Building a better battery

Tyler Fears, Chem’10, Phys’10, a Ph.D. student in chemistry, is using nanomaterials that act as cathodes to expand the capacity of lithium-ion batteries through an Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His project is funded by a five-year, $3 million grant awarded to MU by the National Science Foundation. [Read more…]

Improving rural drinking water

Disinfectants used in water treatment operations could generate harmful byproducts that are unregulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). [Read more…]

Nuclear fusion: achieved

In May, three Missouri S&T physics seniors achieved nuclear fusion of deuterium into helium as part of the final project in their senior research laboratory class. This nuclear fusion reaction is the same process as the one that powers the sun. [Read more…]

‘Smart’ rocks detect bridge damage

The leading cause of bridge collapse in the U.S. is scour, an erosion process where water flow carries away river bed deposits and creates scour holes around a bridge pier or abutment. Floods intensify the problem and can quickly make the bridge unstable. [Read more…]

Smartphone biology

Using nothing more than a smartphone and less than $10 in hardware supplies, Missouri S&T biology students built their own microscopes in biology lab this past fall. [Read more…]

Time-lapse microscope images aid stem cell research

Using time-lapse microscopy images, Zhaozheng Yin can record the movement and division of cells and track changes in their shape and appearance. His research could lead to advances in the growth of stem cells for medical purposes. [Read more…]

Gone with the wind (noise)

Lian Duan, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, received a Young Investigator Research Program Award from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research to study how noise affects wind tunnel testing for hypersonic vehicles.

Using the world’s largest supercomputers, Duan studies the physics of noise generation in hypersonic wind tunnels and the effect of the tunnel noise on boundary layer transition. His work can help characterize the natural disturbance environment in hypersonic wind tunnels and improve the testing of high-speed space vehicles.

NASA funds turbulence research at S&T

Missouri S&T received a $750,000 grant from NASA to help develop new approaches and computational models for predicting turbulence in aircraft flow fields. Washington University in St. Louis and Lincoln University are partners on the project.

Missouri is one of 15 states to receive funding in 2014 through NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). The program supports basic research and technology development in areas relevant to NASA’s mission in designated states.

David W. Riggins, Curators’ Teaching Professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T, is the project administrator.

NSF funds climate variability project

Missouri S&T is one of nine institutions in a research consortium that received a five-year $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study climate variability and its potential agricultural, ecological and social impacts in Missouri.

“The Missouri Transect: Climate, Plants and Community” received funding from the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), a National Science Foundation program to support research; education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); and workforce development.

Joel Burken, professor of environmental engineering and director of the Environmental Research Center, will lead the project at Missouri S&T.

Lungs may suffer when elements go nano

Nanoparticles are found in everything from electronics and medicine to cosmetics and environmental cleanup, but Yue-Wern Huang says they can be harmful when inhaled. [Read more…]