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UPRM PREM Professor Receives NSF CAREER Award

Professor Carlos Rinaldi, one of UPRM PREM researchers, received NSF CAREER Award for his proposal titled “Response of Novel Suspensions of Magnetic Nanoparticles to Time-Varying Magnetic Fields.” The amount of the award $401,521 is for four years starting this February. Prof. Rinaldi’s development plan combines his expertise in modeling and magne-torheological characterization of suspensions of magnetic nanoparticles in Newtonian fluids (ferrofluids) with synthesis and preparation of novel magnetically active complex fluids such as suspensions of spherical magnetic nanoparticles in non-Newtonian fluids and liquid crys-tals and suspensions of non-spherical nanoparticles in Newtonian fluids. The response of these novel magnetic fluids to time varying magnetic fields will be studied through a combi-nation of modeling and experiments using AC susceptometers, magnetic birefringence, and magnetorheometers coupled with the Ultrasonic Doppler Velocimetry method.

The education and outreach components of the plan aim to increase the participation and enhance the education of underrepresented groups such as Hispanics through: (1) science demonstrations at underserved pre-college schools in Puerto Rico and hosting of pre-college teachers in the laboratory during the summers, (2) seminars on research ethics and manu-script and proposal preparation aimed at establishing a "Research Culture" at UPRM, and (3) development of the course "Introduction to Chemical Engineering Research." Prior NSF in-vestments in education and outreach will be leveraged by partnering with the UPRM Science on Wheels Educational Center (SONWEC) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Materi-als Research Science and Engineering Center Interdisciplinary Research Group to translate educational modules for pre-college audiences into Spanish, to be used in Puerto Rico and with US Hispanic communities.

Since the beginning of PREM almost two years ago, Prof. Rinaldi published five peer-reviewed articles in top scientific journals, participated along with this students forty-four oral and poster presentations, authored three conference proceedings and two handbook chap-ters. In addition to PREM he was able to attract more than $1M in research and education funds to our university. This research throughput makes him one of the most prolific partici-pants of PREM and professors in our institution.

Prof. Carlos Rinaldi and some of his students working in his laboratory

Prof. Carlos Rinaldi (in blue shirt) and some of his students working in his laboratory


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