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College of Engineering Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Research Grant


College of Engineering Awarded U.S. Department of Defense Research Grant


Evgeny Shafirovich, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering has been awarded a $620,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to conduct research on gas generators. The project, "Efficient and Safe Chemical Gas Generators with Nanocomposite Reactive Materials", will be conducted over three years.

The research aims to develop novel compositions for generation of oxygen, hydrogen, and iodine-containing gas species. Oxygen generators can produce more oxygen, show higher operational stability and lower fire hazards. These generators may then be used in aircraft and submarines. Hydrogen generators can serve as effective hydrogen storage systems for fuel cells and other applications. Iodine generators can rapidly produce biocidal gas that can be used to defeat bacteriological weapons.

The work uses nanocomposite powders produced by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). As a result of the project, UTEP Engineering and NJIT are likely to identify other opportunities to conduct cutting-edge research in energetic materials.

"A key objective of this project is to integrate and promote excellence in research and education at UTEP. Studies focused on energetic and gas-generating materials will undoubtedly expand UTEP's educational and research enterprise" said Evgeny Shafirovich, Principal Investigator for the research project.

Graduate mechanical engineering students have the opportunity to work on the project with Dr. Shafirovich. For more information on how to apply or request more information about the program email:

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