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Engineering undergraduate research internship


Position:Research aide position in Biomass Thermochemical Conversion and Upgrading Laboratory, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science
Dr. Nourredine (Nour) Abdoulmoumine

Responsibilities:Duties and responsibilities
The research aide will conduct chemical and physical experiments to assist in catalytic gas phase reactions of biomass and biomass-derived intermediate products. Specifically, the research aide is expected to:
Design or assemble experimental apparatus for solid or gas phase conversion experiments
Prepare biomass samples for thermochemical conversion using various pretreatment and preprocessing techniques
Assist or head small-scale heterogeneous catalyst synthesis activities
Set up and conduct thermochemical catalytic experiments
Analyze reaction products by a variety of analytical techniques including gas chromatography, physical and chemical separation techniques
Prepare and ship samples for external analysis
Compile, analyze and interpret experimental results
Perform miscellaneous duties around the lab as needed
Observe standard laboratory safety practices

Potential benefit to the student
In addition of the hands-on laboratory experience, this position will provide students with a variety of experiences worth mentioning on a resume including:
Catalyst synthesis and evaluation and reaction kinetic engineering
Valuable experience in chromatographic techniques and instrument use
Valuable experience in a laboratory setting (enhancing skills in the assembly, use and maintenance of fixed-bed catalytic reaction vessels)
Reinforcement of concepts learned in your courses (enhancing such skills as recording, evaluating and interpreting data)
General laboratory safety training.

Requirements:Description A part-time undergraduate research aide position is available immediately in the Biomass Thermochemical Conversion and Upgrading Lab in Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science. The position is expected to be extended through the summer on a full-time basis based on satisfactory performance. Expected background and skills General chemistry and bioprocess engineering background Basic knowledge of chemical reactions and reaction kinetics Experience in analytical chemistry desired but not required Ability to perform duties independently and safely Ability to communicate effectively to management Good written and verbal communication skills Complementary training will be provided on safe operation of analytical equipment and reactors by Dr. Abdoulmoumine.

To Apply:Dr. Nour Abdoulmoumine (nabdoulm@utk.edu)


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