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AIMS: Automatic Inline Monitoring System for Biopharmaceuticals

Alex Burgers, Zack Hartfield, Khoa-Andrew Nguyen, Everest Shapiro

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Project link: https://kanguyen719.wixsite.com/ifpossible

The biopharmaceutical industry was valued at over $200 billion in 2018, and is projected to reach almost $400 billion by 2024. Within this increasingly popular market, drug development remains one of the most important sectors. All biopharmaceuticals are required by law to meet certain properties to ensure safety and efficacy, and these properties must be monitored at all times. However, most current monitoring technologies actually tend to disturb the drugs, causing them to clump up and lose value. When this happens, production must be put on hold to replace expensive components, costing companies tens of thousands of dollars and valuable time. Our project aims to improve on the design and functionality of current monitoring technologies by removing the need for batch processing, ensuring zero disturbance to the process stream, and reducing the time and cost of cleaning by making contact materials cheap and disposable.
Sponsor: PolyRMC
Mentors: Dr. Matthew Barrios, Curt Jarand, Dr. Wayne Reed

DIY Potentiostat for Industrial Applications

Kaleb Branch, Samuel Murphy, Edward Seymour, Katy Wong

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Project link: https://theelectricelks.wixsite.com/potentiostat

Our project is a DIY potentiostat for industrial applications. A potentiostat is a device that controls and measures the voltage across two terminals. This is an essential electrical device for electrochemistry but often this device can be very expensive (>$10,000 for one channel potentiostat with limited software capabilities), which is cost prohibitive for smaller labs and start-ups that do not have access to industry-sized funds. We created a DIY potentiostat below $500, specifically for high current low voltage applications as you can find for testing batteries and catalysts. The device significantly reduces cost while still providing the same quality of testing, data analysis, and safety as current models.
Sponsor: ReactWell
Mentor: Dr. Timothy Schuler


Chase Doumite, Jonny Elias, Ryan Liberman

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Project link: https://jonneelias11.wixsite.com/teamflugtag

Red Bull Flugtag (German for ‘day of flight’) is a competitive event in which teams of participants attempt to build and fly human-powered, homemade flying machines. Inspired by this event, we aim to design and construct a large glider capable of excelling at each aspect of the event's judging parameters: creativity, showmanship, and flight distance. Other areas of focus include pilot safety, minimizing weight while maximizing structural integrity, low part complexity, and a simplistic/straightforward fabrication process. The inspiration behind our design for this project came from the Nickelodeon TV show Avatar The Last Airbender wherein the show’s main character uses a glider as a means of getting around. Since the original glider comes from an animated medium, there was lots of room to add design elements that capitalized on real aeronautic engineering principles while maintaining the fun, creative design that the show provided.
Sponsor: Schlumberger
Mentor: Andrew Dalesandro

Lunar PhASE

Meghan Bush, Claire Davis, Dillon Jobes, Zhaole Liu, Bailey Ruesch

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Project link: www.lunarphasetulane.com

Lunar PhASE, or Lunar Photovoltaic Arrays for Sustainable Exploration, aims to implement terrestrial solar technology on the lunar surface in order to provide power for future NASA missions. This product was designed under the mentorship of Jeremiah McNatt, a NASA Glenn Research Center research engineer working in the Photovoltaics and Electrochemical Systems Branch. The design consists of six solar arrays rolled up into a compact orientation for launch; our product would then be deployed by either an astronaut or a robotic rover and extended to its full length. The long term goals of our prototype are to provide a sustainable source of power on the lunar surface while avoiding the cost and mass restrictions of liquid fuel. This versatile energy source can be used to theoretically power rovers, life support, habitats, or other missions in NASA’s future exploration of the Moon as part of the Artemis program.
Sponsors: Newcomb-Tulane College, Schlumberger
Mentors: Jeremiah McNatt (NASA Glenn Research Center); Dr. Timothy Schuler (Tulane University)