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American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2016

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Project ended on November 03, at 03:00 PM CDT
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American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2016

National Conference: 

The Iowa State Chapter of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) is happy to announce that we will be sending our hydrogen fuel cell team to compete at the National Student Conference in San Francisco Nov. 11-14th.  After qualifying last spring with a second place finish at the regional conference they have been working hard to prepare the car for this amazing new opportunity. Your support will help us send the car and team to conference and to make some needed improvements to the car. Thank you for your generosity.



This year, the Iowa State team will be competing for the first time at the national level ChemECar competition with other schools from across the US. Teams design and fabricate a small chemically powered and stopped car. At competition, additional mass will be added to the car and the team will be given a target distance. 

Team Members: 

Gabi Ampuero, Brian Gates, Conner Graves, Alex Sazenski, Jacqui Galang, Ari Adams, Derek Bruun, Austin Weiser

The Car:

Our car is powered by the oxidation of aluminum using aqueous sodium hydroxide which produces hydrogen gas. The gas is collected and then fed into a TDM hydrogen fuel cell where is mixes with atmospheric oxygen and provides the VEX motors with power. Our stopping mechanism utilizes a well-calibrated iodine clock reaction which, when completed, obstructs light from reach a photoresistor. 




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Thank you for supporting the Iowa State University student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers as we prepare for conference.



We really appreciate your support, your name will be listed on the sponsorship wall in the AIChE office.


Project Engineer

Thank you for your generosity. Your name will be posted in our list of sponsors on the chapter website ( and on our sponsorship wall.


Process Engineer

Thanks for all of your help, in addition to having your name posted, you will receive a social media shout out on our Twitter.


Project Manager

Your donation really goes a long way towards bringing us to conference, we really appreciate it! In addition to a social media shoutout your name will be put on the conference T-shirts. (Donations must be made by 10-26-16 to be placed on the conference t-shirt for this semester)


Plant Manager

Your donation brings us significantly closer to attending the conference and we really appreciate it! In addition to the benefits above, you will be listed on the website as a Chem E Car Team sponsor.

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