Department of Chemical Engineering

The Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical and Energy-Driven Systems and Applications at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (UPRM) incorporates 23 professors, 30 graduate and 30 undergraduate students. The Center’s transformative research focuses on fundamental and applied aspects of nanomaterials encompassing: (1) dispersed nanostructures for biomedical applications; (2) nanoporous materials for separations and catalysis; (3) nanoengineered composite materials for device and sensor applications; and (4) quantum dot systems for cancer therapy.

The Center for Advanced Nanoscale Materials (CANM) is an interdisciplinary and multicampus research and education University Research Center (URC) partnership project between NASA and the University of Puerto Rico. It brings together researchers from UPR Mayaguez, Rio Piedras and Cayey campuses and four different departments to work on research projects relevant to NASA in collaboration with NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), NASA Ames Research Center (ARC), and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), in areas that correspond primarily to the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, and secondarily to the Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate.

The Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN) brings together more than 40 active research nano scientists and engineers into four thematically coherent research interdisciplinary groups (IRGs): Nanoparticles as Tools in BioSensing, BioImaging, and Novel Treatments (IRG 1), Thin Film Nanostructures for Logic and Memory Devices (IRG 2), Nanotechnology Based Remediation (IRG 3) and Nanomaterials for Renewable Energy: Light Harvesting (IRG 3). The IFN aims at increasing the amount and quality of transformative research and the intellectual property in NST in the Jurisdiction. Ongoing collaborations with nationally recognized strategic partners complement the resources and scientific capabilities of the four IRGs, thus helping to bootstrap and accelerate the Jurisdiction’s capacity to reach national levels of competitiveness in NST.

The mission of the Wisconsin - Puerto Rico Partnership for Research and Education in Materials [Wi(PR)2EM] is to strengthen and broaden past collaborations between the University of Wisconsin, Madison (UW) and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) by leveraging and augmenting the reach of such alliances to develop a formal long-lasting relationship in nanostructured materials research and education. The proposed PREM will promote the formation of a strong strategic partnership by fostering and expanding current and emergent research projects in collaboration with UW’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center on Nanostructured Interfaces (MRSEC) and Nanoscale Science and Engineering Center on Templated Synthesis and Assembly at the Nanoscale (NSEC) and by combining research and education expertise found in the participating institutions into truly synergistic groups.

A recently inaugurated center located in a building in the the UPR-Mayagüez Engineering Complex. Its flagship is a high resolution JEOL 2100F Field Emission Transmission Electron Microscope that is capable of capturing images with atomic resolution in Scanning Transmission Mode, Elemental Analysis through Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy, and Dark Field Imaging. This instrument is the only one of its kind on the western side of the island that is open to researchers from the university and the industry alike. The center will also soon house a Phi-Versa X-ray Photoelectron Spectrometer and an Infrared Variable Angle Spectroscopic Ellipsometer. The center charges a competitive fee for analysis of the samples and during fiscal year 2015-2016 will analyze the first sample of a project free as a promotion of its services. More details can be found on the center’s webpage: