Grain Processing Seminar in Chemical Engineering

November 9: Dr. Megan C. Frost- Grain Processing Seminar Series in Chemical Engineering

Friday-November 9, 2012 at 10:00am
Fisher Hall, Room 139
Dr. Megan C. Frost, Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Engineering at Michigan Technological University


Topic: Developing Nitric Oxide Releasing Polymers and Test Platform to Understand  Cellular Response to Nitric Oxide

Polymeric materials used to coat or construct biomedical devices universally inspire a foreign body response when in contact with a biological system (e.g., thrombus formation on the polymer surface when in contact with blood, inflammatory response in subcutaneous tissue, etc.). Nitric oxide (NO) is a highly reactive free radical gas that has been shown to have a number positive of physiological functions at appropriate levels, including serving as a potent inhibitor of platelet adhesion and activation and mediating the inflammatory response. An NO-releasing silicone rubber coating was developed that contains a photosensitive S-nitrosothiol NO-donors that utilizes light as an external on/off trigger to initiate NO release. This material   shows dynamically controllable NO release based on the duration and intensity of light irradiating the material and offers  precise control of the level and duration of NO delivered at the tissue/polymer interface. We have also developed a test platform that allows quantitative levels of NO to be delivered to cells in vitro to further understanding of cellular response to NO.


Chem-E Car Going to AIChE Annual Challenge

A team of six chemical engineering students will represent Michigan Tech in the 2012 National Chem-E Car Competition in Pittsburgh, Penn., on Oct. 28. They are one of 32 student teams competing in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual challenge.

Chem-E cars are small vehicles, about the size of a shoebox, powered by chemical reactions.

Co-leaders of Tech’s 2012 team are David Hutchison and Christian Dale, both second-year chemical engineering students. Other team members are Justin Levande and Benjamin Veenstra, both second-year chemical engineering students; Ross Koepke, a third-year chemical engineering student; and Ben Markel, a senior in chemical engineering. Interim faculty advisor is Tony Rogers (CEE).

The team took first place in the North Central Region Chem-E car regional competition last April to earn their place in the lineup at next weekend’s national event. The Tech team’s car also won an award for creativity in the regional competition at the University of Akron.

AIChE meeting in Pittsburgh

You are cordially invited to stop by the Michigan Tech Hospitality Suite at the AIChE meeting in Pittsburgh. We will be located in the David Lawrence Convention Center, Room 318, from 7 to 10 pm on Monday, October 29th. It would be great to visit with you personally and show you how Michigan Tech is helping create the future in chemical engineering. This year, we will feature the 23 books written by our faculty, and there will be a short presentation by Daniel Crowl, “Blowing up a House Safely.”
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Sustainable Forest-Biofuel Pathways Research

Professor David Shonnard (ChE/SFI) and CoPIs Associate Professor Andrew Burton and Assistant Professor Audrey Mayer (both SFRES) and Professor Ezra Bar-Ziv and Professor Jeffrey Naber (both ME-EM) have received $1.8 million from the National Science Foundation for a four-year project: “SEP: Sustainable Forest-Biofuel Pathways to Hydrocarbon Transportation Fuels; Biomass Production, Torrefaction, Pyrolysis, Catalytic Upgrading, and Combustion.”

Michigan Tech among the top 157 universities for licensing income

In a story about how universities commercialize technologies developed by their faculty, the Chronicle of Higher Education listed Michigan Tech among the top 157 universities for licensing income, licenses issued, research expenditures, start-up companies formed and patents applied for and issued. The report was based on statistics compiled by the Association of University Technology Managers. See Technologies.

2012 ASISC conference a remarkable success

The 2012 ASISC conference held in Houghton was a remarkable success this year with people travelling from all over the world to share their
research in mineral processing. Along with presenters from industry,
Michigan Tech graduate and undergraduate students presented their latest research centered around sustainable developments for mineral processing. It provided a great networking opportunity for Michigan Tech students to meet representatives from leaders in the mining and steel manufacturing industry as well as other researchers from many other institutions.

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