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Biomarker Detection Using Portable Analyzer

Description: The research will involve testing 100 test strips that have been developed to detect solutions of urea and ammonia to simulate saliva levels for dehydration and kidney function. The experimental procedure and device has been established, however an analysis of the data and a mathematical simulation of the data have not been identified. This…
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Fabrication of membranes

Description: The current challenge in membrane industry is to increase the permeability, while having high solute rejection rate. In this project, the student will fabricate ultrafiltration membranes with different compositions and test their performance. Completion Objectives: Fabricate membranes Characterize membranes in terms of permeability and rejection Faculty Advisor: Foudazi Required Competencies Completion of required safety…
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Soil and plant value-added products from hydrothermal liquefaction

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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Denitrogenation of algal biocrude obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction process

Description: This project aims to develop an innovative separation technique for denitrogenation of biocrude obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction of algae. Hydrothermal liquefaction (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 content of 80-93%…
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Design of Automation for Seidel Brewery

Description: Automation presents great opportunities for improving efficiency and design within the beer industry, even at the micro- or craft scales. Some examples include small-scale, automated grain-transfer systems and automated brew kettles with volume and heat sensors. Innovations for these processes decreases the amount of labor to perform monitoring (watching the kettle) and repeated tasks…
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Identification of ASBC analytical method capabilities across NMSU

Description: Student will become knowledgable of the many methods of analysis maintained by the American Society of Brewing Chemists, and determine to what extent NMSU is capable of performing each, including identifying capital resources and expertise needed of those methods for which there is no or partial capability at NMSU. Completion Objectives: A list of…
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Flow cytometry instrument development

Description: Students are sought to help with a biomedical engineering research project. Our research incorporates many disciplines including: biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, chemical engineering, and physics. Our laboratory studies flow cytometry. Flow cytometry is a single cell counting tool used to collect features from cells including phenotype, genotype, morphology, and more. Flow cytometers work by…
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Catalytic Hydrodeoxygenation and Hydrodenitrogenation of Algal Biocrude into hydrocarbon fuels

Description: Algal biocrude is obtained from hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) and pyrolysis processes contains large amounts of nitrogen and oxygen heteroatoms that make it unsutiable for further use. Algal biocrude needs to be catalytically upgraded via hydrodeoxygenation (HDO) and hydrodenitrogenation (HDN) into liquid transportation fuels. The current project prepares the student gain insight into role of…
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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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Hydrothermal Treatment is an Innovative way of Nutrient Recovery and Waste Minimization

Description: Recovery of the nutrients (primarily, nitrogen and phosphorous) in solid waste is important for better land nutrient management practices and remediation of nutrient pollution of surrounding waterways, and is a path forward to generating renewable nutrients. Hydrothermal treatment (HT) employs the ‘subcritical water as a medium (combination of heat and water at high temperature…
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