Nanotechnology Center in Mayaguez: An International Venue on Cutting-Edge Technologies
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This work presents the Nanotechnology Center established at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez, as a focus of scientific development in Puerto Rico. The Center, funded by the National Science Foundation and started in 2008, is devoted to the application of nanostructured materials in biomedicine and energy issues. The Center’s researchers accumulated more than a hundred peer-reviewed publications and 300 presentations in mostly international conferences. Numerous grants from federal and state agencies provided additional support for the expansion of this exclusively Puerto Rican development platform. In Phase II, again with NSF funding, the Center extended its work on biomedical, environmental, and sustainability themes. A special effort is invested in the education of students and teachers from public schools on themes related to Nanotechnology and Materials Science. The final objective is to incorporate the Puerto Rican youth into the pipeline of this expanding field.