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Soil, plant and environmental value-added products from hydrothermal liquefaction process products

Description: The goal of this research is to conduct greenhouse pot study analyzing the effects of char and aqueous phase generated from hydrothermal liquefaction of food waste on basil growth, yield, nutrient assays, and water availability. Food refuse constitutes the single largest waste stream in the United States, contributing to approximately 22 percent of all…
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Value-added use of food waste char

Description: The aim of this research is to investigate into pretreatment of char derived from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of food waste and use the treated char as an adsorbent material. Evaluation of adsorption performance of the HTL-char will be perfromed to determine whether the char derived from food waste hydrothermal liquefaction can be used as…
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Analytical Methods for Measurement of Uranium and Radium in Phytoremediation Studies

Description: Northwestern New Mexico is home to hundreds of uranium mines that are no longer in operation. At many of these sites, groundwater and soil are contaminated with uranium and uranium radioactive decay products that can pose chemical toxicity and radiation exposure hazards. Phytoremediation, the use of plants to concentrate and remove contaminants, is one…
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Comparison of Hops and Hemp for Value-Added Agriculture in New Mexico

Description: Hops (Humulus lupulus) and hemp (Cannabis sativa) are both members of the family Cannabaceae, flowering plants often used for their secondary metabolites, especially terpenes. Both have potential to be economically important in New Mexico, in particular the development of new and unique varieties of hops for brewing, and for production of fiber, oils, seed…
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Analysis and Pelletization Methods in Support of New Mexico Hop Growers

Description: New Mexico’s hop industry is only a few years old but is growing to provide local and specialty hops to New Mexico’s craft brewers. To be marketable and to manage their own hop quality, hop growers need to characterize their hops for alpha/beta acid content, essential oil content, and hop storage index (HIS), a…
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Hydraulic Fracturing Engineer

Position Title: Field Engineer Job Description: As a Field Engineer for Elite Well Services you will be responsible for coordinating all technical aspects of the fracturing service which will include material coordinating and QAQC supervising. There will be pre-job, in-job, and post job analysis that you will be responsible for which we will provide for…
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Processing OFFW Co-Producing Bioenergy and Nutrients

Description: About 40% of the food that is used for human consumption is wasted. As per the 2012 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency statistics, ~15% of the 251 million tons of municipality solid waste was the food waste stream. While the conventional management (example, land-filling) of solid waste and particularly, food waste is not economically viable…
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Non-catalytic denitrogenation of algal biocrude: II

Description: The long-term goal of this project is to develop an innovative non-catalytic method for denitrogenation of algal biocrude obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) processing. HTL involves conversion of whole algae (without drying) performed in hot, compressed water at ~350 oC and 20 MPa (3000 psi) pressure. Algal biocrude obtained from HTL has an energy…
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Reaction Condition Optimization and Product Characterization for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae and Food Waste

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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Reaction Condition Optimization and Product Characterization for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae and Food Waste

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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