Chemical Engineering seniors are required to complete a laboratory intensive course for their capstone design project. During one semester, teams of students are expected to identify, design and build a ‘system’ for primarily industry-sponsored projects that demonstrate principles learned in the Chemical Engineering curriculum. Projects include: minimizing manufacturing waste or wastewater, or waste reclamation from manufacturing and reaction processes; optimizing or troubleshooting manufacturing processes; generation, purification or testing of reagents/compounds; creating mechanisms for evaluating or controlling heat transfer, combustion or energy generation; and characterizing processes such as distillation, fluid mixing, or fermentation. Company mentors are continually impressed by the high level of professionalism of our CHE students, and the depth of research and experimentation expended in the relatively short time period.
Course Instructors: F. Doug Kelley, Course PI; Mark Juba, Adjunct; Melodie Lawton, Asst Prof; Rachel Monfredo, Lecturer; Clair Cunningham
CHE Design Projects
Kidney Model Polymer: Developing a stable model for surgical simulation
Development of polymers to simulate kidney tissues for surgical training of medical students at UR Medical Center.
Minimizing Nickel Contamination of Cleaning Tanks at Orafol.
Minimize nickel contamination of cleaning tanks in Orafol Precision Technology's electroforming process.
Ugandan Water Project India Mark II Tailpiece Design
Limit entry of abrasive sediment into India Mark II handpump for Ugandan Water Project.
Hemp Composite Research & Design
Optimize creation of composites combining under-utilized hemp fabrics with epoxy.
Investigating Materials for Simulating Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy Surgery
Identify Near Infrared transparent polymers to simulate human tissue for surgical training applications at UR Medical Center.
Photochemical Test Chamber
Creation of atmospherically-controlled chamber for UV degradation testing of novel OLED materials for Molecular Glasses, Inc.
Sauce Delivery Optimization
Characterize LiDestri Food and Drink portfolio of spaghetti sauces to optimize manufacturing process.
Identify inexpensive process for in-house purification of motion picture film dye for Kodak.
Acorn Throughput: Providing Automation and Input Feed Control for CHIP
Automation of feedstock delivery for creation of biochar, a product of biomass pyrolysis, thermal decomposition in the absence of oxygen.
Acorn Biochar: By-product Removal from Pyrolysis Gas
Enable self-sustaining biochar production by reclamation of process by-products.
Biochar Bricks for Building Materials
Create building materials for developing countries from waste plastic and biochar, and compare to concrete standard.
Ugandan Water Project – Save the Gaskets
Test and identify novel gasket polymers to extend operation of Ugandan Water Project-installed India Mark II handpumps serving millions of people fresh, clean water.
Inkjet Printability Charact. of Polymeric and Glassy Small-Molecule OLED Hosts
Analysis of organic light-emitting diode (OLED) chemical solutions' inkjet printability through range of solution concentrations.
Rapid & Precise Temperature Control for Polymer Chemical Vapor Deposition
Controlled, rapid-cooling chamber for initiated chemical vapor deposition of thin film polymers.