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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

β€œArt 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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SEM of Pd-nanotube

Palladium nano-wireWe employ various synthetic techniques in combination with sputtering deposition to form novel nanoscale structures, such as canoes/shells, flowers, tubes and wires with critical nanoscale dimensions. We are currently studying the formation of Pt and Pd nanotubes, nanowires and other nanostructures by combining electrospinning and dc sputtering with the goal of understanding and controlling their morphology, size, and composition β€” therefore, catalytic activity. The nanostructures have a high surface area to volume ratio, high aspect ratio and high hardness. The dc sputtering deposition of the desired coating on top of the fiber creates a wire with a polymer core surrounded by the metal. Upon air-calcination, the polymer solution and any remaining solvent are eliminated and the various nanostructures are created. Sputtering provides further control of the crystallinity and composition of the nanostructures by dictating the deposition process parameters. The morphology of the structures is studied by scanning electron microscopy, their chemical composition by electron dispersive spectroscopy and their crystallinity by X-ray diffraction, while the catalytic activity is studied by cyclic voltammetry. Applications of these nanostructures as hydrogen sensors is pursued in collaboration with the Nano/Bio Interface Center of U. Penn. This project is supported by an NSF-DMR Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (Grant No. 0353730).