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Rockstraw/Martinez to study 3D-printed mechanoluminescent materials under LANL contract

Undergraduate CHME senior Matthew Martinez will work with Dr. David Rockstraw on a $40,000 contract issued by Los Alamos National Laboratory to study 3D-printed mechanoluminescent materials.  Mechanoluminescence refers to the emission of light resulting from any mechanical action (such as ultrasound) on a solid.. Martinez and Rockstraw will develop a methodology and proof of concept to…
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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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Mathematical model of salt migration and coving phenomena in an adobe wall

Description: Establish the conservation equations and boundary conditions needed to solve for the transient movement of salts from the soil into an adobe wall upwards from grade.  This project will build on work performed by Dr. Rockstraw with others in Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc.  Completion Objectives: The complete set of conservation equations and boundary conditions relevant to…
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Briggs-Rauscher Reaction Outreach ESP and demo completion (1 credit hour CHME 498)

Description: Modify the ESP and successfully demonstrate the Briggs-Rauscher Reaction as an outreach demo for the AICHE student chapter. Objectives and requirements are the same as the project completed by Troy Scuito. Briggs-Rauscher Reaction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WasYuiOk5xQ https://ncsu.edu/project/chemistrydemos/Kinetics/BriggsRauscher.pdf Completion Objectives: Modify as necessary the ESP for the Briggs-Rauscher Reaction prepared by Troy Scuito (BSCHE 2016). Order all necessary chemicals and…
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CHME unit ops lab microbrew pilot plant construction/start-up/debottlenecking

Description: Students (up to four) will coordinate the installation and start-up of the unit operations lab brewery pilot plant working with department head and other relevant constituents. Completion Objectives: Procure remaining hardware needs Install equipment Prepare ESP for operation Operate equipment per ESP Document entire process including photographs depicting installation progress (such as a time…
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New imaging scintillators for high energy, multi-pulse flash radiography

Description: The Single Crystal Growth Laboratory at LANL has a substantial history of development of new scintillators and development of fabrication technology for different detector geometries and formats. It is in this lab that the student will work in a small team environment to support this project for new imaging scintillators for high energy, multi-pulse…
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Rockstraw and Wade recognized with Bromilow Award

Engineers recognized with Bromilow Awards

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Catalytic Pyrolysis of Plastics

Description: Experiment, analyze, compile, and compare catalysts and their effects on pyrolysis on solid plastic waste. Staffing Details: Completion Objectives: The student will (1) assist in the development of a kinetic model of solid plastic waste pyrolysis; (2) assist in the analysis and improvement of the pyrolysis process of SPW; and perform rudimentary characterization experiments…
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Rockstraw named Fellow of AICHE

Less than 3% of the AICHE membership achieve this level. https://newscenter.nmsu.edu/Articles/view/11638/nmsu-chemical-materials-engineering-department-head-earns-fellow-recognition

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NMSU CHME productivity at top of peer departments

In the fall of 2014, Kelsey Lee was seeking an activity for which she could receive an hour of academic credit.  The CHME Department engaged Ms. Lee in a CHME 498 research activity to mine data about research productivity from the Web of Science.    The study below is the result of her efforts.  Ms. Lee’s…
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