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Chemical Engineering Research News Briefs

Robert Handler, David Shonnard, and Jiqing Fan (ChE/SFI) have been awarded $47,602 for environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) studies for Gas Technology Institute (GTI), and the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation Grand Challenge on a project to transform carbon from a liability into an asset. GTI will serve as the prime contractor and will perform process engineering, catalysts, and reaction systems research and development work. Michigan Tech will be a subcontractor performing LCA. The project began on April 1 and will run for two years.

Scientists develop simple analysis tool for tears: Research led by associate professor Adrienne Minerick (ChE) to develop a tear test for vitamin deficiency was picked up by the news site Medical News.

PI Adrienne Minerick (ChE) and Co-Pis Mary Raber (ILI) and Paul Bergstrom (ECE) have been awarded a $200,000 research grant from the National Science Foundation for “PFI: AIR–TT: Blood Typing Device without Reagents: Sensing Electrodes to Replace Optics.”

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) Awards to Chemical Engineering students, showing their advisor and project title.
Shannon Ennis; Chemical Engineering; S. Komar Kawatra
Title: pH Neutral Iron Ore Processing: A Breakthrough in Environmentally Friendly Mineral Processing
Peter Gardner; Chemical Engineering; Caryn Heldt
Title: Infectivity of Hepatitis A Virus and Porcine Parvovirus in the Presence of Cochlospermum Planchonii Extracts
Alex Reichanadter ; Chemical Engineering; Julie King;
Title: Mechanical Properties of Continuous Carbon Fiber/Graphene Nanoplatelet/Epoxy Composites

Biofuels Digest, a publication featuring news of the biofuels industry, published an article on American Process, an Alpena, Mich., based biofuel refinery that recently shipped the first shipment of cellulosic ethanol produced from forest waste products. In the article, CEO Theodora Retsina credited Michigan Tech for technological support, for the experiments and environmental analyses conducted by professor David Shonnard (ChE), professor Sue Bagley (Bio Sci) and students.

Michigan Tech Collaborates on $4 Million Department of Energy Project

Michigan Technological University is one of three colleges and universities that will collaborate with the biotech-based alternative fuels and chemical company LanzaTech on a $4 million research project. They will work to find ways to convert waste methane into low carbon fuels and chemicals.

Funding for the 3-year research project comes from the US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E).

Chemical Engineering Professor David Shonnard will lead the research at Michigan Tech, with Robert Handler providing technical and program management support. Shonnard is director of the University’s Sustainable Futures Institute (SFI) and holds the Richard and Bonnie Robbins Chair in Sustainable Materials. Handler is SFI operations manager

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ASISC Annual Meeting

ASISC is a true partnership of academic institutions and industry with research interests in sustainable iron and steel making. This partnership leverages the strengths of academia and industry by pooling resources to address a diverse spectrum of interdisciplinary research questions of mutual benefit to ASISC members. Continue reading

First Place in Innovation Corps

Another I-Corps Team Claims First: Michigan Tech’s latest I-Corps team placed first among 21 teams in New York last week, after a final presentation of their market analyses for new technologies. The team was led by Chemical Engineering Associate Professor Adrienne Minerick, with post-doc Kaela Leonard serving as entrepreneurial lead and team mentor Mary Raber, associate director of the Institute for Leadership and Innovation.

A National Science Foundation program, I-Corps stands for Innovation Corps. Its goal is to help researchers learn how to do customer and market analysis, to enable them to fine-tune their technologies to meet an actual market need.

The technology they are looking to develop is a rapid, portable blood-typing device.

Minerick’s team is the third one from Michigan Tech chosen to participate in the I-Corps program.

ESC/BRC Student Research Forum Winners Announced

ESC/BRC Student Research Forum Winners Announced
The Ecosystem Science Center and the Biotechnology Research Center announced award recipients of the Ninth Annual ESC/BRC Student Research Forum, held March 27.
For the graduate students, two Grand Prize Awards and six Merit Awards were presented. They were selected from among the 59 posters and abstracts submitted by graduate students conducting research related to ecology, the environment and biotechnology at Michigan Tech.
Maria Tafur of the Chemical Engineering depaertment won a Merit Award for, “Reduction of Porcine Parvovirus Infectivity in the Presence of Protecting Osmolytes, ” Advisor: Caryn Heldt

Chemical Engineering Sweeps Poster Competition at SME Annual Meeting

Four Michigan Tech Chemical Engineering students placed in the annual Minerals Processing division undergraduate and graduate poster competition during the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) Annual meeting in Denver on February 27. This annual poster competition showcases research from the top mining and mineral processing programs across the nation and is judged by some of the top engineers and scientists in industry and academia. It involved a five-minute oral presentation in a special session as well as a public poster display at a large SME gathering. Continue reading

Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Forum

The 1st Annual Graduate Research Forum for the Department of Chemical Engineering was held on January 24, 2013.
Judges for the Oral Presentations were:

  • Richard Donovan – Senior Research Engineer (Chemical Engineering)
  • Jay Meldrum – Director (Keweenaw Research Center)
  • Caryn Heldt – Assistant Professor (Chemical Engineering)
  • Debra Charlesworth – Assistant to the Dean (Graduate School)
    Awards will be announced on Friday, February 1, 2013, 12-1 in room 215 Chem Sci.
    Check the webpage for photos and award announcements.