Category Archives: Undergraduate Research – Complete

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…
Continue reading “Analytical Methods for Measurement of Uranium and Radium in Phytoremediation Studies” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Analytical Methods for Measurement of Uranium and Radium in Phytoremediation Studies

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)…
Continue reading “Reaction Condition Optimization and Product Characterization for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae and Food Waste” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged | Comments Off on Reaction Condition Optimization and Product Characterization for Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae and Food Waste

Education, Extension and Outreach for Guar and Guayule Bioeconomy in the Southwest

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…
Continue reading “Education, Extension and Outreach for Guar and Guayule Bioeconomy in the Southwest” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged | Comments Off on Education, Extension and Outreach for Guar and Guayule Bioeconomy in the Southwest

Laboratory Characterization of local craft brews and comparison of results based on style and other characteristics

Description: A comparison of local craft brews based on Anton Paar methods of analysis. Completion Objectives: In this project, the researcher will (1) complete required safety training; (2) learn operation of the Anton Paar PBA-B Generation M Packaged Beverage Analyzer; (3) collect and analyze samples of beer obtained from local craft brewers (5-6 samples each…
Continue reading “Laboratory Characterization of local craft brews and comparison of results based on style and other characteristics” »

Posted in NMSBrew, Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged | Comments Off on Laboratory Characterization of local craft brews and comparison of results based on style and other characteristics

Characterization of Guar Residues for Thermochemical Conversion to Fuels

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…
Continue reading “Characterization of Guar Residues for Thermochemical Conversion to Fuels” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged , | Comments Off on Characterization of Guar Residues for Thermochemical Conversion to Fuels

Analysis of NMSU Capabilities relative to ASBC methods of analysis – beer category

Description: Researcher will identify existing capabilities and define needs where capabilities are missing to permit NMSBrew to perform each of the methods of analysis in the American Society of Brewing Chemists beer category. Completion Objectives: For each of the current ASBC methods found in the “beer” category… Identify if resources to perform this method exist…
Continue reading “Analysis of NMSU Capabilities relative to ASBC methods of analysis – beer category” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Analysis of NMSU Capabilities relative to ASBC methods of analysis – beer category

Calculation of Engineering Parameters for Continuous Flow Hydrothermal Liquefaction Reactor

Description: Hydrothermal liquefaction (HTL) of algae in a continuous flow reactor to produce bio-crude oil requires careful control of flow rates and heating rates to allow sufficient reaction time while preventing the formation of clogs. In the pilot scale HTL reactor system, the original design parameters allow for flow rates up to 250 mL/min. The…
Continue reading “Calculation of Engineering Parameters for Continuous Flow Hydrothermal Liquefaction Reactor” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Calculation of Engineering Parameters for Continuous Flow Hydrothermal Liquefaction Reactor

Design of Flow Boiling Experiments for Launching as Payloads to Space

Description: Payloads to Space (PTS) is collaboration between New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) and Hawaii Space Grant Consortium (HSGC) to provide hands-on, cohort-centric STEM undergraduate research opportunities to students in their respective states. The program is designed to provide a common focus on retaining freshmen and sophomore STEM students through a combination of classroom…
Continue reading “Design of Flow Boiling Experiments for Launching as Payloads to Space” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged | Comments Off on Design of Flow Boiling Experiments for Launching as Payloads to Space

Predicting Fluid Phase Behavior of the Aerospace Fuel Hydrazine from Molecular Simulations

Description: Hydrazine is a highly reactive liquid base. It is mainly used as a rocket propellant. It is a hypergolic propellant as a single species because it will spontaneously ignite without an additional oxidizer. Other uses for hydrazine include but are not limited to, the production of spandex fibers, agricultural chemicals, nickel-plating, nuclear fuel reprocessing,…
Continue reading “Predicting Fluid Phase Behavior of the Aerospace Fuel Hydrazine from Molecular Simulations” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged , | Comments Off on Predicting Fluid Phase Behavior of the Aerospace Fuel Hydrazine from Molecular Simulations

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…
Continue reading “Characterization of Pyrolysis Feedstocks and Biochars by SEM and TGA” »

Posted in Undergraduate Research - Complete | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Characterization of Pyrolysis Feedstocks and Biochars by SEM and TGA