Basic Biofuels

Goals

Design and apply biofuel technologies for domestic use.

Issues Involved or Addressed

In general: design bioprocessing and biorefining processes to generate biofuels from biomass resources that are locally available. Current project: finilaze the commissioning the pilot pyrolysis unit housed in the Chemical Engineering department and produce sufficient quantities of pyrolysis oil.

Methods and Technologies

  • Catalytic fast pyrolysis
  • Catalyst development
  • Aspen Tech software
  • Analytical analyses
  • Python modelling
  • LABView
  • Organic chemistry
  • Combustion theory
  • Internal combustion
  • CNC manufacturing

Academic Majors of Interest

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Chemistry

Preferred Interests and Preparation

Steel work
programming
process control and optimization
process synthesis and plant design
instrument mechanics
welding
machining
modelling and simulation

Team Advisors

Ryan D. Merckel