[Blueboard] Seminar on coconut products, Thursday, July 20, 4:30pm

Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit fdayrit at ateneo.edu
Thu Jul 20 09:10:01 PHT 2006


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Ateneo de Manila University
Department of Chemistry

You are cordially invited to attend this special lecture entitled:

"Converting Coconuts into Value-Added Products"

Walter L. Bradley, Ph.D., P.E.
Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering
Baylor University, Waco, TX 76712, USA


July 20, 2006, Thursday; 4:30 -- 6:00 pm
Rm Ch 109, Schmitt Hall
Ateneo de Manila University

Abstract
Coconuts are an abundant renewable resource in coastal regions within
twenty degrees of the equator around the world. Furthermore, the various
parts of the coconut have many unique physical and chemical properties.
This presentation will highlight the research carried out at Baylor
University which explore potential value-added products that can be
produced from the constituents of coconuts. Coconut oil can be converted
to coconut bio-diesel for fuel for cars or diesel generators for rural
electrification. However, coconut oil can also be burned directly in
diesel generators if preheated sufficiently. Coconut shells can be ground
into fine particles and used as reinforcement in engineering composites
made with polymer matrices. Alternatively, coconut shell can be used to
simultaneously cook and prepare high quality charcoal. Finally, the
coconut husk can be used to make binderless particle board. Work in each
of the above areas will be presented.
Biographical Sketch
Walter Bradley has a BS in Engineering Science and Ph.D. in materials
science, both from the University of Texas at Austin. He taught at the
Colorado School of Mines, Texas A&M University, and most recently Baylor
University. While at Texas A&M, he directed the Polymer Technology Center
and served as department head of Mechanical Engineering. He has received
research awards from Texas A&M and the American Society for Materials. He
has also served as a consultant for many Fortune 500 companies. He has
published 149 articles and book chapters in various journals, conference
proceedings and books.



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Dr. Fabian M. Dayrit
Dean, School of Science & Engineering
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Ateneo de Manila University
Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines

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Tel: (632) 426-6001 ext 5600
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Email: fdayrit at ateneo.edu



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