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This multidisciplinary effort is aimed at conducting research related to cellulosic materials derived from a variety of resources. It is of significant interest to the Central State University (CSU) community as a focus area for land grant research currently funded by agencies such as NSF and the USDA. Near-term processing of cellulosic materials requires them to be scalable in material properties for scaled up manufacturing purposes. The use of cellulosic materials is gaining favor in production applications because the synthesis and extraction of cellulose can be a green process from start to finish and is renewable in nature. The implementation and integration of natural products into manufacturing engineering education at CSU incorporates a local supply chain found in the Tawawa Woods that is sustainable and minimizes waste recycle. Thus, undergraduate students enrolled in the College of Science and Engineering search out suitable starting cellulosic materials for use in manufacturing applications. They investigate different natural and synthetic cellulosic materials and then initiate various surface, chemical, electrical and mechanical property measurements with these materials. They identify readily available starting reagent materials (natural and synthetic) that are appropriate for extraction of cellulose. Following identification of test reagents, a statistical experimental design matrix is compiled. The matrix used guides the synthesis and extraction experiments. It is possible that the resultant cellulosic fibers may accept the natural and synthetic colorants. The purpose of color enhancement is to determine feasibility and longevity of its use with different celluloses as starting electrode materials. Promising results may lead to production of novel biomaterials, polymeric materials, and composite materials as well as compliant sensing materials capable of being modified for different applications. Assessment results point to greater engagement of minority learners. These students tended to spend more than eight hours per week in the laboratories, often well into the evening, working on their manufactured samples produced from natural resources.
Petry, L., & Morris, A., & Lowell, C., & Fasoro, A., & Katampe, I., & Arment, A. R. (2017, June), Board # 145 : MAKER: Use of Natural Products in Manufacturing Engineering Education at a Minority-based Land-grant Institution Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27762
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