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    Four chemistry graduate students Dow SISCA finalists

Finalist competition, Wednesday, Dec. 6

Four Department of Chemistry graduate students—Fazel Zare Bidoky, Guilhem De Hoe, Samuel Stoneburner, and Annabelle Watts—are finalists in the 2017 Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) competition. Dow and the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment sponsor the $10,000 challenge award. SISCA recognizes and rewards student innovation and research on sustainable solutions to the world's most pressing social, economic and environmental problems. 

All of the University's Sisca finalists will present their research from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, in R380, Learning & Environmental Sciences, 1954 Buford Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108. There will be a poster session and reception in R350 from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., with the remarks, 90-second pitches, and award ceremony form 5:15 p.m. to 6 p.m. Click this link interested in attending the reception and awards ceremony.

Air Separation by Metal-Catecholates in Metal-Organic Frameworks
Samuel Stoneburner who is advised by Professor Laura Gagliardi
Enabling oxyfuel-enhanced CO2 capture by using computational screening to inform experiment and find materials that can extract pure O2 from air at non-cryogenic temperatures.

Sustainable Electronics for Electronic Skin Applications
Fazel Zare Bidoky who is advised by Professor Daniel Frisbie with Boxin Tang and Scott P. White from Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
This project aims to demonstrate electronic devices made by renewable materials via a sustainable and industrially-scalable solution printing approach with applications in wearable electronics.

Sustainable Polyester Alternatives to Commercial Plastics 
Annabelle Watts & Guilhem De Hoe who are advised by Professor Marc Hillmyer
This project focuses on developing high performance materials (e.g., foams, elastomers, thermoplastics) from a bio-based feedstock; the materials will be compostable, degradable, and recyclable.

Other finalists are:

Low-cost solar concentrating windows using silicon nanocrystals
Ryan Connell (Materials Science) & Samantha Hill (Mechanical Engineering)
Through novel materials and light-management techniques, we can harvest solar energy on the entirety of a building’s exterior without sacrificing its aesthetics or functionality.

Microporous Nano-Iron Filter for the Rapid Removal and Recovery of Phosphorus from Wate
Fatemeh Heidari & John Brockgreitens (Bioproducts and Biosystems Science, Engineering and Management)
A novel material for the removal, recovery and reuse of phosphorus, the main driver of eutrophication.

Mobile Air Quality Sensor Network: Measuring Pollution on the Run 
Andres Gonzalez (Environmental Engineering)
The “box” is a portable and an autonomous system that continuously measures and maps local air pollution using a mobile platform (e.g. a transit bus).

Pyrite FeS2: A Low-Cost Earth-Abundant Solar Solution for Sustainable Power 
Bryan Voigt & Jeff Walter (Chemical Engineering & Materials Science)
Breakthroughs in the development of iron sulfide, or Fool's Gold, as a low-cost, earth-abundant, non-toxic photovoltaic create new pathways to solar cells and sustainable energy.

Reclaiming wastewater from local food industries to produce energy and high-value urban crops
Ignasi Riera Vila (Plant Science) & Kuang Zhu (Environmental Engineering)
An integrated system is developed to combine anaerobic wastewater treatment with urban agriculture to produce high value crops with recovered energy, water, and nutrients.

Understanding wind turbine wakes using natural snowfalls: efficient, economic and environmentally benign super large scale study
Teja Dasari (Mechanical Engineering)
Project focuses on utilizing a novel flow visualization technique to study utility scale wind turbine wakes with a goal to improve wind turbine/farm efficiencies.