July 28, 2020

LyoHUB adds new online freeze-drying course to assist in COVID-19 research

LyoHUB, a university-industry center that is part of the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, is offering a new online course and other resources created to help researchers who would benefit from LyoHUB's facilities and knowledge, including research efforts related to COVID-19. The free course supports the goal of LyoHUB to improve the efficiency, science, and technology of freeze-drying in pharmaceuticals and other areas.
July 26, 2020

Purdue, Cranfield University offer dual master's in expeditionary warfare

Purdue University and United Kingdom-based Cranfield University are offering a dual master's degree in defense engineering and technology with a specialization in expeditionary warfare, or the deployment of a country's military forces to fight abroad. The program was fully approved in February by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Davidson School of Chemical Engineering Professor Steve Beaudoin is academic director of the dual Master of Science program and director of the Purdue Energetics Research Center.
July 22, 2020

Salt of the earth (and sea) for renewable energy storage

Dr. Vilas Pol, Associate Professor in the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering, is leading research in the Purdue ViPER (Vilas Pol Energy Research) lab that focuses on using sodium-ion batteries as an environmentally friendly energy source, taking advantage of sodium's low cost and natural abundance. The use of sodium-ion batteries as an electrochemical storage device stands out for its cost advantage over lithium due to the widespread geographical distribution of sodium in the Earth’s crust and seawater.
July 19, 2020

New explosive materials to bring nontoxic ammunition

Every time a gun fires, lead leaches into the air. A scientific advancement could provide a comparable replacement for lead-based explosive materials found in ammunition, protecting soldiers and the environment from potential toxic effects. Researchers at Purdue Energetics Research Center (PERC), directed by Davidson School of Chemical Engineering Professor Steve Beaudoin, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory, developed two new lead-free materials that function as primary explosives, which are used to ignite powder inside a gun cartridge.
July 18, 2020

PhD student Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty wins 2020 AIChE Separations Division award

Davidson School of Chemical Engineering graduate student Radhakrishna Tumbalam Gooty is the recipient of the 2020 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separation Division Graduate Student Research Award in the Distillation and Absorption Division. Tumbalam Gooty will receive a plaque and cash prize during the planned Separations Division Awards Banquet on Monday, November 16 at the 2020 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco, or via a remote presentation if necessary due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
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