Outstanding CREST Graduate Student PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcelo Suarez   
Thursday, 22 November 2012 15:07

On November 16, 2012, UPRM CREST IRG4 graduate student Sonia L. Aviles-Barreto received Second Prize in the Graduate Poster Competition during the SHPE Conference 2012, held in Ft. Worth, TX, in November 2012, for her poster titled “Effect of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on the Transport Properties of SIBS Membranes.” This is the third important award for Sonia, a PhD student in Chemical Engineering supervised by CREST IRG4 Prof. David Suleiman.

For this study she investigated the transport properties of poly(styrene-isobutylene-styrene) (SIBS) as a function of sulfonation levels and single-walled carbon nanotube (CNT) loadings for gas sensors and fuel cell applications. Sonia characterized the functionalized sulfonated SIBS containing CNTs to assess accurate sulfonation levels and thermal stability of the composite.

Few days later, on November 30 Sonia took part in the Poster Competition of the Graduate Research Symposium of the UPRM Department of Chemical Engineering. She was honored with First Prize in this competition.

Sonia L. Aviles-Barreto in the SHPE Graduate Poster Competitions 2012

The SHPE technical competitions are held each year concurrently with the SHPE Conference, and “provide undergraduate and graduate participants an opportunity to compete by delivering their research in written and oral form before an audience of their peers.”

The Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Symposium is part of the graduate seminar course of that department and consists of an oral presentation session and a poster competition. Over 50 graduate students and professors attended the symposium that seeks to improve the communication skills among graduate students and disseminate research findings within the UPRM community.

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