Cross-Cultural Connections: An RET Site Program with UPRM and UW

This RET project is a collaboration between Wi(PR)2EM, the Center for a Sustainable Water, Energy, and Food Nexus, the Science on Wheels Educational Center, and the UW MRSEC.

Fifth Crystallization Competition

The Fifth Crystallization Competition was held on June 8, 2019 at the UPRM. Sixty five high school students presented 24 posters with their results.

Building a sample platform for live cell imaging

Imaging high resolution live tissues has long been a goal to better understand the development of tissue specific disease and tissue biology. Current imaging techniques allow for live imaging, but not at high resolution or high resolution imaging, but not of living cells.

Partnership for the Education and Advancement of Quantum-and nano-Systems (PEAQS)

Woven throughout PEAQS are highly collaborative materials science research and education projects requiring a strong center community and confident, empowered undergraduate researchers.


Vision for excellence at Navajo Technical University in Research and Education in STEM

Developing low-cost electrochemical methods for measuring contaminants

Navajo Technical University (NTU) and the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at Harvard have embarked on a partnership to engage NTU students in materials science research that can be used to address health and environment issues relevant to the Navajo Nation.

Machine-Learning Algorithms for Nano-Material Characterization

The finite difference-time domain (FDTD) models for clusters of known substrate nano-particle distributions were developed. Additional models utilizing open source finite element analysis (FEA) software (ELMER) and commercial FEA software (COMSOL) were also developed. These models will be

Donor-Acceptor Binary Organic Compounds – Charge Transfer (CT) Complexes

Charge transfer materials are important components of organic electronics for applications in OLED, solar batteries and transistors. Structure-properties relations for this series of materials, including shapes of their crystals, were studied experimentally and computationally in connectio

Using Iron with Oxide Nanosheets to Enhance Electrochemical Lithium-Ion Charge Storage

Research at Texas State University (MSI) and MSREC partner NC State demonstrated that iron oxide (g-Fe2O3) could be synthesized as a nanosheet architecture which resulted in significantly higher Li-ion capacities than nanoparticles; this work can provide enhanced cathodes for lower cost Li

Self-assembling polymer/clay nanocomposites applied to fruit for shelf life extension

In previous work Texas State University team members  discovered a self-assembling nanocomposite formed between polyvinylpyrrolidone and montmorillonite clay that exhibits high gas barrier properties. This self assembling phenomena has been extended to other polymers including polyvinyl al

New Electron Extraction materials for Inverted Perovskite Solar Cells

Perovskite solar cells (PSCs), have shown a remarkable increase in photoconversion efficiency (PCE), from 3.8%  in 2009, to 22.1% in 2016. The good electron transporting and solution processable properties of fullerene derivatives make them the most popular electron transporting materials

3D Printing of Multifunctional Composites

Piezoelectric materials have long been investigated due to their unique characteristic of converting mechanical stress into electrical charges or vice versa.  However they are fragile, difficult to fabricate, and requires post processing. One way to alleviate the drawback is to use 3D prin