Fueling the Future: Going Green

Making Fuel Greener

While alternative energy may not be a new topic, there are plenty of new areas to explore. Just ask Erick Vasquez, assistant professor of chemical and materials engineering.

Currently, there is only one study in existence on ethanol extraction using nanoparticles. To support discovery in this area, Vasquez and a University of Mississippi researcher received a three-year, $300,000 National Science Foundation award to find ways that nanoparticles and magnets can separate ethanol from water in biofuels.

If successful, this new process will extract ethanol more quickly, at a lower cost and in a more environmentally friendly manner than processing fossil fuels, according to Vasquez. The process could be used with any biofuel, including fermented corn or algae that generates ethanol. 

At UD, we’re committed to developing solutions that make the world a better place — for everyone.

As dean of the School of Engineering, I am privileged to watch our students growing into engineers dedicated to a better world for us all. At the University of Dayton, we're committed to supporting student success by providing opportunities that connect learning, research and scholarship with leadership and service — the Catholic, Marianist tradition.

With our shared knowledge, we can continue to transform engineering education to prepare our students for even greater success.

Eddy Rojas
Dean of the School of Engineering


Chemical and Materials Engineering and Bioengineering, Dr. Charles Browning, Department Chair

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