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Gibbs Ensemble Computer Simulations of Vapor Liquid Equilibrium of Hydrazine

Description: Hydrazine is a highly reactive liquid base. It is mainly used as a rocket propellant; other uses include but are not limited to, the production of spandex fibers, agricultural chemicals, nickel-plating, nuclear fuel reprocessing, production of plastics and in the removal of halogens from wastewater. Molecular modeling of hydrazine can be a safe and…
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Gibbs Ensemble Computer Simulations of Vapor Liquid Equilibrium of Hydrazine

Description: Hydrazine is a highly reactive liquid base. It is mainly used as a rocket propellant; other uses include but are not limited to, the production of spandex fibers, agricultural chemicals, nickel-plating, nuclear fuel reprocessing, production of plastics and in the removal of halogens from wastewater. Molecular modeling of hydrazine can be a safe and…
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Production and Characterization of Biochars From Excelsior Wastes

Description: Excelsior is long fibers produced from shaving of biomass and is often used for erosion control. Wastes from excelsior production have potential for bioenergy and biochar production. With a commercial collaborator, biochars will be made from excelsior process residues and evaluated for their potential for use on alkaline soils. Completion Objectives: Coordinate with commercial…
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Measurement of Soil Water Retention Characteristics of Amended Soils

Description: In desert environments, any improvement to soil water availability for crops can greatly affect the feasibility and effectiveness of irrigation systems. A variety of soil amendments, such as biochar and compost, can be used to improve soil properties. The purpose of this project is to quantify the potential improvements to agricultural soils. Completion Objectives:…
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Design of Water Desalination System for Pistachio Farm

Description: A pistachio farm near Alamogordo, NM has experienced decreased growth and yields due to high salinity irrigation water. Desalination is a potential solution but more information is needed about the system requirements to select and evaluate a water treatment system. Completion Objectives: Interview farm owner and compile known system requirements. Collect and analyze soil…
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Developing Liquid Scintillation Counting Method for Quantification of NDMA at Ultra-Low Concentrations

Description: As part of the ongoing project with NASA White Sands Test Facility on removal of N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) from groundwater, this project focuses on the development on a new analytical method to measure the NDMA at the part per trillion levels needed for this scenario. By using 14C-labeled NDMA in synthesized solutions, on-campus and timely…
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Reducing Sulfuric Acid in Gases from Anaerobic Digestion

Description: Dairy manure can be used to produce electricity through anaerobic digestion of wet manure/manure liquids followed by combustion of the biogas. One major challenge to producing electricity for dairies in certain regions is the corrosion of electrical motors by the sulfuric acid gases in the biogas due. Several sulfuric acid mitigation technologies exist and…
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Misciblity of poly(ethylene oxide) and acrylate polymers

Description: The miscibility of poly(ethylene oxide) and different acrylate polymers will be studied experimentally and theoretically. Completion Objectives: Modify an existing ESP on polymer blends for this research Determine acrylate polymers that are miscible with poly(ethylene oxide) Predict the phase behavior of acrylate polymers and poly(ethylene oxide) with Flory-Huggins theory and compressible regular solution theory…
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Safe Handling of Lead Iodide

Description: The student will review potential hazards of PbI2 and how it can be handled safely for thin film production. Completion Objectives: Critical review of existing Experimental Safety Procedure Revising the Experimental Safety Procedure Faculty Advisor: Foudazi Required Competencies Safety training Student Researcher: Gabrielle Kral Work Products:

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Carbon dots synthesis and analyses using flow cytometry

Description: The overall goal of the USDA IFSEEN project is to train undergraduates in research, with an emphasis on underrepresented students, as well as to develop a multidisciplinary research program that combines chemical engineering with food science. The specific aim is to characterize the bacterial species in the cultures and understand how the bacterial environment…
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