Scanning Electron Microscope

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, 2013 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 anamaris.melendez@upr.edu or the PREM Program at prem.uprh@upr.edu.

Materials Processing

Faculty Coordinators: Nicholas Pinto and Idalia Ramos

  • Two Analytical Scales
  • Benchtop Thermal Evaporator DSCT Vac Coat
  • RF Plasma Barrel Reactor, PT7160 Polaron Range
  • Spin Casting Instrument
  • Drying Furnace, DX 300 Yamato
  • Air Furnace (Orton Sentry 2.0)
  • Tube Furnaces, GHC 12/1200 Carbolite; 21100 ThermolyneC
  • Electrospinning Station with Syringe Pump and High Voltage Source
  • Tip Sonicator Q500 QSonica
  • Glove Box System
  • 3D Printer
  • Two Hydraulic Presses, Model C Carver and Caver Standard Pellet Press

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)
  • 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
  • Two Electrochemical Measurement Systems: Potentiostat/Galvanostat
  • Lock-In Amplifier
  • Manual Critical Point Dryer Tousimis, Sandri-PVT-3D
  • High Speed Refrigerated Centrifuge, Allegra 64R, Beckman Coulter
  • Ferroelectric Tester
  • Metler Toledo Thermal Analysis TGA 2
  • Metler Toledo Thermal Analysis DSC 3
  • Anton Paar MCR 702 TwinDrive Modular Compact Rheometer with DRD, DMA and CTD 600

Fees for using the instruments and for technical support.

Materials Modeling

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.

Videoconference Room

Faculty Coordinator: Idalia Ramos

Meeting room equipped with Logicom Videoconference System (includes HD video camera, speakerphones and microphones), one 65 in LG Smart TV and infocus projector and space for seminars (up to 30 people).

Fees for using the instruments and for technical support.