Shared Facilities

With PREM support, UPRH has improved the infrastructure for Materials Research and Education with the acquisition of new instrumentation. Facilities enhanced with PREM support include three laboratories for materials preparation and characterization (two with 625 square feet each and one with 372 square feet), a computational mathematics research laboratory (450 square feet) and a Videoconference Room (576 square feet). Facilities are shared with the rest of UPRH community, other universities and industry. Research laboratories are also used for teaching and for outreach activities.

On September 12, 2016 UPRH's Administrative Board approved Certification 2013-2014-10 (in Spanish) authorizing PREM to charge fees for using the instruments and for technical support.

Contact: Potential users may contact the Facilities Coordinator, Anamaris Meléndez at 787-850- 0000, ext. 9025, anamaris.melendez@upr.edu or the PREM Program at 787-850- 0000, ext. 9017, prem.uprh@upr.edu.

Materials Processing

Faculty Coordinators: Nicholas Pinto and Idalia Ramos

  • Analytical Scale
  • Benchtop Thermal Evaporator
  • RF Plasma Barrel Reactor
  • Spin Casting Instrument
  • Drying Furnace
  • Air Furnace (Orton Sentry 2.0)
  • Tube Furnaces
  • Electrospinning Station with Syringe Pump and High Voltage Source
  • 3D Printer

Fees for using the instruments and for technical support.

Materials Characterization

Faculty Coordinators: Idalia Ramos and Nicholas Pinto

  • Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) JEOL JSM-IT- 100 with Energy Dispersive Spectrometer (EDS)
  • D2 PHASER Bruker X-ray Diffractometer
  • Nikon Stereoscopic Microscopes
  • Optical Microscope with Camera
  • Agilent Impedance Materials Analyzer (40-110MHz)
  • UV-vis Spectrophotometer
  • Three Electrical Characterization Stations (Two with Low Temperature Cryostats)
  • Semiconductor Analyzer; Gas Sensing Station
  • Lock-In Amplifier
  • Ferroelectric Tester

Fees for using the instruments and for technical support.

Modeling Laboratory

Faculty Coordinator: José Sotero

Main simulation server with Dual Intel Xeon processors (24 cores) and four NVIDIA Fermi GPGPUs, File/web server with 7TB RAID storage system. Software includes compilers, molecular dynamics simulation software (namd, gromacs, LAMMPS, VMD, Wolffia (developed by PREM Computational Mathematics group), Matlab and Comsol.

Fees for using the instruments and for technical support.

Videconference Room

Faculty Coordinators: Gilda Jiménez

Equipped with Videoconference System (Polycom VS4000 with 3 cameras and 12 microphones), large plasma screen for videconference transmissions and presentations, and space for seminars (up to 30 people).

Fees for using the instruments and for technical support.


This material is based upon work supported by the NSF under Grant NO. DMR-1523463.