Robert J. Hughes , American Chemical Society
The following eleven Scholars who benefitted from the PRF grant during academic year 2010-2011 either successfully completed a BS program or are currently in good standing and renewed in the ACS Scholars Program:
Enrique Cintron, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Graduated May 2011: Undergraduate research project to characterize the oxidative desulfurization of JP-8 jet fuel.
Trishelle Copeland-Johnson, University of South Florida, Chemical Engineering, Senior: Research in Developing the Path Towards Realizing the Full Potential of II-VI Based Photovoltaic Materials.
Jose Delgado, University of Texas at Austin, Chemical Engineering, Senior: Participated in an internship with ExxonMobil Research and Engineering in Fairfax, VA in the Process Design Section; worked on two tools for the company - calculating time required for heating and cooling reactors; calculating restriction orifices based on the systems.
Robert Golsby, University of Cincinnati, Chemical Engineering, Junior: Conducting research on alternative energy in the Turbo-machinery Lab; project deals with reverse engineering G.E. 1.5KW wind turbines and making them more efficient.
Troy Gzik, Oregon State University, Chemical Engineering, Senior: Research on developing new cathode materials for microbial fuel cells; work included design, construction, testing, and maintenance of the microbial fuel cells.
Tyler Hammock, Colorado School of Mines, Chemical Engineering, Senior: Research intern at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado - research in the hydrogen program with hopes to determine a suitable hydrogen production system using pyrolysis oils as the feedstock.
Anthony Lucio, Saginaw Valley State University, Chemistry, Senior: undergraduate research project aimed at producing an alternative fuel from waste crude glycerin; successfully produced an emulsified fuel blend of No. 2 fuel oil in crude glycerin that burned in a waste oil furnace.
Jeremy Morales-Madrigal, University of California San Diego, Chemical Engineering, Junior: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, Center on Polymer Interfaces and Macromolecular Assemblies (CPIMA), Stanford University; tested a mathematical prediction on metal catalysts for the production of pure hydrogen gas from an acidic solution; part of a greater focus to convert waste, mainly CO2, into fuels such as CH4, H2, and O2.
Joshua Ramos, University of California San Diego, Chemical Engineering, Senior: Currently participating in a research project in biodiesel with the association BAAN (Biofuels Action and Awareness Network) at UCSD - research to produce biodiesel from various waste sources (e.g. coffee grounds, kelp oil, etc.) - how to deal with waste products from the biodiesel production process, and how to turn them into additional biodiesel.
Evan Suazo, Colorado School of Mines, Chemical Engineering, Graduated May 2011: Researched complex fluid rheology at the Colorado School of Mines; and interned with Hazen Research, Inc. researching anaerobic bacteria for fuel sources.