Johns Hopkins
Engineering Design Day

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

The Johns Hopkins Engineering community is creating a better future, translating theoretical knowledge into real-world solutions.


Join us on Tuesday, May 4 for a virtual celebration showcasing student innovation and creativity at Hopkins Engineering annual Design Day!

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Design Day Projects

Superabsorbent Polymer based Fire Retardant

Team: BlueJays Fire Solutions

Program: Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Our project studies the formulation, and design of an affordable fire retardant based on the absorption capabilities of certain polymers. Our research and experiments show superabsorbent polymers as the most cost-friendly and scientifically sound fire retardant material.


  • Dr. Marc Donohue

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Flame test on plywood sprayed with superabsorbent polymer

This video covers the background and prevalence of widefires followed by a detailed debrief on the scope of our solution and its economics.

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