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Seniors in chemical, biological, and environmental engineering at Oregon State University can culminate their experience with a senior project. Tabulated below are this year's projects with links to the teams' most recent presentation along with projects from previous years. Projects are formulated in the fall, assigned in late January, and begin in mid-February. They culminate in the OSU Engineering Expo and final presentations in mid-June. This program is administered by the Linus Pauling Engineer.
CMP (Chemical-Mechanical Polishing) Slurry Recycling Studies
A local land fill (Coffin Butte) is considering adding electro-generation capacity and would like to use a fuel cell. The gas composition from the landfill contains materials that would poison the membranes. The mid-term presentation is here and the final here.
A research group wishes to utilize CMP and needs to install and characterize a system recently acquired. The mid-term presentation is here. The final is missing.
Optically transparent transistors are in development at OSU. These devices could utilize polymeric waveguides, if they can be created by gradient index of refraction polymers coated on the material. The mid-term presentation is missing, the final here.
The cleaning process is known to dramatically affect the deposition rate. This experiment is to learn some of the parameters that control deposition. The mid term presentation is here, the final here.
Auto bumpers, personal protection devices, and projectile deflectors currently use very expensive engineered materials. Some of these applications might be suitable for recycled polymers instead. The mid term presentation is missing, the final here.
Soy sauce requires a very long fermentation cycle there may be opportunity for process acceleration, but does the Sauce retain its characteristic taste and other qualities? The mid term presentation is here, the final here.
Can one manufacture a superhydrophobic surface in a polymer through the use of plasma etching? If so, it might be useful in biomaterials applications. The mid term presentation is here, the final here.