CREST student wins prestigious national award PDF Print E-mail

On November 8th, Sonia L. Aviles-Barreto won second place in the Poster Competition of the Materials Science and Engineering Division (MESD) of the 2010 Annual Meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sonia is a member of CREST IRG4 completing her Ph.D. at the Department of Chemical Engineering under the supervision of Dr. David Suleiman. The overall goal of the research is to develop new low-cost, durable proton exchange membranes (PEM) with higher selectivity and proton conductivities to develop and enhance the performance of energy efficient devices as fuel cells and hydrogen gas sensors. Their specific objective is to be able to functionalize ionomers with sulfonic groups, cation substitution and additives to produce selective membranes for these applications.


Sonia Aviles AIChe 2010, poster: Effect of Sulfonation Level and Counter Ion Substitution on the Proton Conductivity of Poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) Membranes
First Boeing Seminar PDF Print E-mail

Boeing Seminar septiembre 30, 2010The UPRM Material Advantage Student Chapter and CREST joined forces to organize the first Boeing Seminar at the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez. On September 30, 2010 more than 60 participants attended the seminar titled “Material Substitution for Legacy Aircraft” offered by Dr. Rigo Pérez, Boeing Senior Manager.

CREST Researcher selected to receive NSF CAREER PDF Print E-mail

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Dr. Nelson Sepúlveda, has received a Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is NFS’s most prestigious awards in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their institution.

Dr. Sepulveda will use the five-year, $400,000 award to further his research into Vanadium Dioxide-based Focal Planar Arrays.

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From Nanotechnology to Blogs PDF Print E-mail

High School and Middle School Teachers from Puerto Rico’s western region participated of a week long series of activities organized by CREST.

They visited labs, learned about the cutting edge research being conducted at the University and shared the knowledge acquired during their own research experience. Several teachers also attended a workshop on blog creation in order to record their Clubs activities.

Created blogs include:

Escuela Superior Eugenio María de Hostos (Mayagüez)

Escuela Superior Leonides Morales Rodriguez (Lajas)

Escuela Superior Inés María Mendoza (Cabo Rojo)

Escuela Vocacional Superior Dr. Pedro Perea Fajardo (Mayagüez)

Escuela Intermedia Elpidio H. Rivera (Mayagüez)

Presentations to the EAG PDF Print E-mail

Presentations made to EAG during their January 22 visit are available to CREST’s Registered Users. Please “log in” on the "User Menu" located on left-side bar.

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