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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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Electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction

Description: The process of hydrogen fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, metal-air batteries and electrolyzers impose much less treat to the environment, but commercialization of such energy devices is limited because of the pricy noble metal catalysts. The rate-limiting reaction is the oxygen evolution reaction catalyzed by IrO2/RuO2. The catalysts are either unstable or display…
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Water purification by capacitive de-ionization (CDI) method

Description: Materials preparation: synthesis of ultra high surface area activated carbon and metal oxide nanoparticles. Material characterization: X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET surface area, Scanning electron microscope(SEM), Transmission electron microscope(TEM), capacity and stability measurements. CDI cells setup. Ions adsorption measurements: Ca2+, Mg2+, As (3+ and 4+), Cl-, F- . Brackish water purification. Completion Objectives: Materials synthesis:…
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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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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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Learn from the best this fall… take CHME 467/567 Nanoscience & Nanotechnology

It’s not everyday you get to learn from one of the most prolific and respected researchers in a particular field of study.  This is your chance!  This course is taught by renowned educator and nanoscience researcher, Dr. Hongmei Luo.  Dr. Luo has been recognized for excellence in both engineering education and nanoscience and electrochemical research…
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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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Changes to Applied Statistics class teaching schedule

UPDATE: Neither course will be offered Spring 2018. 10/24/2016: In order to accommodate a sabbatical and rationalize the longer term schedule of classes there are two upcoming changes to the Applied Statistics schedule that you should know about. Graduate students who are pursuing the minor of study should plan accordingly. A ST 507, Advanced Regression, has…
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Salt migration rates in adobe brick exposed to boundary conditions of varying moisture and salinity

Description: Student will design an experimental protocol to measure salt mobility under various boundary conditions established at the block interfaces, then apply test methods developed by Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc. and presented at EarthUSA to quantify the location of salts at various time intervals. Student will have access to some of the most knowledgable adobe…
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