R&D Magazine recognizes biodiesel tool's significance

By Kris Bevill | October 14, 2008
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The i-SPEC Q-100, a handheld biodiesel analyzer developed by researchers at Paradigm Sensors LLC and Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., will be honored by R&D Magazine as one of the 100 most significant technology products of 2008. Previous products that received the award include the automated teller machine, the fax machine and High Definition Television.

This year's recipients will receive their awards at the 46th annual R&D awards banquet on Oct. 16 in Chicago.

The analyzer uses impedance spectroscopy to assess the chemical content of biodiesel, including glycerin, acid number, blend percentage and methanol. "That analysis is important to prevent problems caused by bad biodiesel mixes that can cause mechanical problems in vehicles and machinery," Paradigm President Robert Young said. The portability offered by a handheld device makes the product even more attractive to producers, according to Paradigm.

The technology for the device was developed by Marquette University's College of Engineering. Opus Dean of Engineering Dr. Stan Jaskolski said the success of the i-SPEC is an example of how academic research can contribute to economic development.
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