Category Archives: Undergraduate Research

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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Thermochemical Valorization of Waste Tires into High-value Products

Description: Around 1.5 billion scrap tires make their way into the environmental cycle each year, so there is an extreme demand to manage and mitigate the environmental impact, which occurs from landfilling and burning. The conventional management (example, landfilling and incineration) of this solid waste is not economically viable and raises environmental concerns. The tire…
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Chemical Instrumentation & Data measurements

Position Title: Undergraduate Research Assistant Job Description: Join a team exploring new technology for real-time gas monitoring. Using new developments in the same technology used to monitor air quality in the International Space Station, advances to gas analysis are being explored at NMSU with the National Science Foundation funding the work. The Eiceman lab has…
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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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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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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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