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Acquisition of a SAXS Facility for the Study of Novel Polymer Nanocomposite Membranes

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Final rept. 15 Feb 2014-14 Feb 2015

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A state-of-the-art small angle x-ray scattering SAXS instrument with wide angle x-ray scattering WAXS and grazing incidence x-ray scattering GI-SAXS capability was purchased and installed in the R D Center Lab GB-03 of of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez Figure 1. The Anton-Paar SAXSpace equipment was properly installed and the training was conducted during August 18-22, 2014. The equipment was extensively used contributing to several publications described ahead. These non-invasive scattering techniques provide valuable information at the nanoscale regarding size, shape, morphology and even particle interaction. This facility will further advance the understanding of the resulting nanostructure of novel polymer nanocomposite membranes PNMs at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez UPRM. It supports our current efforts with novel polymer chemistries and architectures, which incorporate functionalized organicinorganic additives creating unique PNMs. In addition, it can also be used in many other current research efforts at UPRM such as pharmaceutical engineering, biological engineering, catalysis, adsorption, and the development of other complex nanomaterials. This facility is the only facility in UPRM and in Puerto Rico capable of performing these powerful characterization techniques. In addition, it supports the education of numerous underrepresented Hispanic graduate and undergraduate students in STEM at UPRM, where knowledge and application of scattering techniques was very limited only through interactions with collaborators outside Puerto Rico.

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  • Polymer Chemistry
  • Mechanics

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