Dr. Tsao to be honored by the Society for Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology
November 1, 2013
Dr. Tsao, a retired professor of Chemical Engineering, founder of the Laboratory of Renewable Resources Engineering, and with a courtesy appointment in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, will be honored on November 12 during the 2nd International Forum on Commercializing Global Green: Markets from the Value Chain Perspective. The Society for Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology is an industry group affiliated with the Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates.
The ceremony will take place at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA.
July 21, 2016
The recent recall of hoverboards because of exploding lithium-ion batteries highlights the danger of overheating batteries. Amy Marconnet, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, can speak about the effects of excessive heating in batteries. Marconnet (pronounced mar-co-nay) founded the Marconnet Thermal and Energy Conversion Lab, where researchers are dissecting the batteries and testing materials making up electrodes and a critical component called a separator. (A video is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCTMA8sxZO0) Battery failures have been reported in products ranging from commercial airliners and laptops to hoverboards and cellphones. Chemical reactions in the batteries generate heat while discharging and charging. The separator is a layer of material between the positive and negative electrodes. When it fails due to high heat, the battery short-circuits and could explode.Read Full Story