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Nabity, James A. Associate Professor


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  • Prof Nabity engages in research that spans engineering and the sciences to enable long-term and far-reaching human space flight systems. His research includes environmental control and life support systems (ECLSS); spacecraft and habitat design; and propulsion and power. Doctoral students are currently engaged in the following research activities: 1) algal photobioreactors, 2) reduce crew exposure to space radiation, 3) model the influence of space radiation on crew performance, 4) robust ECLSS, 5) solid-state thermal control / thermoelectrics, and 6) use ionic liquid solvents for mineral extraction. Research was proposed to develop capillary-driven water/nutrient delivery, humidity and CO2 removal from spacecraft cabin atmospheres, CO2 sequestration from the Mars atmosphere and algal photobioreactors. Articles describe the design and implementation of algal photobioreactors, the characterization of ionic liquids, capillarity, RH control and CO2 electrolysis.


  • life support, thermal control, heat transport, freezable heat exchanger, waste management, ozone oxidation, solid waste oxidation, water treatment, emergency oxygen generation, airbreathing propulsion, gas turbine augmentor, ramjet combustion, scramjet combustion, jet fuels, catalytic combustion, rocket propulsion, colloid thruster, fuel injection, MEMS


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