Capstone Design

The undergraduate programs in the Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering culminate in a significant design experience delivered through a Capstone Design course.

Students carry out the design and economic assessment of a major, societally relevant process in chemical and/or biological engineering. Students work in teams under the supervision of a faculty advisor and, when possible, are mentored by a practicing professional engineer from industry to ensure relevance and quality.

The Capstone Design project is a unique and tremendously beneficial experience for students and we are very appreciative of the industry professionals who dedicate time to the review of the Capstone projects and who provide valuable feedback to students. We also thank industry sponsors for assisting students in the development and successful completion of their projects.

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If you, or your company would like to be involved in capstone projects next year, please feel free to reach out to Dr. Jonathan Verrett.

2023W Capstone Design Projects

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PETase production using E. Coli
Group B1
Alpha-amylase production using food waste and Bacillus
Group B2
Algae-Based Electronic Waste Recycling, Wastewater Treatment, and CO2 Utilization for Sustainable Recovery of Gold, Silver and Copper
Group B3
Recombinant Cu/Zn SOD3 Biosynthesis and Downstream Processing
Group B4
Production of Hepatitis B Virus-Like-Particle Vaccines Using Pichia Pastoris
Group B5
Treatment of Mine Impacted Water using Sulfur Reducing Bacteria
Group B6
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Production of Torrefied Pellets from Biomass Residue
Group P1
Direct Lithium Extraction
Group P2
Formic Acid Refining of Lignocellulosic Biomass
Group P3
Green Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles
Group P4
Black Mass Lithium Recovery using Oxalic acid leachant
Group P5
Green Hydrogen and Methanol Production using E-TAC
Group P6
Biogas Production from Thermal Hydrolysis of Specified Risk Material
Group P7
Methanol Production From Dry Reforming of Methane
Group P8
The Production of Activated Carbon from Coconut Shells
Group P9
Carbon Capture & Storage/Utilization from Point Source Emitters
Group P10
Depolymerization of waste PET plastic via Acid Hydrolysis
Group P11
Blue Hydrogen – hydrogen production with carbon capture
Group P12
MG-Silicon Purification to Polysilicon
Group P13

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