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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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Metal nanogrids are prepared on templates consisting of 2D nanoporous interconnected structures, a method offering cost effectiveness, structure uniformity and shape-control. The resulting metal nanogrids mimic the pore structure of the template with metal particle diameter of around 1 nm and overall sizes in the µm2 range depending on the template particle size. These metal nanogrids can be supported on matrices analogous to typical membranes and can be used in a wide range of applications replacing supported metal particles. The principal advantage of the nanogrids over supported metal nanoclusters is their greater catalytically active surface area. These nanogrids will also have an added separation capacity, due to their inherent porous structure. The new metal nanogrids will be used for the development of the electrodes in fuel cells, which are currently mainly composed of either monometallic Pt or bimetallic Pt/M combination supported inside the carbon pores. The greater catalytically active surface area of the nanogrids will help reduce the amount of platinum needed in the electrodes. In addition, the separation capabilities of the nanogrids are potentially useful for prolonging fuel cell life by avoiding contamination of the cathode and of the electrolyte. The combination of the cost and shape effectiveness of the synthesis method and the properties of the nanogrids provide a great potential for the reduction of the costs of fuel cells. A collaboration is envisioned with the CNM-ANL group who will use the nanogrids as templates for patterned surfaces. Currently supported through seed funds from the PR-NSF-EPSCoR Phase V Program.