Gemstone Honors College
Road salts are used wholesale to make roadways safer during the onset of winter storms. While sodium chloride in staple road salt is cheap, effective, and readily available, its use is associated with negative impacts on both the surrounding environment and infrastructure. As awareness of these issues continues to increase, the past few decades have seen a shift in perception, inspiring conscious efforts to decrease the amount of road salts applied. Team MELTS seeks to further reduce the usage of road salts by developing a new formula for an applied anti-icer that will be a viable alternative to sodium chloride. Using a set of tests to evaluate the properties of known and marketed substances, the team hopes to produce a more favorable mixture of compounds.