“REAKTER” powered by zinc manganese oxide battery developed by CUNY Energy Institute
“REAKTER,” the City College of New York student entry, placed second out of 31 vehicles from the United States, Mexico and Canada in the 15th Annual AIChE Chem-E-Car competition in San Francisco Sunday, November 3. Participating college teams design and build small cars that run on alternative fuels.
REAKTER runs on an environmentally friendly zinc manganese oxide battery developed by the CUNY Energy Institute based at City College. The rechargeable and disposable battery generates 13.6 volts.
The City College team consisted of Roman Yakobov, Evgeniya Rubin, Kamrul Hassan, Rodolfo Ramirez, Andre Smithson, Andres Quito, Jannatun Nayem, Salah Bourim, Adel Njeim, Marco A. Martinez and Ali Rad. All are members of the college’s student AIChE chapter.
Held in conjunction with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) annual meeting, the competition highlights the major role chemical engineers have played in the creation of existing fuels and the role they will continue to play in developing alternative fuels. The competition’s goal is to teach chemical engineering students to think creatively about alternative fuel technology.
“The Chem-E-Car competition provides a fantastic opportunity for chemical engineering students to work together as a team to think creatively and quickly – which will serve them well in a professional setting,” said AIChE President Phillip R. Westmoreland.
“We were working with limited resources and limited time,” said Ms. Rubin, the club president. “Before the competition, we made a game plan to make sure everyone knew what was supposed to be done. On the day, we all worked as a team to make sure everything went according to the plan.”
Mr. Yakobov, the team leader in San Francisco, concurred and said the group’s spirit and collective knowledge was the source of their success. He also thanked the team’s faculty advisor, Professor David Rumschitzki, the chemical engineering department, the CUNY Energy Institute and former Grove School of Engineering Dean Joseph Barba for their support.
“Oxidants Happen,” designed by the University of Tulsa, took first place in the competition. The University of Houston finished third.
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AIChE is a professional society of nearly 45,000 chemical engineers in 100 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society.
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