This post is the first in a series of stories highlighting our collaborative partners…
RES Polyflow spotlights our collaborative partnership with the College of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics at Youngstown State University. Our media arm, RESP etc. recently spoke with Associate Professor of Analytical Chemistry Dr. Josef Simeonsson and asked him to characterize the strategic partnership formed with RES Polyflow.
RESP etc.: Please characterize the partnership with RES Polyflow from the university’s perspective.
Dr. Simeonsson: The partnership of YSU with RES Polyflow represents an outstanding opportunity for the University to collaborate with an industrial partner on the development of a new and exciting energy-related technology. Key impacts of this partnership include valuable research and training opportunities for students including access to state of the art instrumentation and methods of analysis. The experience gained as a result of this project will help YSU to develop as a resource for fuels and energy research and also help current and future students to be better prepared and more competitive as they seek careers in these important technology areas.
etc.: Can you describe the fuel testing lab being implemented at Youngstown State?
Dr. S: The fuels analysis laboratory at YSU will include several analytical capabilities that allow characterization of the major and minor chemical components of product liquids generated by the RES Polyflow waste to fuels process. The major instrumentation capabilities include a new gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) instrument for characterizing hydrocarbon components in the liquid samples, distillation methods for characterization of boiling point distributions, as well as nitrogen/sulfur/halides analysis methods and metals analysis by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS).
etc.: What are the goals of the lab from an academic standpoint? Regional economy standpoint?
Dr S: The primary goal of the fuels analysis laboratory is to develop new, high performance fuel analysis capabilities at YSU that provide key information needed to support the successful scale up of the RES Polyflow energy recovery from end of life plastics technology. Further goals are to make these new capabilities available for research and training by YSU faculty and students, and to provide research and technical support to other companies and organizations looking to develop waste to energy and/or alternative energy technologies.
etc.: How was the lab funded?
Dr. S: Acquisition of the instrumentation for the fuels analysis laboratory has been made possible by a Wright Capital Grant from the Ohio Department of Development that has been provided to support the Ohio Third Frontier project focused on the scale up of RES Polyflow’s waste to fuels technology.
To ensure a successful path to commercialization, characterization and testing of the end fuels produced by RES Polyflow’s patented conversion process on a continuous basis is a critical quality assurance measure for customers interested in purchasing the liquid product in volume. Aligning with a partner like Youngstown State University to establish and advance the company’s fuel testing protocol represents a significant step in commercializing the RES Polyflow technology. As Dr. Simeonsson already noted, the real world experience gained by students enrolled in the chemistry program at YSU positions them for a successful entry into a very competitive and growing professional field.