Elif Senyurt, a PhD candidate in Edward Dreizin’s team at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), studies fluid properties of chemical warfare agent (CWA) surrogates as part of MSEE’s Research Area 3 – Focus Area 2: High Temperature Properties and Chemistry of Agents and Simulants. In this video produced by NJIT, Senyurt explains the purpose and scope of her work.

Senyurt and her colleagues in MSEE seek to understand how droplets of CWA simulants behave when they are released into the environment, with particular attention paid to how they spread and how they react to extreme heat. Senyurt and her fellow researchers utilize various experimental methods to assess important characteristics of CWA simulants and the compounds they create upon decomposition, including their viscosity, surface tension, and evaporation rates.