Chemistry Division

Environmental Science and Engineering

Process improvement and pollution prevention studies. Biofuel production from non-standard feedstocks or atypical water sources for algal cultivation, novel wastewater treatment methodologies/systems and operations support. Hydronic systems chemistry and engineering SME support for improved systems operation.

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Using Ultrasonics to Harvest Algae for Efficient Biofuels Production

  • The Ultrasonic Algal Biofuel Harvester modulates the frequency of sound waves to separate oils, proteins, andwater from algae.
  • The concentrated algae are exposed to different frequencies to break open the cells, release the lipids, and separate the oils, proteins, and water from one another.
AlgaeThe Ultrasonic Algal Biofuel Harvester modulates the frequency of sound waves to separate oils, proteins, and water from algae.

High Gradient Magnetic Separations (HGMS)

HGMS is developed for weapons proliferation detection, metals commutation, and environmental applications involving heavy metal contaminated wastewaters. Shown is a Halbach array with projected magnetic field lines for NdFeB permanent-magnet-based HGMS.

Halbach array with projected magnetic field lines for NdFeB permanent-magnet-based HGMS.

International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Project

CDE support the international ITER project for producing fusion energy with a unique combination of science and engineering for the tritium fuel cycle.

ITER Project


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May 2014

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