What is the NSF-PREM-CiE2M?

The NSF-PREM CIE2M rests on the partnership of four institutions that complete the PREM pathway, Universidad Ana G. Méndez Cupey Campus and Gurabo Campus, the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, all Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) at Cornell University, a Division of Materials Research funded center.

Mission

The Center brings together a diverse and talented scientific community with experience and expertise in electrochemistry, solid-state chemistry, inorganic chemistry, and synchrotron-based techniques for characterization of energy materials in operandoconditions at CHESS. The partnership will help develop a fundamental understanding of charge transfer mechanisms and electrochemical processes across surfaces, sub-surfaces, and interfaces in nanostructured materials. And will motivate and prepare undergraduate and graduate students to pursue interdisciplinary careers using synchrotron-based techniques.

Goals

  • To enhance the participant’s research capacity, scientific productivity, and training in the field of materials characterization using synchrotron-based techniques

  • To promote recruitment, retention, and degree attainment of minority students involved in STEM fields

  • To increase the number of Hispanic users at CHESS by providing opportunities to expose students and postdocs to the utilization of synchrotron-based techniques

  • To increase our understanding of interfacial electrochemistry and to develop new energy technologies

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PREM – Outreach

The collaborative effort establish by this project will improve the infrastructure for research and education at our institutions by linking CHESS scientist with our team of students and researchers. In addition, it will support research efforts of students at the three institutions and provide workshops for scholars in preparation to their visit to the CHESS facilities. This project will impact High School teachers with research experiences in the participating laboratories. Our participation with demonstrations and interactive tables highlighting basic concepts underling CiE2M research will be use to engage the general public in outreach activities directed to increase their interest in science.

The collaborative effort establish by this project will improve the infrastructure for research and education at our institutions by linking CHESS scientist with our team of students and researchers.

Four Chemistry and/or Physics High School Teachers per year will have the opportunity to perform research activities in the participant laboratories.

Modules , animations, videos and a virtual tour of CHESS will provide information to the general community through CiE2M Website: http://prem-cie2m.upr.edu

Demonstrations and interactive tables highlighting basic concepts underling CiE2M research will be use to engage the general public in outreach activities directed to increase their interest in science.

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