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  1. Liz Díaz-Vázquez
  2. Associate Professor
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  4. Ctr for Innov Research and Ed in Environ Nanotech
  1. Carlos Cabrera
  2. Profesor
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Ctr for Innov Research and Ed in Environ Nanotech
  1. Julio Cabrera
  2. Film Producer
  3. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  4. Ctr for Innov Research and Ed in Environ Nanotech, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
  1. Ileana Feliciano
  2. Assistant Profesor
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  4. University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras, Ctr for Innov Research and Ed in Environ Nanotech
  1. Bonny Ortiz
  2. Lecturer
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  4. Ctr for Innov Research and Ed in Environ Nanotech, University of Puerto Rico Rio Piedras
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PR NSF-CREST Center for Innovation, Research and Education on Environmental ...

NSF Awards: 1736093

2019 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Undergraduate, Graduate, Informal / multi-age

The CREST-Center for Innovation, Research, and Education in Environmental Nanotechnology (CIRE2N) mission is to contribute to the development of a competitive STEM workforce, and strengthen the outputs of the current nanotechnologies being developed at the University of Puerto Rico, a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), with participants from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Mayagüez, and Cayey Campuses. The center is dedicated to the development of nanomaterials and devices to address environmental issues with the use of nanomaterials. Specifically, CIRE2N seeks to 1) study and understand the interactions that occur when nanomaterials are utilized for the remediation of water and soil, 2) to develop nanomaterials for the adequate sensing of contaminants in the environment, and 3) to assess the capturing of contaminants for energy conversion.  The overarching philosophy in CIRE2N is based upon the fundamental understanding that research and education is a vehicle to achieve self-sustainability and to develop the future Hispanic STEM workforce. CIRE2N researchers benefit from an already identified testbed at Las Cucharillas Marsh, a coastal wetland reserve in Cataño, Puerto Rico, managed by the Corredor Del Yaguazo, Inc.  CIRE2N provides our faculty, K-12, undergraduate and graduate students with the necessary tools to develop successful STEM careers and to improve their science communication skills. Different outreach and education activities are offered in our center such as Nanodays, summer camps, after school activities,   and guided tours to our research  facilities.  In addition, a Citizen-based research initiative is being established and is expected to contribute to helping communities make more informed decisions and establishing public policies related to environment conservation practices and the use of environmental nanotechnology. 

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