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Women in Engineering Chemical & Materials Engineering Workshop
June 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm EDT
Chemical and materials engineers frequently work together to design advanced materials that address the major food, energy, water, and environmental challenges of our times. Chemical engineers combine their knowledge of chemistry and molecular interactions with the discipline of engineering to solve problems at both the small scale (designing nanodevices) and large scale (bringing chemistry out of the lab to the full scale production of products we use every day). Materials engineers measure the properties of materials, figure out why a material has certain properties, and design new materials with improved properties. Membrane technology is a critical area in which chemical and materials engineers work together to create advanced materials that selectively allow molecules to pass through based on size or interactions. Membrane devices are employed in the production of pharmaceuticals and chemicals, waste treatment, and biomedical devices.
In this workshop, you will create thin film membranes, examine the nano-level structure of your membrane as a function of synthesis conditions, and explore the operation of desalination membrane units. You will participate in the design of membranes that achieve safe drinking water from contaminated water, a process that is occurs around the globe. Materials are key roadblocks to improved performance in a number of important energy technologies including energy storage in batteries and energy conversion through solar cells, fuel cells, and thermoelectric devices. You will examine how unique properties of materials can be exploited in solar panels, fuel cells, and batteries with small scale devices. You will also assemble your own thermoelectric generators that convert heat into electricity.