Chemical Engineering News Briefs

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David Shonnard (ECM/SFI) gave an invited talk, “Biofuel Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities” at Wayne State University for the Sustainability@Wayne seminar series on Oct. 20.

CBS Sunday Morning featured a story about David Edwards, a 1983 Michigan Tech alumnus and winner of Tech’s Melvin Calvin Medal, who designed and markets the o-phone, a phone that transmits aromas. Edwards is a biomedical engineering professor at Harvard University. Watch the story.

Faith Morrison (ChE), has been elected to the status of Fellow of the Society of Rheology. She’ll receive her certificates during the SOR 87th Annual Meeting in Baltimore in October. In his letter to Morrison, SOR President Gregory B. McKenna said the awardees recognized at the Baltimore meeting are the “inaugural” class of fellows.

Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, Adrienne Minerick (ChE), has received a $50,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a research project titled, EAGER: Therapeutic Protein Separations via Surface Isoelectric Focusing (SIEF).

Technology Century, a science and technology news website run by the Engineering Society of Detroit, published an article about the NSF-funded meeting of multidisciplinary bioenergy researchers from Canada, the US, Central and South America that was held at Michigan Tech last week. Read the article.

In an article about graphene, The Economist mentioned Michigan Tech’s research into graphene-based 3-D bioprinting to regenerate nerve cells in patients with spinal cord injuries.

Technology Century, a science and technology news website published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, reported on a visit by ESD executives to Michigan Tech and plans to establish a student chapter of the ESD at Michigan Tech.

Tech Century, a science and technology news service published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, ran a comprehensive report and photo gallery on their tour of Michigan Tech engineering labs last week.

ScienceAroundMichigan, a science news website focusing on Michigan research, published an article on the international bioenergy conference held at Michigan Tech earlier this month.

Caryn Heldt (ChE) is the principal on a three-year research and development project that received a $349,250 grant from the National Science Foundation. The project is titled, GOALI: Graphene Paper Sensor for Disease Detection.
Also involved in the project are Adrienne Minerick (ChE), Julia King (ChE) and Warren Perger (ECE).

TV 6 and Fox UP, reported on Professor Adrienne Minerick’s (ChemEng) appointment as associate dean for research and innovation in Tech’s College of Engineering. You can view the story online.

Assistant Professor Caryn Heldt (ChE) has been awarded an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellowship to conduct research at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio on graphene biosensors.

Adrienne Minerick has been invited to serve on the Chemical Engineering Education (CEE) Journal Publications Board. Her three-year appointment will begin Fall 2015. CEE is the premier archival journal for chemical engineering educators.

David Shonnard (ChE/SFI), Bethany Klemetsrud, Jordan Klinger and Suchada Ukaew (ChE) have received $24,482 from Battelle Energy Alliance, LLC for the research and development project titled “Characterization of Products From Fast Pyrolysis of Municipal Solid Waste: Preliminary Analyses Using Micro-Pyrolysis.”

Caryn Heldt (ChE/BRC) has received $104,633 for the first year of a five-year project totaling $525,684 from the National Science Foundation. The title of the project is “CAREER: Surface and Interparticle Forces for Improved Virus Removal.”

Technology Century, an online and print publication of the Engineering Society of Detroit, featured editor Matt Roush’s interviews with faculty and graduate students from the College of Engineering at Michigan Tech, the first stop on his annual Tech Tour of university campuses in Michigan.

Researchers from the Department of Chemical Engineering participated in the TCS2014 Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products, featuring the latest results from the NSF-funded Sustainable Energy Pathways (SEP) project. The symposium was held Sept. 2-5 in Denver, Colo.

David Shonnard, professor and Robbins Chair in sustainable materials, presented a keynote lecture on sustainability of transportation biofuels. Professor Michael Mullins and PhD student Lilu Funkenbusch presented a poster on the computational modeling of a chemical reactor producing hydrocarbon biofuel from wood chip-derived bio-oil.

Michigan Tech researchers participated in the TCS2014 Symposium on Thermal and Catalytic Sciences for Biofuels and Biobased Products featuring the latest results from the NSF-funded Sustainable Energy Pathways project. Robbins Chair David Shonnard (ChE) presented a keynote lecture on sustainability of transportation biofuels. Professor Michael Mullins (ChE) and PhD student Lilu Funkenbusch presented a poster on the computational modeling of a chemical reactor producing hydrocarbon biofuel from wood chip-derived bio-oil.

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.

The 2nd Annual Research Forum for Graduate and Undergraduate Students for the Department of Chemical Engineering was held on Wednesday, January 22, 2014. View the complete report with links to video clips and photos.


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