge research at the highest levels by building a network of collaborative researchers.

What We're Doing

PUNC brings together faculty in order to share our individual expertise and develop collaborations that can benefit everyone involved. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of nanomaterials research, a project may require expertise in chemistry, physics, materials science, and computational modeling. Unfortunately, pulling together this much expertise at an undergraduate institution is often not possible, and identifying faculty doing research in common areas at small colleges and universities is extremely challenging. PUNC will help break down these barriers by allowing faculty to quickly identify potential collaborators who share common goals and complementary skills.

Our Potential

By creating a cooperative network of research faculty and pooling our knowledge and resources, such as specialized skills and instrumentation, we can create a national research group capable of tackling any scientific challenge.

Becoming a Member

Fill out the form below to request membership. It will be submitted to the organization managers and you will be notified when a decision is made.

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Recent Updates

PUNC's Discord Server

By Steven Hughes on Friday, June 4th, 2021 at 10:20AM

Come join the conversation online!  PUNC now has its own Discord server: https://discord.gg/eXfKJW4rPK

***Before you click the link above, please go through the process of creating a Discord account.***

You will only see a couple of channels at first.  Please read the Welcome & Rules to learn how to gain access to the more interesting channels on the server. 

Faculty members of PUNC and their students are all welcome to join.  See you there!

PUNC is at ACS!

By Steven Hughes on Saturday, March 19th, 2022 at 4:57PM

PUNC is hosting our inaugural session at Spring ACS this year.  Come join us as we kick things off Monday, Mar. 21, at 2 pm in Room 23C. Then have some coffee and listen to some more science bright and early Tuesday, Mar. 22, at 8 am also in Room 23C. 

We'd especially love it if you'd join us for our Discussion at 11 am on Tuesday.  We'll be talking about the challenges we're facing as researchers at PUIs, and how PUNC can continue to support our members moving forward. So come share your current frustrations and ideas for the future!