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Penn State, Colorado School of Mines will support US need for critical minerals

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

By Patricia Craig

Penn State has entered a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Colorado School of Mines to establish a collaboration designed to be responsive in supporting the United States’ need for critical minerals.

New sulfur dioxide conversion method may transform current industrial techniques

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Jennifer Matthews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A single-step, plasma-enhanced catalytic process to convert sulfur dioxide to pure sulfur from tail gas streams may provide a promising, more environmentally-friendly alternative to current multistage thermal, catalytic and absorptive processes, according to scientists at Penn State.

2020 Millennium Café Pitch Competition winners announced

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The 2020 Millennium Café Pitch Competition was held virtually on Tuesday, June 2, 2020. Sponsored by PPG Industries, the Millennium Café Pitch Competition is an opportunity for graduate students to pitch research in two minutes or less using no more than four supporting slides.?

Rezaee named outstanding young engineer

Thursday, September 10, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Mohammad Rezaee, assistant professor of mining engineering in the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering, has been awarded the Outstanding Young Engineer Award from the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration’s (SME) Mineral and Metallurgical Processing Division.

The Outstanding Young Engineer award was created in 1984 and recognizes a young individual, age 36 or younger, with a significant contribution within the mineral processing and extractive metallurgy discipline.

New acid mine drainage treatment turns waste into valuable critical minerals

Friday, August 7, 2020

By Matthews Carroll

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A new way to treat acid mine drainage (AMD) could help transform the environmental pollution problem into an important domestic source of the critical rare earth elements needed to produce technology ranging from smart phones to fighter jets, according to Penn State scientists.

Interdisciplinary team wins Department of Energy Optimization Challenge

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

By Miranda Buckheit

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A team of Penn State researchers is part of the first round of winners for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. Presented by the DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA?E), the selective competition presents challenges for the development of optimization algorithms for a crucial set of operational problems faced by the United States’ power grid.

Song to step down as director of the EMS Energy Institute

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

By Jennifer Matthews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Chunshan Song has announced that he will step down as director of the Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) Energy Institute (EI) and will be leaving Penn State, effective June 30.

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions using microwave plasma technology

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

By Jennifer Matthews

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A multi-disciplinary collaborative relationship, developed between Penn State EMS Energy Institute researchers and a Pittsburgh-based start-up company, may hold the answer to reducing global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while also paving the way to disrupt the chemical and material industries.

EI celebrates 2020 Wilson Awards winners

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.–The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences’ annual celebration of accomplishments was hosted virtually on Sunday, April 26, 2020.

The following EI students, affiliates, and researchers were honored:?

EMSAGE Laureates?

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Academy for Global Experience (EMSAGE) is the college’s signature undergraduate recognition program. Select students are recognized with the distinctive designation of EMSAGE Laureate.?

Two faculty members join the Institutes of Energy and the Environment

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Two researchers have become cofunded faculty members in the Institutes of Energy and the Environment (IEE): Hee Jeung Oh, an assistant professor in the College of Engineering, and Hilal Ezgi Toraman, an assistant professor in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences with a joint appointment in the College of Engineering.