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The End Of Great Summer!

Gabriela Corali Del Valle's picture

Without doubt, the bubbles have become a topic of great interest for the scientific community. This is because their contribution in different areas such as drug delivery, treatments for diseases as cancer, and their application in environmental scenarios. However, currently there still much to learn and discover about them. Is for this reason, this summer I was working in the Bubble Dynamic Lab in the project “Dynamic of One Microbubble Subjected to a 3D Acoustic Field”. The objective of this project was studying the behavior of one microbubble exposed to a three-dimensional acoustic field. To perform this, an algorithm in Matlab was implemented, in which the trajectory of the microbubble was calculated using the velocity of microbubble.

Self-propelled particles with novel applications in nanotechnology

Alejandra Casanova Sepúlveda's picture

Nowadays nanotechnology is in most of the aspects on our daily basis. It can be found in our smartphones, washing machines, cars, and health issues, in brief, it is everywhere. What relationship has this to colloidal particles? In fact, there are many reason to think that. Colloids are tiny particles of diameters between 10-6 and 10-9 meters suspended in a fluid, such as a liquid or gas. Colloidal suspensions are found in nature in common systems like milk, blood, detergents, fog, whipped cream and many others. Some examples of applications are cargo transportation, drug delivery, biological pump systems, etc. These applications could not be possible without an integrated use of  technological design and nanoparticles.

It's always sunny in Puerto Rico

Robert James Allsopp's picture

My ten week stay in the town of Mayagüez has been quite the adventure. With all the people, places, and things to do there is never a dull moment. After visiting many of the beaches on Puerto Rico I have a new appreaction for Sun Screen and I realize that the sun is always shining here in Puerto Rico. The people on the island are also really nice and they are always happy and fun to be around. So between the actual climate as well as the people, it's always sunny in Puerto Rico.

Last Summer on UPRM

Angel R. Agrinsoni-Santiago's picture

During the last ten weeks I have been working with zeolites modified by transitions metals for the catalytic conversion of methane. This process would result in two main advantages: (1) methane is an inexpensive raw material; (2) a reduction of its emissions into the atmosphere would curb greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere.

Sum(mer) Kind of Wonderful

Mathini Vaikunthan's picture

This ten week REU program has been many kinds of wonderful. From the wonderfully kind people, to the wondrous food, to the many wonders we encountered on the island, I could not have asked for a better way to spend my summer. Just as exciting as the fact that I was in Puerto Rico was the fact that I was working on something completely new to me: materials research in the Mechanical Engineering Department. I am a Chemical and Biological Engineer, so when I found out that I was investigating the viscoelastic properties of composites highly loaded with carbon nanotubes, I was slightly fearful because I only understood at most two words in that project description.

RMSM REU 2016: Done. Research in Pharmaceutical Sciences: In Progress... “A Near Infrared Summer”

Alberto E Serrano Vargas's picture

During this summer REU I have been working on a project titled: The development of NIR calibration models for prediction of low acetaminophen (APAP) concentrations inside a feed frame in real-time. This project is an example of Process Analytical Technology (PAT) framework for pharmaceutical applications.  PAT is part of a guidance proposed by the FDA in 2004 to improve and control quality parameters in pharmaceutical processes through real-time analysis. Near Infrared Spectroscopy is the technique we used for this study because it perfectly complies with the goals of PAT and have a high sensitivity for the detection of many organic compounds. NIR allows for the monitoring of pharmaceutical processes in a non-destructive and non-invasive way.

Tensile Properties of Nanocomposites for Food Packaging Applications- An Abstract

Milan T Brown's picture

This research creates, tests, and analyzes chitosan-talc composite films for the intended development ad usage in the food science industry. Food packaging alone accounts for 570 million pounds of plastic being thrown away in the United States each day1. Due to its inability to degrade, much of this packaging ends up in landfills and our water supply. One solution to this crisis is replacing petroleum based plastics with biopolymers with applications in food packaging. However there are disadvantages to using pure biopolymers for this purpose. Many feasible options have low tensile strength and high hydro-permeability1.

The Conclusion of a Research Experience in Puerto Rico

Eloise Flora Yount's picture

Hello again, CienciaPR readers.

If you read my last blog, you know that I’ve been in Mayaguez, PR for the summer doing research in the RMSM REU (Reconfigurable and Multifunctional Soft Materials Research Experience for Undergraduates) program at the University of Puerto. It’s been a wonderful summer, and I’m sad that the time is almost here to leave this “island of enchantment”.

An Adventure in Puerto Rico: Research, Rental Cars, and Red Trees

Eloise Flora Yount's picture

Greetings CienciaPR community,

My name is Eloise Yount, and I am proud to say that I have the opportunity of conducting research at the UPRM in the interim period between my third and fourth years as an undergraduate student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. I am pursuing a degree in chemical and biomolecular engineering, and with that degree I plan to lay the foundation for a career focused on sustainable technology/renewable energy development and implementation.


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