September 27, 2018
University of North Texas
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UNT professor's latest invention heats up biofuel research

UNT faculty Sheldon Shi

UNT Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering Professor Sheldon Shi and Associate Professor Haifeng Zhang have received a $482,905 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture to develop a high-temperature sensor that will aid in biofuel research.

“For this project, we’re going to build high-temperature sensors for use in a pyrolysis furnace. Pyrolysis is used to decompose organic materials, such as biomass, at high temperatures in an inert atmosphere. The sensors will detect gases released from the biomass during pyrolysis,” said Shi. “Right now, there are no sensors that can provide accurate readings and withstand such high temperatures, say over 1800 F (1000C).” Read more.

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