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IFN Summer Internship 2016

09 May 2016
IFN Summer Internship 2016

Dear IFN Researchers: The Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN) is accepting applications for Summer Doctoral Internships and Summer Undergraduate Internships exclusively in the area of Nanotechnology. Below is the information...

IFN Fellowship August 2015-July 2016

15 June 2015
IFN Fellowship August 2015-July 2016

2015-2016 Academic IFN Fellowship (Period August 2015-July 2016) Stipend: $27,600 annual ($2,300 monthly)Tuition: $2,500 annualTravel: $2,400 annual (students to present their research)Materials: $2,500 annual Application Requirements: Have a minimum 3.0...

2015 IFN Summer Internships

30 April 2015

2015 Graduate IFN Summer Internships (Period June 1 – July 31) Stipend: $2,300 monthly Application Requirements: Evidence of Ph.D. candidacy Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale Evidence of...

The First IFN Elevator Pitch Competition

07 April 2015
The First IFN Elevator Pitch Competition

Submit Your Video For the 1st IFN Elevator Pitch Competition. Present your research and yourself in a clear and concise manner Competition for students and postdocs Speech time: 2 minutes...

IFN Science-Art Contest

07 April 2015
IFN Science-Art Contest

“Art and science are two fields that value life, finding the unknown and experimental action. Undoubtedly the reflective look of the artists to the immediate reality has been tied to...

IFN Fellowship January-December 2015

20 November 2014
IFN Fellowship January-December 2015

2015 Academic IFN Fellowship (Period January-December 2015) Stipend $2,300 monthly Application Requirements: Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale Evidence of Ph.D. candidacy Evidence of satisfactory academic progress according...

IFN Fellowship Summer 2014

30 April 2014
IFN Fellowship Summer 2014

2014 Graduate IFN Summer Internships (Period June 2 – July 31) Stipend $2,300 monthly Application Requirements: Have a minimum 3.0 GPA on 4.0 scale Evidence of Ph.D. candidacy Evidence of...

2nd Puerto Rico NSF/RII EPSCoR/IFN Annual Meeting

16 April 2009

The 2nd Annual Meeting for EPSCoR/ IFN will be held Thursday, April 16, 2009 at the Mayaguez Resort and Casino Hotel. This agenda is in PDF format. In order to...

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IFN logoThe Institute for Functional Nanomaterials (IFN) brings together 47 active research nano scientists and engineers, from two graduate and two undergraduate campuses in Puerto Rico, into three thematically coherent research clusters: Functional Dispersed Nanostructures (Cluster I), Functional Nanostructures at the Interface (Cluster II), and Multifunctional Nanostructures (Cluster III). These clusters will evolve into active Multicampus Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs) that share infrastructure, develop new group research projects and proposals, and incorporate 15 new research faculty members to enhance the research capacities. It will boost the Puerto Rico's production of new knowledge as reflected by the increased number and quality of cutting-edge research publications and associated intellectual property. Project scientists and engineers will work with five external strategic partners, all nationally recognized centers for nano research, to bootstrap the Puerto Rico's capacity to compete for major center proposals such as Materials Research Science and Education Centers (MRSEC).

The IFN established a three-tier plan to achieve innovation in the area of functional nanostructures. First, the plan will accelerate the research and development activity, the generation of novel nanostructures, and the associated creation of intellectual property. Second, the IFN will develop testbeds for proof-of-concept and prototyping the development of new devices or products and assess the novel functional nanomaterials for their potential as commercially viable technologies. Third, the IFN will develop the capacity to commercialize the resulting technologies by networking with the NanoBusiness Alliance to reach national markets, and through the Puerto Rico's National Science Foundation Partnership for Innovation (PFI) project to use the incubator of the most important technology corridor in Puerto Rico, Inteco, in order to promote the creation of nanotechnology-oriented businesses in Puerto Rico. This three-tier approach will provide innovation paths for commercializing the increased nanomaterial-related technologies emerging from the accelerated production of intellectual property and know-how generated by the IFN.

The development of the IFN will increase the amount and quality of cutting-edge research and intellectual property. By establishing collaborations with five nationally recognized strategic partners that complement the resources and scientific capabilities of the three clusters, the IFN will bootstrap and accelerate Puerto Rico's capacity to reach national levels of competitiveness in nanoscience and technology. This development will enable Puerto Rico to successfully compete for national science and engineering centers and institute programs, which together with the University of Puerto Rico's institutional commitment will provide long-term sustainability to the IFN and the nano research and educational enterprise in Puerto Rico.

IFN will also contribute to the diversity of the national workforce in nanoscience by creating educational materials and courses centered in this discipline. The IFN activities will reach a population of students that is more than 90 percent hispanic at the undergraduate level and over 50 percent at the graduate level, and provide them with the opportunity to pursue careers in nanoscience and technology. The IFN will enhance Puerto Rico's research capabilities and provide research opportunities for undergraduates and dissertation projects for Ph.D. students, thus increasing the pool of future nanoscientists and contributing to the diversity of the national workforce in this field. The IFN's strategy for innovation and testbed development, together with its collaboration with two strategic partners and networking with the NanoBusiness Alliance will foster the commercialization of novel nanomaterials. Collaboration with a local technology corridor through Puerto Rico's NSF-PFI will stimulate the establishment of local nanotechnology start-ups that will help the local economy grow.