An Arizona State engineer works on a new generation of engines
His research could also advance environmental protection
Marcus Herrmann is a kind of expert mixologist – but one who specializes in things that don’t mix well, like oil and water.
The Arizona State University mechanical engineer is helping make strides in understanding the flow dynamics of immiscible interfaces – in other words, how gases and liquids that don’t combine well can be expected to behave when they must be used together to spark various mechanical and chemical processes.
Predicting and controlling that behavior is critical to systems that require the characteristics of both gases and liquids for energy-conversion processes for technologies such as the standard combustion engine in most of the world’s motor vehicles.
Better prediction and control of such processes are the keys to advances toward the next generations of fuel and energy-conversion technologies, including fuel-injection systems, as well as medical sprays and environmental protection and management methods.
Herrmann’s progress in this area has earned him a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. It’s given to engineers and scientists considered potential leaders in research and teaching in fields vital to national interests.
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