Enzymatic and Multiphase Solution Processing of Lignocellulosic Biomass

The aim of the project is to develop a continuous and environmentally friendly process using twin screw extrusion technology for enzymatic conversion of lignocellulosic biomass to simple sugars and other high value end products. A significant finding of our current research is that commerc

UPRM PREM Students Did It Again

The five technical divisions of The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS) -Electronic, Magnetic & Photonic Materials, Extraction & Processing, Light Metals, Materials Processing & Manufacturing, and Structural Materials - sponsored the Student Poster Contest during the

UPRM PREM Students Win Sigma Xi Award

During the 2008 Sigma Xi Annual Meeting and Student Research Conference held in Washington, DC on November 20-23, 2008 UPRM PREM student Ronald Carrasquillo (Chemical Engineering) presented the poster titled "Development of an Alternative Aluminum Matrix Composite for Bearing Applications,

UPRM PREM Team Gets $5M for New Nanotechnology Center

The National Science Foundation has recently awarded $5 millions to the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez for the establishment of a nanotechnology center focused on research and education of biomedical and energy-driven systems and applications. This five-year project, set to start o

UPRM PREM Students Establish First MRS University Chapter off the Mainland

In July 2008 the Board of Directors of the Materials Research Society (MRS) has unanimously approved the establishment of an MRS chapter at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez (UPRM).

UW PREM Research Professor Named ASM Fellow

The American Society for Materials (ASM International) has named PREM professor, Dr. Kumar Sridharan a Fellow of the society. Dr. Sridharan is a distinguished research professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) Engineering Physics Department.

A Summer of Accomplishments: PREM's Impact on the Community

The summer of 2008 has become the most active season for outreach to diverse groups for the UPRM/UW PREM. Besides the scheduled research activities involving public high school teachers, this PREM partnered with other UPRM initiatives intended to attract and retain students interested in E

Critical Current Density Enhancement Found in Mg Diboride Doped with Ta

The doping of MgB2 precast material with 2 at.% and 5 at.% TaB2 under varying high energy processing ball milling conditions with Pulverisete-4 and Spex mills was carried in order to investigate critical current enhancement condition. Higher critical current densities were achieved with th

Unusually High Magnetic Response in Nanocrystals for Data Storage

Cobalt ferrite (CoFe2O4) possesses excellent chemical stability, good mechanical hardness and a large positive first order crystalline anisotropy constant, making it a promising candidate for magneto-optical recording media. In addition to the precise control on the composition and struct

Novel Charge, Spin Transport and Topological Properties of 2D Electron Systems

We study the non-abelian quantum Hall effect, a spectrum gap is established to protect topological degenerating Pfaffian states, which may have novel applications in quantum computing.

Quantum Simulation of Materials at Micron Scales and Beyond

The ability to perform quantum simulations of materials properties over length scales that are relevant to experiments represents a grand challenge in computational materials science.

UPRM to Start Undergraduate Certificate on Materials Science and Engineering

Scientific and technological progress of our society demands the development of new materials as well as the optimization of the properties in those materials of actual use; materials–related issues are present in all types of industries. Therefore, the formation of professionals with an e