EPA Awards Student Team to Solve End-of-Life Lithium-Ion Battery Challenge

Lithium ion batteryThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced more than $450,000 in funding for six Phase II student teams as part of the People, Prosperity and the Planet (P3) grant program. These teams, made up of undergraduate and graduate students from across the country, are building upon their successes in Phase I of the P3 grant competition where they designed innovate solutions to real-world environmental and public health challenges. With Phase II funding, the teams will now further develop those projects and designs to ensure they can be sustainably implemented in the field.

Michigan Tech is a recipient for the project Separation and Recovery of Individual Components from the End-of-Life Lithium-Ion Batteries.

Read more at EPA News Releases.

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The principal investigator is Assistant Professor Lei Pan.

Lithium-ion battery technology has become a state-of-the-art energy storage solution for consumer electronics, electric vehicles, and renewable energy. Because these batteries are expected to last only 2-10 years, they will enter the waste stream after reaching the end of their life cycles. The objective of the phase II project is to scale up the Li-ion battery recycling process from the bench scale that has been completed in the phase I project to a small-scale production prototype.

This project will provide approximately five undergraduate research assistant positions to students of diverse background at Michigan Technological University. These students will gain hands-on experience and interact with industrial partners. In addition, undergraduate students will be given opportunities to attend national and local conferences to present their research. The team will develop a mini mobile lab for high-school and middle-school teachers to teach engineering in their classrooms.




Tulane SMART REU

I am writing to draw your attention to the Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane REU site at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA this coming Summer 2019. This multidisciplinary REU site provides material research experiences in the focus areas of Health, Energy, and the Environment. Seminars on graduate study, data analysis, and research communication will be provided as well. Students participating in this 10-week summer experience (May 28th, 2019 thru August 2nd, 2019) will receive a $5000 stipend, on campus housing, and a travel allowance.

To help advertise this new site we ask that you please print and post the flyer attached to this email on your bulletin board and send the flyer out to your sophomore and junior students. Interested students can learn more information on the REU site website (http://smartreu.tulane.edu/

Thank you for helping us spread the word about our REU site.

Sincerely,

Prof. Hank Ashbaugh

SMART REU Director

Summer MAterials Research @ Tulane (SMART) | Tulane University School of Science and Engineering

smartreu.tulane.edu



NSF-REU opportunities

Cleveland State University has two NSF-REU program that may be of interest to your undergraduate students. “Rehabilitation Engineering”, with details shown below. Please post or forward this information to interested students.

Thank you.

RE@CSU

Rehabilitation Engineering at Cleveland State University

A Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates

May 29 – August 7, 2019

If you are an undergraduate student interested in creating and using technology to transform the lives of people with disabilities, this program is for you. This is an opportunity to explore a career path that is meaningful and significant and touches lives. We are looking for students at all undergraduate levels majoring in engineering, computer science, or a related area. We especially encourage students with disabilities and students from underrepresented minority groups to apply.

You will be immersed in a community of undergraduate researchers, graduate students, engineering mentors, health care professionals, and, most importantly, people with disabilities. Together you will work on research projects to restore movement to people with paralyzed arms, develop new prosthetic legs, help improve balance in older adults, and explore the mechanics of injured joints. For ten weeks during the summer you will live at Cleveland State University and work in research labs at CSU and in hospitals in Cleveland.

Benefits include:

· personal interaction with people with disabilities

· participation in cutting edge rehabilitation research

· membership in a supporting research community

· one on one mentoring

· help preparing for graduate school applications or a job search

· opportunity to travel to and present your research at an academic conference

· $5000 stipend

· free room and meal plan

· free travel to and from Cleveland

For more details please visit

http://bit.ly/RECSUbmeDepartmentChiars


Eric Schearer
Assistant Professor
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Cleveland State University
1960 E 24th St., FH237
Cleveland, OH 44115
Phone (216)687-6901

Joanne M. Belovich, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Department

Fenn Hall 455

Cleveland State University

216-687-3502

j.belovich@csuohio.edu


Summer REU experience at Mississippi State University

The Mississippi State University Chemical Engineering Department seeks applicants for an interdisciplinary NSF-supported summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in summer 2019. Students who have completed their freshman year of college and who have not yet graduated can participate Summer Research Program activities in Optoelectronic Materials. The selected students work on a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor in the Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. The students will have the opportunities to participate in professional development, social and outreach activities. Student participants will receive a $5,000 stipend, a housing and meal plan for ten weeks, and travel assistance.

We would appreciate you disseminating word about this opportunity. Students can find more details at the link below. Or they can contact the PIs directly.

santanukundu@che.msstate.edu

neerajrai@che.mssttae.edu

Thank you for your assistance.

Sincerely,

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Bill B. Elmore, Ph.D., P.E.

Director & Deavenport Chair

Swalm School of Chemical Engineering

P.O. Box 9595

323 President’s Circle

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State, MS 39762

elmore@che.msstate.edu

PH (662) 325-2480

FX (662) 325-2482


Penn State ChE REU – Integration of Biology and Materials

The Department of Chemical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University will host a Research Experience for Undergraduates Site focused on the Integration of Biology and Materials May 28 – August 2, 2019. This REU program will provide a 10 week collaborative research experience for undergraduate students aimed at advancing the field and applications of biomolecular materials. Projects will span a variety of topics including design of biomaterials, control of living-nonliving interfaces, and development of processes for effective recovery of biomolecules. In addition to the hands-on research experience, students will participate in a variety of technical and social activities including seminars, facilities tours, and visits to local attractions. Interactions with other REU sites at Penn State and a focus on collaborative work in teams will provide social, research and personal growth opportunities beyond the research project work. Undergraduate students in Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Materials Science, Physics or related majors are encouraged to apply. More information regarding this REU program and an online application can be found at: https://www.che.psu.edu/reu/index.aspx

Program dates: May 28 – August 3, 2019

Award includes: $4,500 stipend, up to $1,900 for on-campus housing, and up to $400 for travel (for non-PA students only).

Selection and eligibility: Selection for this program is based on the applicant’s academic standing, a brief statement of interest, and two reference letters from faculty members. US citizenship or permanent residence status is required. Please see the online application.

Application deadline: February 15, 2019. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, and applicants are encouraged to submit their materials before the deadline to receive full consideration. Information on how to submit an application can be found at: https://www.che.psu.edu/reu/apply.aspx

Questions can be addressed to Dr. Esther Gomez (ewg10@psu.edu)


Jerry Norkol Excels Behind the Scenes

Jerry A. Norkol
Jerry A. Norkol

At an awards program in the Memorial Union Ballroom Wednesday (Jan. 9, 2018), staff members were honored with the Staff Council Making a Difference Award.

The Behind the Scenes Award was given to Jerry Norkol, master machinist, Chemical Engineering.

As one letter of support states “Jerry has always been available to help with various tasks in my lab or office, most things you would never notice. Whether it is helping hang things on the concrete walls, installing a rug, assembling furniture, installing laboratory equipment, making modifications to equipment and materials that accommodate my experiments, ordering parts or finding gas regulators, Jerry is efficient and helpful.”

Read more at the Staff Council blog.


DOE Highlights Bioenergy Research

Rebecca G. Ong
Rebecca G. Ong

Work by Rebecca Ong (ChE) and colleagues at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Michigan State University was highlighted by the Department of Energy, Biological and Environmental Research (BER).

The work compared experimental fuel yields from five different potential bioenergy feedstocks and determined that a lignocellulosic ethanol refinery could use a range of plant types without having a major impact on the amount of ethanol produced per acre.

Diverse Biofeedstocks Have High Ethanol Yields and Offer Biorefineries Flexibility

Evidence suggests that biorefineries can accept various feedstocks without negatively impacting the amount of ethanol produced per acre.

Refineries to convert biomass into fuels often rely on just one feedstock. If the refineries could accept more than one feedstock, it would greatly benefit refinery operation. Scientists at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center investigated how five different feedstocks affected process and field-scale ethanol yields.

Read more at the BER.