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Graduate student Deven Baser wins national travel award

Deven BaserDeven BaserGraduate student Deven Baser (Fan Group) will attend the 2019 AIChE Annual Meeting in Orlando this November thanks to winning an AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Travel Award. The AIChE Annual Meeting is the premier educational forum for chemical engineers interested in innovation and professional growth. Academic and industry experts cover a wide range of topics relevant to cutting-edge research, new technologies, and emerging growth areas in chemical engineering.

The award includes the opportunity to present a paper, a stipend for travel costs, and a ticket to the Division dinner, where Baser and the additional 19 award recipients will be formally recognized for their achievements.

Baser's paper, "Direct Decomposition of NO Using Specialized Metal Oxides in a Novel Chemical Looping Reactor System," discusses the Fan Group's invention of a one-of-a-kind chemical looping system for efficient decomposition of nitric oxide (NO), a potent pollutant, from any exhaust gas stream.

This could be an important development, particularly for NO emission abatement from power plants. Traditionally, efforts to meet nitric oxide emission standards have utilized ammonia as a reducing agent. The advantage of the Fan Group's chemical looping system for NO decomposition is that it is not only a cheaper system, but it eliminates the use of ammonia, thereby saving the cost of that raw material while simultaneously eliminating ammonia emissions as well. Instead of ammonia, the group's chemical looping system uses a recyclable metal oxide that breaks NO into N2 and O2.

The Orlando AIChE Annual Meeting will be held November 10-15th, 2019.

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