About IFN

The Institute for Functional Nanomaterials is a research center in the field of functional nanomaterials.

It is managed by the Resource Center for Science and Engineering and has active participants from four campuses of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR).

The institute was established in 2007 with a $9 USD million NSF grant over 3 years in the reserve round, and an institutional contribution from UPR in the amount of $3.9 USD million over the three-year duration of the grant.

Recent news

Reportaje Dialogo (Octubre-Noviembre 2011)

Prometedora iniciativa de investigación científica
En tiempos cuando el conocimiento es oro, emerge desde la Universidad de Puerto Rico una ambiciosa iniciativa cuya principal bujía es la creatividad y el...

GK-12 Fellowship Application

The Program Coordinator and the Mentoring Coordinator will evaluate all applications. They must be received no later than March 4, 2011. We will not accept any documents after this date....

The IFN Computational Nanoscience Group

Digging out the hidden order in metallic liquids and glasses C. Z. Wang Ames Laboratory-US Department of Energy and Department of Physics, Iowa State University, Ames Iowa 50011 Friday, December...

Quantum dot-based intermediate band solar cells

Harley T. Johnson
Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Room 341-A
Friday, December 10 2010 at 1:30 PM
Resource Center for Science and Engineering

Postdosctoral Positions in Computational Nanoscience for Energy Technologies

The Puerto Rico and Nebraska EPSCoR Jurisdictions are jointly launching an ambitious consortium to strengthen our computational nanoscience and develop state-of-the-art cyberinfrastructure. The consortium will build the resources and tools...

Third Puerto Rico NSF EPSCoR/RII Institute For Functional Nanomaterials Annual Meeting 2010

THIRD PUERTO RICO NSF EPSCoR/RII INSTITUTE FOR FUNCTIONAL NANOMATERIALS (IFN) ANNUAL MEETING “Transition of the IFN to a Second Phase: Towards Institutionalizing the Institute” May 20-21, 2010 at the Wyndham...

Summer Teacher Training in Physics @ Arecibo Observatory

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Where: Arecibo Observatory
When: July 11 through July 16, 2010
Cost: Free
Amenities included: Lodging & food
Sponsors: Angel Ramos Foundation, Cornell University

NanoDays 2010

NanoDays is back!

Yes...and it  we will be offering at two sites:

1. Mayaguez Mall on April 10, 2010 from 9:00 am to...

K-12 Student & Teacher presentation: Generation of Random Fractals

2nd Puerto Rico NSF/RII EPSCoR/IFN Annual Meeting

The 2nd Annual Meeting for EPSCoR/ IFN will be held Thursday, April 16, 2009 at the Mayaguez Resort and Casino Hotel. This agenda is in PDF format. In order to...

Start-up funds

The IFN will provide resources for the assignment of up to five start-up awards per year, of up to $200,000 for a 2-year period during the 3-year duration of the project. The awards will be made to new faculty on a competitive basis. The RII will make special efforts to recruit women nanoscientists through this mechanism, and expect to recruit at least 5 new women nano scientists during the duration of the project. Each applicant will be required to prepare a research and professional development proposal to achieve research competitiveness; the proposal will be externally peer-reviewed; then the RII Task Force will make the final award decision, based on the programmatic needs of the research Clusters and the long range objective of developing the IFN Institute. The objective of this program is to bootstrap the number of competitive nanoscientists in Puerto Rico by recruiting up to 15 new members to strengthen the IFN clusters and their evolution toward interdisciplinary research groups.


The IFN will provide funds for twelve Ph.D. and six postdoctoral fellows per year. These fellowships have the dual purpose of advancing the research agenda of the IFN Clusters and increasing the number of people working on Nanoscience and Technology in the IFN Clusters and in PR. The IFN researchers, or the applicants themselves, can apply for the fellowship competition. The IFN is committed to actively search and recruit women to the graduate and postdoctoral fellowship programs. All applicants will submit their academic record and a professional development plan. The postdocs will also have to submit a research plan. The RII Task Force will peer review the submitted documents for academic merit, and will make the final selection from among the most meritorious cases, based on the programmatic needs of the Clusters and the evolving IFN research plan, as well as to ensure the diversity of the selected fellows. In addition to the six postdocs, two postdocs will be selected to work specifically in the testbed initiatives of the IFN projects.

Aprobado por la Comisión estatal de Elecciones CEE-SA-12-6083.