2007-08 Graduate Student Awards
Excellence for Undergraduate Laboratory Assistant
The Undergraduate Award for Teaching Excellence in a laboratory course in Chemical Engineering as voted by the senior students was awarded to Intan Hamdan.
2007 AIChE Awards
Congratulations to our 2007 AIChE Undergraduate Poster Competition winners!
Craig Bouis was awarded 3rd place in the Materials Engineering & Sciences 1 Division at the Salt Lake City AIChE Annual Meeting for his poster entitled "Synthesis of Nanoporous Thin Films without Substrate Oxidation - One Step Closer to Higher Efficiency Solar Cells" for work that he completed during summer 2007 with the Hillhouse Research Group. The Group was the first to synthesize a pure double gyroid nanostructured film at room temperature. The unique film holds promise for increased electrical generation due to multiple exciton generation (MEG). Bouis' research focused on developing a key step in the fabrication of a high efficiency solar cell using the double gyroid film. This key step involved creating the nanoporous film from the nanostructured film without substrate oxidation.
Jeff Richards received 1st place in the Materials Engineering and Sciences 3 Division at the Salt Lake City AIChE Annual Meeting with his poster entitled "CO2 Selective Gas Separation Membranes Based on Crosslinked Poly(ethylene oxide) Copolymer Networks." This work was part of a summer 2007 REU program at the University of Kentucky under the guidance of Dr. Douglass S. Kalika. Light gas separation is an important industrial concern in applications such as IGCC. Of particular interest is the separation of carbon dioxide from hydrogen in the gas phase shift reaction. By utilizing polyethylene oxide's special affinity for carbon dioxide, these novel membranes are capable of producing high purity hydrogen at feed pressure. The product hydrogen can then be used in applications such as fuel cells.
Congratulations to our 2007 AIChE Area 2E Adsorption & Ion Exchange Best Poster Award winner!
Graduate student, Patrick A. Oglesby, received the Area 2E Adsorption & Ion Exchange Best Poster Award at the Salt Lake City AIChE Annual Meeting for his poster entitled "Modeling Electrokinetic Decontamination of Concrete by Petrov-Galerkin Finite Element Method." He co-authored the poster with Professor Michael T. Harris. Effective removal of ionic contamination from porous media is important for cleaning up chemical spills in both soil and laboratory concrete floors. By using electrokinetic remediation, effective and efficient clean-up is possible with minimal disturbance to the media being cleaned. New modeling techniques that employ finite element analysis quickly define the proper operating conditions. These methods will acclerate the adoption of electrokinetic remediation as a viable clean-up alternative.