Honors Theses


Amy Ciric, Ph.D.


Chemical, Materials and Bioengineering

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The Solar Thermal Adsorptive Refrigerator (STAR) project at the University of Dayton seeks to bridge sustainability and the need for reliable refrigeration in developing communities. Cost-effective construction, operation, and maintenance as well as the use of a sustainable adsorption pair, activated carbon-ethanol, give STAR great potential in the realm of humanitarian engineering. This project explores the effect of using two activated carbon brands, 8x16 and CocoPlus, on the cyclic performance of the STAR system. Although both brands have similar specifications given by the manufacturer, one (8x16) inhibited successful performance while the other (CocoPlus) enabled it. This project highlights both the complexity of optimizing the STAR’s performance and the importance of understanding the specific characteristics of the activated carbon used in a STAR system.

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Undergraduate research


Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering | Chemical Engineering | Engineering | Materials Science and Engineering