The NSF & PREM
The University of Texas-Pan American is proud to be awarded the Partnership for Research and Education in Materials (PREMs) grant under the 2009 PREM competition. This grant was awarded by the National Science foundation. The University of Texas-Pan American partners with MRSEC from University of Minnesota, both universities will be working in research projects that involve organic photovoltaic, self-healing materials, Nano reinforced polymers, and nanomaterials for energy storage. The UTPA team envisions the PREM program to be a formal venue to "facilitate the development of formal long term materials research and education relationships" with a DMR center and to develop a formal interaction of Material Science faculty from several departments within the College of Science and Engineering (COSE) through the development of a Materials Science Center. This interdisciplinary center will pool the resources of talented junior faculty from COSE into the development of materials, devices and system analysis. The UTPA/UMN partnership will provide inter alia, technical expertise, access to a broad range of instrumentation for advanced materials characterization, student and faculty exchanges, seminars, and access to industrial collaboration.