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UND researchers hit milestone in rare-earth minerals production

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Efforts by UND researchers to transform the state into a hub to produce rare earth elements (REEs) and critical minerals (CMs) continue to move forward, and the pilot production facility, located off Mill Road in Grand Forks, has begun to produce concentrated mixtures of the compounds. This most recent development comes on the heels of […]

UND, Cankdeska Cikana Community College partner on NASA grant

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The first pair of boots to touch the moon’s surface were designed by GE for the Apollo 11 mission. Made from silicon rubber, they were rugged and made to withstand extreme conditions. While their functional design has evolved over time, there is still room for improvement. UND’s Jesse Rhoades, Advanced Manufacturing Instructor Nick Bittner of Cankdeska […]

Three UND colleges unite for new research initiative

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Behavioral health disorders, which range from substance use disorders to suicidality and anxiety, directly impact 20 percent of adults in the United States. Research in the area is broad as it encompasses not only emotional, social and psychological health, but also a similarly holistic approach to treating mental and physical disorders. While the field is […]

Energy & Environmental Research Center

UND EERC to help lead Heartland Hydrogen Hub selected for U.S. Department of Energy funding

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Energy & Environmental Research Center

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Heartland Hydrogen Hub (HH2H) to advance a regional clean energy project. The funding award is under negotiations for up to $925 million. HH2H is a collaborative initiative that will produce low-carbon hydrogen, decarbonize regional supply chains, and create clean energy jobs across Minnesota, […]

UND chemical engineers lead Tribal Energy Sovereignty initiative

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The National Science Foundation’s Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) program has awarded a four-year, $4 million-grant to UND and seven partner institutions and organizations to advance tribal energy sovereignty. The project, referred to as the “Sustainable Engineering Infrastructures and Solutions for Tribal Energy Sovereignty” program, will be led by two faculty from the Chemical Engineering department: Wayne Seames, Chester […]

EERC Awarded $38 Million for CCS Project

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The Energy & Environmental Research Center at the University of North Dakota was awarded $38 million from the U.S. Department of Energy for a carbon capture and storage project.

UND, regional universities receive National Science Foundation Engines grant

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Along with five other regional universities, UND has been awarded nearly $1 million from the U.S. National Science Foundation’s Regional Innovation Engines (NSF Engines) program. UND leads one of the 44 teams nationwide in receiving one of the first-ever NSF Engines Development Awards, which aims to help partners collaborate to create economic, societal and technological opportunities […]

Atmospheric Sciences graduate students

On hair-raising flights, UND grad students make an IMPACT for NASA

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Atmospheric Sciences graduate students

Christian Nairy wasn’t sure he had the time to tackle another research project at UND. He had plenty to do in completing a Ph.D. in atmospheric sciences. He changed his mind when he was offered the chance to fly directly into snowstorms to gather atmospheric data for NASA. Nairy was asked to join the project […]

UND, NDDOT partner on transportation research initiative

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In a Feb. 27 ceremony, UND celebrated the formal dedication of a partnership with the North Dakota Department of Transportation that will provide research for the agency, while offering valuable educational opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate students. UND and NDDOT leaders gathered for the ceremony in Upson I, which now officially houses the Transportation […]

NSF awards $400,000 to UND for blowing snow research

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The National Science Foundation has awarded Aaron Kennedy, UND associate professor of atmospheric sciences, a $400,000 grant to further his research on the blowing snow that leads to ground blizzards, a common wintertime hazard in the Northern Great Plains. As recent severe winter weather in the Red River Valley has demonstrated, the effects of blizzards and ground blizzards […]

UND, Purdue University collaborate on research to improve safety and tracking of hypersonic vehicles

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What are the implications of the interaction between hypersonic vehicles travelling through the atmosphere and the ice crystals that naturally form there? A pair of UND researchers have received a federal grant to study that interaction, and their results could impact the design and improve the safety of hypersonic vehicles. Hallie Chelmo, assistant professor of Mechanical Engineering, […]

UND researcher receives $1.25 million grant to transform carbon dioxide into minerals

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Johannes Van der Watt, research assistant professor at UND’s Institute of Energy Studies, has been awarded more than $1.25 million in funding to study the feasibility of using industrial residues to capture carbon dioxide in a solid form—and then using that solid in a beneficial way. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy for a […]

Mechanical Engineering professor receives $250,000 from NSF for additive manufacturing research

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A UND Mechanical Engineering professor has received federal funding to research new manufacturing methods for components used in nuclear reactors. Sougata Roy, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, received nearly $250,000 to study how additive manufacturing (AM) processes can be used to make the nuclear reactor components. Additive manufacturing is a process not dissimilar to how a 3D printer […]

UND receives NASA research grant

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UND has received a $650,000 grant to develop high-bandwidth communications networks to be used in space. The grant was awarded by NASA through its Space Technology Research Grants Program, and was announced by Sen. Kevin Cramer, R-N.D., on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Funds from the award will be given out over the period of three years. Along with UND, nine […]