*** ERC funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Synthesis of Nanoparticles and Optical Sensing***

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TitleERC funded Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Synthesis of Nanoparticles and Optical Sensing
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The “3D Cell Sensing” group (PI: Loretta L.





Dr. Eduardo Nicolau: creando soluciones con la química de nanopartículas

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Dr. Eduardo Nicolau
Dr. Eduardo Nicolau

La Estación Espacial Internacional (EEI), así como los transbordadores espaciales, cuentan con energía limitada para mantener sus equipos funcionando una vez dejan la Tierra. ¿Te imaginas poder generar energía en la EEI con moléculas que se encuentran en la orina de los astronautas? ¿O convertir agua no potable en agua apta para el consumo humano usando materiales que no se ven a simple vista? ¿O tal vez utilizar materiales especiales, llamados biomateriales, para desarrollar implantes de hueso?

Aunque parezca ciencia ficción, el Dr. Eduardo Nicolau y sus estudiantes del laboratorio trabajan arduamente para encontrar soluciones a problemas reales a los que se enfrentan los astronautas, las personas con problemas de salud, y las personas en países de escasos recursos, donde la escasez de agua es un asunto serio.

¿Cómo logra esto? Estudiando la interacción de nanopartículas y biomacromoléculas. Lo que esto quiere decir es que el Dr. Nicolau se enfoca en entender cómo esos materiales bien pequeños (nanopartículas) “ven” a esas moléculas biológicas. “Queremos saber si se ‘saludan’ cuando se encuentran o si no se atraen”, expresó. Dependiendo de estas interacciones es que el Dr. Nicolau decide si estas nanopartículas y moléculas biológicas son adecuadas para ayudar a resolver los problemas antes mencionados.

Dr. Eduardo Nicolau: creating solutions with nanoparticle chemistry

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Dr. Eduardo Nicolau
Dr. Eduardo Nicolau

The International Space Station (ISS) as well as space shuttles possess a limited amount of energy to keep their equipment working once they have been launched into space. Could you imagine being able to generate energy, for the ISS, using molecules found in the astronauts’ urine? Or being able to turn non-drinking water into one that is actually safe to drink?  Moreover, being able to use special materials, called biomaterials, to develop bone grafts?

Although this may sound like science fiction, Dr. Eduardo Nicolau and his students are working very hard to find solutions to these real-world problems. For instance, astronauts, people with severe health conditions, and countries where water scarcity is an issue, could benefit from Dr. Nicolau’s research.

But, how is he planning to accomplish these solutions? It is by studying the interaction between nanoparticles and biomacromolecules. What this means is that Dr. Nicolau focuses on trying to understand how tiny materials, called nanoparticles, “see” biological molecules. “We would like to know if they ‘meet and greet’ or if they ignore each other”, expressed Dr. Nicolau. Depending on the kind of interaction, Dr. Nicolau decides if these nanoparticles or biological molecules are suitable for solving the aforementioned real-world problems.

Tumor-Targeted Magnetic Nanoparticles for Thermo-Controlled Drug Delivery

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer or TNBC is a disease that affects 15% women all over the world. The current treatments for this and all cancers in general are chemotherapy and radiotherapy both of which are as harmful as they are helpful to the cells in the human body. However, the field of nanotechnology with applications in medicine is becoming a vital point in modern research. A regular cell is in the microscale in size which signifies that a nanoparticle (1,000 micrometers smaller) can easily find a way inside a cell and release the drug it carries.

RMSM REU - Aggregation Dynamics of Active Shifted-Dipole Particle Suspensions

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My name is Angel González and I am a student of mechanical engineering at UPRM. At this time I am just 9 credits from my degree and graduate school seems like will be the next step in my career. This is why I decided to apply to the Reconfigurable & Multifunctional Soft Materials REU, to explore the areas of research at my alma mater and acquire skills that will help me through my professional development. So far, one month into the program, I've got the opportunity to learn things that will not only help me during grad school, but throughout my entire life thanks to the seminars and all the activities that our REU managers have arranged for us in addition to the hands on experience that we get on research.

University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez, Summer REU Program

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Hello all,

Welcome to my summer research blog where I'll be keeping all updated on my research adventures and other excursions throughout Puerto Rico!  This summer, I'll be performing research into discovering the characteristics of enzyme - coated Nano particles for 10 weeks researching at the University of Puerto Rico - Mayaguez, Chemical Engineering building.  This opportunity has been provided to me through a summer REU program available through Soft Matter Labs at UPRM.  After my research is completed, I plan to spend another two weeks traveling around Puerto Rico to see all those places I've won't have been able to see only on the weekends.

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