INNOVATION DAY 2021 | chemical engineering

Capstone instructor

Chuck Coronella
Chuck Coronella

The 2021 Senior Capstone course in chemical engineering was taught by Chuck Coronella. To learn more about the chemcial engineering projects, please email Chuck Coronella.

About the department

Our undergraduate programs offer you the opportunity to work closely with our research-active faculty. Small class sizes and undergraduate research opportunities help you get to know your professors and provide opportunities to get hands-on research experience. We offer Nevada's only undergraduate degree program in chemical engineering and materials science and engineering. Visit the Department of Chemical & Materials Science Engineering

Explore the projects

  • CHE-1 (Lacquer Washing System)

    Team: Ravi O'Brien, Orlando Carrillo-Ceja, Trevor Stephenson, Yingshi Feng

    External Advisor: Joshua Browne at ILNP

    We are designing a washing system to wash containers with dried lacquer. We selected a special solvent to strip dried lacquer from containers. The containers are placed in a washing system. The dirty solvent is filtered after the wash process so it can be reused.

    CHE-01 Lighting Talk

  • CHE-02 (Precision gas-sensor test rig)

    Team:  Albert Lopez-Martinez, David Caballero-Rodriguez, Ryan Kompare, Stuart McElhany

    External Advisors: Ben Rogers and Theresa Belleza, both from NevadaNano

     We are developing a device to effectively test flammable gas sensors in a lab setting. The device will use thermodynamic properties of flammable liquids to control the amount of vapor that is released based on the temperature. The temperature will be controlled using a thermoelectric cooling device.

    CHE-02 Lighting Talk

  • CHE-03 (CBD)

    Team: Jackson Alicata, Torrance Burke, Johnathon Curatolo, Omar Martinez

    Teaming up with a local start up company in Reno to design a CBD extraction process using industrial hemp.

    CHE-03 Lighting Talk

  • CHE-04 (Dynamic Windows)

    Team: Matt Richard, Haylee Sesock, H. Darlene Merrill, Kurt Jackson

    External Advisor: Chris Barile, Chemistry department, University of Nevada, Reno

    The goal of this project is to create a functioning prototype of a 25 cm x 25 cm hybrid dynamic window. This technology allows a window to transition smoothly from clear to blacked out reversibly on demand. The prototype is inspired by the scaling up of previously developed 5 cm x 5 cm hybrid dynamic windows in series and will be a considerable step forward in the development of this technology.

    CHE-04 Lighting Talk

  • CHE-05 (Lithium Extraction via Gypsum Roast for Nevada Claystone)

    Team: William Liessmann, Chase Sanches, Devron Gonzalez

    External Advisors: Jared Olsen and Jack McPartland — McClelland Laboratories

    This project covers the design of a process utilizing a gypsum roasting method to release water-soluble lithium sulfate from lithium-rich Nevada claystone ore. It covers the design, feasibility, short-term and long-term costs, hazards, and environmental concerns associated with the design.

    CHE-05 Lighting Talk

  • CHE-06 (Total Dissolved Solids Removal for the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility)

    Team: Jack Griffin, Dylan Alterwitz, Marcus Foerschler, Najwa Jabir

    External Advisor: Casey Mentzer, TMWRF

     In an effort to assist the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) with their expected increase in sewage intake from 30 to 44 million gallons per day, our team is tasked with designing a process that will reduce the amount of dissolved solids that exit the facility and subsequently enter the Truckee River. There are strict regulations on the total amount of dissolved solids that the TMWRF is allowed to discharge to the river. At the expected 44 million gallons of sewage per day, the amount of dissolved solids would exceed the regulatory limit unless additional measures are taken. Our team designed a process using reverse osmosis filtration to separate the solids from the clean water. After filtration, evaporation and crystallization are used to further separate the water from the solids. This three-part process will allow TMWRF to expand its capacity as planned while meeting all relevant regulations.

    CHE-06 Lighting Talk

  • CHE-07 (Design and Development of Microprobes for Brain Cancer Treatment)

    Team: Chandler De Leon, Gerra Licup, Braden Norris, Darcy Emm

    External Advisor: Dr. Rashed Khan — University of Nevada, Reno

    The goal of the project is to develop and design a hollow microprobe. This microprobe will be able to deliver and collect fluid from the area where the probe is inserted. The target application is for the delivery of drug treatments to tumors in brain cancer patients.

    CHE-07 Lighting Talk

  • CHE-08 (Bently Wastewater Treatment)

    Team: James Gordon, Sammuel Dannewitz, Jake Wahl, Ben Harris

    External Advisor(s): Carlo Luri and John Jeffery from Bently Heritage Estate Distillery

    The main goal of this project is to develop an environmentally friendly method to treat alkaline wastewater resulting from cleaning equipment at the distillery. We propose that carbon dioxide gas produced on site from the boilers can be used to neutralize the alkaline wastewater in a cost-effective environmentally acceptable manner. Carbon dioxide when bubbled through water turns acidic and can therefore lower the pH of the alkaline wastewater to acceptable levels.

    CHE-08 Lighting Talk