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