Student and faculty work on topics ranging from the creative and scholarly to the scientific, such as creating more efficient soybean-to-biodiesel fuel conversion, were on display at UTC on Friday for the school's annual Research Day.

More than 150 presentations were showcased, celebrating "creative and scholarly achievements" of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Matt Littell, of Nashville, discussed the graduate work he's doing with Benjamin Kegley on soybean oil conversion.

Typical industrial production involves 1,000-gallon containers of soybean oil heated with a catalyst for hours to produce a mix of biodiesel and soap, he said.

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