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.
July 1, 2020

Dr. James Caruthers receives Trask Innovation funding

Dr. James Caruthers, the Gerald and Sarah Skidmore Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University, received Trask Innovation funding for his research in "Composite board binder systems from rice lignin" (track: physical sciences). Dr. Caruthers was one of four Engineering faculty to receive funding during this round of awards.
June 29, 2020

Purdue AIChE Student Chapter shares statement

The Purdue AIChE Student Chapter has issued a statement regarding recent events highlighting continuing systemic racism, and provided numerous online resources for those who are interested in educating themselves further on racial issues in the United States today.
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