Electrocatalytic Green Engineering Group


The Capstone Engineering Design project is a supervised design, simulation or experimental project involving the definition of a design problem, carrying out the research and design, and demonstrating results. Capstone provides students the opportunity to demonstrate good judgement, challenge and enhance their ability to solve open-ended design problems, and improve team work skills.

Available Capstone Projects

Each year, the Electrocatalytic Green Engineering Group supervises several capstone projects. Students can select available projects or define in collaboration with our team a project. Interested candidates should contact Prof. Wuthrich or any of our team members.

All projects are closely related to the research conducted by our team and usually involves the design and construction of research facilities that will be later used in our work. All projects are supervised by a research assistant from our team.

Design and Construction of a SACE Injection Facility

During micro-machining by Spark Assisted Chemical Engraving (SACE), it is central to have the right chemicals (composition, temperature) injected at the right place with the right timing. The team will have to deign and construct a facility allowing the preparation of the desired liquids (by mixing various chemicals and heating it up to the desired temperature) before injecting it at the desired moment, at the desired location with the desired amount. The facility has to provide an interface which has to be computer controlled by our home-made SACE code (based on Matlab-Simulink and Tcl).

Project supervisor: Jana D. Abou Ziki

Design and Construction of a Laser CNC

The team will have to deign and construct a table-top laser machining CNC facility. It is required that the CNC is based on the open source code EMC2.

Project supervisor: Jana D. Abou Ziki

Table-Top Nano-Particle Production Facility

The team will have to design and construct a table-top laser nano-particle production facility using glow discharge electrolysis as synthesis method. Among other challenges, a rotating electrode has to be carefully positioned (potion to be controlled during the synthesis process) during the process inside an acidic solution. It is required that the control of the electrode is based on the open source code EMC2 or our home made open source code ECTk. The electrolytic solution, in which take place the synthesis, has to be temperature controlled.

Project supervisor: Maniya Aghasibeig

Particle Accelerator

The team will have to design and construct a small particle accelerator (for electrons). The aim is to use this machine for radiation chemistry. The accelerator can be based on an electron gun combined with a magnetic field for selection of electron energy. For this challenging project, it is recommended to have within the team someone either very interested in electronics (some high frequency, GHz, circuits will be required) or to have a team member studding in the electrical engineering department.

Project supervisor: Andrew Morrison