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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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Supercage(s) filled with one and multiple protonated structure directing agents.

Nanoporous filmCurrently available ultra-pore structures have frameworks with the largest channels in one dimension and no extraframework cationic sites. The former limits diffusion of guest molecules, while the latter prohibits formation of acid sites via techniques like ion exchange. To overcome such limitations, we use structure-directing agents (SDAs) and metal centers during synthesis to produce novel structures. We aim at characterization and post-synthesis treatment of a new type of transition metal substituted aluminophosphate having the highest metal-to-aluminum ratio of any large-pore zeolite type structure and is prepared using diamines as SDAs. The resulting molecular sieves have channels with 12-ring apertures in 2-D and 8-ring apertures in 1-D, with supercages measuring 20 x 20 x 15 Å3. Compared to that of faujasite, such cages are rather unusual and ideal for catalysis applications where high acid site concentration and large pores/void volume are critical. Conventional methods for removing organic templates from molecular sieves involve the use of air at high temperatures to break down and desorb the template via Hoffman elimination. Preliminary tests showed that a calcination process in oxygen-only atmosphere further damaged the material framework. Another SDA removal test using solvent extraction methods is capable of recovering void space in the micropore region, indicating that not all template molecules are protonated as previously thought. After removal of the SDA moiety, the porous frameworks are characterized and tailored for reactions catalyzed by acidic environments. Applications we are considering are the conversion of methanol and heavy oils to hydrocarbons (i.e., for production of transportation fuels). This project will collaborate with the CHM-UMass. This project is currently supported through the NSF CAREER Award CTS-0546370.