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Education, Extension and Outreach for Guar and Guayule Bioeconomy in the Southwest

Description: Guar and guayule are two crops with potential for large-scale production in the arid Southwest. The target products are natural rubber, resin (for commodity chemicals), and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guayule, and guar gum (emulsifier), guar meal (animal feed) and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guar. This project is part of a larger…
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Laboratory Characterization of local craft brews and comparison of results based on style and other characteristics

Description: A comparison of local craft brews based on Anton Paar methods of analysis. Completion Objectives: In this project, the researcher will (1) complete required safety training; (2) learn operation of the Anton Paar PBA-B Generation M Packaged Beverage Analyzer; (3) collect and analyze samples of beer obtained from local craft brewers (5-6 samples each…
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Characterization of Guar Residues for Thermochemical Conversion to Fuels

Description: Guar and guayule are two crops with potential for large-scale production in the arid Southwest. The target products are natural rubber, resin (for commodity chemicals), and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guayule, and guar gum (emulsifier), guar meal (animal feed) and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guar. This project is part of a larger…
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Analysis of NMSU Capabilities relative to ASBC methods of analysis – beer category

Description: Researcher will identify existing capabilities and define needs where capabilities are missing to permit NMSBrew to perform each of the methods of analysis in the American Society of Brewing Chemists beer category. Completion Objectives: For each of the current ASBC methods found in the “beer” category… Identify if resources to perform this method exist…
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Calculation of Engineering Parameters for Continuous Flow Hydrothermal Liquefaction Reactor

Description: Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae in a continuous flow reactor to produce bio-crude oil requires careful control of flow rates and heating rates to allow sufficient reaction time while preventing the formation of clogs. In the pilot scale HTL reactor system, the original design parameters allow for flow rates up to 250 mL/min. The…
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Design of Flow Boiling Experiments for Launching as Payloads to Space

Description: Payloads to Space (PTS) is collaboration between New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) to provide hands-on, cohort-centric STEM undergraduate research opportunities to students in their respective states. The program is designed to provide a common focus on retaining freshmen and sophomore STEM students through a combination of classroom…
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Characterization of Pyrolysis Feedstocks and Biochars by SEM and TGA

Description: Understanding the composition and properties of a biomass feedstock is critical to understanding and predicting the properties of that feedstock’s pyrolysis products. In this project, the thermal decomposition of biomass-derived and non-biomass-derived components of a NASA spacecraft waste simulant will be measured by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) to understand the volatilization rates. Those volatilization rates…
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Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae Grown on Dairy and Municipal Wastewaters

Description: Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) converts wet biomass at high temperatures and high pressures into a solid char, an oil-phase liquid, an aqueous phase liquid, and non-condensable gases. The different phases provide opportunities for recovery of energy and materials from wastes. In this project, HTL is used to recover energy (in the form of bio-crude oil)…
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Resources for Brewery Engineering Education in New Mexico

Description: Development of the Brewery Engineering program at NMSU will require identification and compilation of educational resources. Those resources include notes and course materials from formal classroom courses on brewing, professional and industry organizations, conferences and events, small and large businesses, and individuals willing to serve in advisory roles. Completion Objectives: • Digitize and organize…
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Development of Materials for Teaching Sustainability Using Biomass-Derived Resources

Description: Guar and guayule are two crops with potential for large-scale production in the arid Southwest. The target products are natural rubber, resin (for commodity chemicals), and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guayule, and guar gum (emulsifier), guar meal (animal feed) and bagasse (for liquid fuels) from guar. This project is part of a larger…
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