Activities began at the new Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical, Environmental, and Sustainability Applications PDF Print E-mail

Middle and high school students from Western Puerto Rico will work alongside UPRM faculty and students in CREST supported lab to develop their research skills. In most cases this will be their first experience in a research facility. They will receive training on lab safety, research methodology and specialized instrumentation. Additionally they will learn about essential writing and communications skills such as maintaining a lab notebook, creating posters, effective presentations, literature searching, and incorporating scientific literature into their final product. They will also participate in a entrepreneurship and innovation workshop.

Activities began on Monday June 2nd and will continue until June 27th when they will present their research results. High school students will also participate in a poster competition.



Summer 2014 Graduate Students Seminar PDF Print E-mail

CREST graduate students will present their research on June 5, 2014 at 1:00pm (S-210):

Long and Local Range Structural Changes in M[(bdc)(ted)0.5] (M = Ni, Cu or Zn) upon Spontaneous Thermal Dispersion of LiCl and Hysteretic Adsorption and Desorption of Carbon Dioxide
Jennifer Guerrero, Departamento de Ingeniería Química
Research Advisor: Prof. Arturo Hernández

Fabrication and Characterization of Sintered Recycled Glass Designed for Polluted Soil Filtering
Wesley Cuadrado, Departamento de Ingeniería Mecánica
Research Advisor: Prof. O. Marcelo Suárez

Summer Research Experience for Teachers PDF Print E-mail

Experiencia de Investigación de Verano para Maestros de Escuelas Públicas del área Oeste de Puerto Rico

Durante el verano 2014, seis maestros de ciencias de escuelas públicas, tanto a nivel intermedio como superior, tendrán la oportunidad en ingresar al fascinante mundo de la nanotecnología y la ciencia de materiales participando del programa de Centro de Nanotecnología UPRM-CREST. Los maestros seleccionados participarán activamente en las investigaciones que se están llevando a cabo en los laboratorios del Recinto y podrán diseñar planes para la incorporación de los principios básicos aprendidos durante esta experiencia a su salón de clase. Para más información véase la CONVOCATORIA.

Para solicitar admisión a este programa debe completar el formulario, enviar una copia de su resumé y escribir un breve ensayo sobre su motivación, interés y expectativas. Los documentos deben ser enviados en o antes del viernes, 9 de mayo por FAX al 787-833-1190 o por correo electrónico a This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Continuing with our mission! PDF Print E-mail

We are pleased to announce that National Science Foundation (NSF) will support Phase II of our UPRM CREST: Nanotechnology Center for Biomedical, Environmental and Sustainability Applications.The grant award was made for $5,000,000/5 years.

The Center executive committee members are professors O. Marcelo Suárez (PI, General Engineering), Arturo J. Hernández-Maldonado (Co-PI, Chemical Engineering), Madeline Torres-Lugo (CoPI, Chemical Engineering), Agnes Padovani (CoPI, General Engineering) y Oscar Perales-Pérez (CoPI, General Engineering). More than 20 faculty members of the UPRM, most of them from College of Engineering, will be spearheading the Center’s research and education activities. Upon completion of Phase I of the Center, which is scheduled to end in August 2014 after a total budget of $5,200,000, Phase 2 represents the largest active NSF grant ever awarded to UPRM.

¡Vuelven los NanoDays a Puerto Rico! PDF Print E-mail

March 27 to April 8 2014

More details are available at:

CREST Conference

“New Nanoporous Materials for Life Support Systems in Space" by Dr. Arturo J. Hernández-Maldonado, CREST Co-Director & Chemical Engineering faculty
Thursday April 3, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Stefani Amphitheater (S-113)
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This seminar will cover some of the most significant challenges found in the design of nanoporous materials, both rigid and flexible, that are tailored for life support systems in space applications. The presentation will show how it is possible to assemble, from the bottom-up, nanoporous adsorbents that are suitable to capture carbon dioxide from space cabins while lowering its concentration to the levels necessary to properly sustain long-term missions, including the exploration of Mars. In addition, since future space missions will use carbon dioxide to produce oxygen and even power, the seminar will also show how it is possible to store and deliver carbon dioxide using nanoporous materials without compromising much of the available energy or resources.

Nanoporous Materials for Life Support Systems in Space

Making stuff...SMALLER!

Co-sponsored by Materials Advantage Student Chapter
Thursday March 27, 10:30AM-12:00PM
Stefani 303
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Discover the nanoworld...

Interactive activities performed by CREST students
Tuesday April 8, 10:30AM a 12:30PM
UPRM General Library lobby

Nanotech demos and interactive activities for the general Public
Organized in collaboration with Wi(PR)2EM (Wisconsin - Puerto Rico Partnership for Research and Education in Materials) y Science on Wheels Educational Center
Saturday April 5, 9:00AM-9:00PM
Mayagüez Mall


Exhibition at the General Library

"From the Laboratory to your Home: Nanotechnology in Everyday's Life"
UPRM General Library lobby
From March 30 until April 30 (during Library’s regular schedule)

NanoMes in Public Schools

In March & April NanoDays will be celebrated on middle and high schools in the Western regional of Puerto Rico.

NanoDays is a national effort coordinated by the Nanoscale Informal Science Education (NISE) Network. The main goal is to inform and educate the community about Nanoscale Science or, just, Nanoscience and its applications.

NISE Network
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