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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…
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Membrane Filtration for the Isolation of Valuable Components from the Aqueous Stream of Steam Exploded Citrus Processing Waste

Description: About 95% of the oranges produced in US are used for processing into juice. Citrus processing waste (CPW) is what remains from the fruit after it has been processed into juice. CPW is made up of the peel, rag, juice sacs and seeds. Approximately 44% of the orange fruit mass wet consists of CPW….
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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,…
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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…
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Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Algae Grown on Dairy and Municipal Wastewaters

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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Resources for Brewery Engineering Education in New Mexico

Description: Development of the Brewery Engineering program at NMSU will require identification and compilation of educational resources. Those resources include notes and course materials from formal classroom courses on brewing, professional and industry organizations, conferences and events, small and large businesses, and individuals willing to serve in advisory roles. Completion Objectives: • Digitize and organize…
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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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Electrocatalysts for oxygen evolution reaction and hydrogen evolution reaction

Description: The process of hydrogen fuel cells, solid oxide fuel cells, metal-air batteries and electrolyzers impose much less treat to the environment, but commercialization of such energy devices is limited because of the pricy noble metal catalysts. The rate-limiting reaction is the oxygen evolution reaction catalyzed by IrO2/RuO2. The catalysts are either unstable or display…
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Water purification by capacitive de-ionization (CDI) method

Description: Materials preparation: synthesis of ultra high surface area activated carbon and metal oxide nanoparticles. Material characterization: X-ray diffraction (XRD), BET surface area, Scanning electron microscope(SEM), Transmission electron microscope(TEM), capacity and stability measurements. CDI cells setup. Ions adsorption measurements: Ca2+, Mg2+, As (3+ and 4+), Cl-, F- . Brackish water purification. Completion Objectives: Materials synthesis:…
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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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