Making tornado alley safer

Growing up in northeast China, Guirong Grace” Yan didn’t see many tornados in a country where the number of documented twisters is a fraction of those that hit the United States.

But as her academic career took Yan to several postdoctoral fellowships and then faculty positions in Indiana, Missouri and Texas, the assistant professor of structural engineering gradually found her calling. [Read more…]

Living laboratory houses lead battery research

This past November, Missouri S&T installed two new advanced lead battery microgrid systems at the EcoVillage, a “living laboratory” that is home to S&T’s solar-powered homes. [Read more…]

Ameren, Hyperion partner with S&T to improve energy technology

Energy giant Ameren Corp. and Hyperion Inc., a developing technology company in Ontario, Canada, are working with researchers at Missouri S&T to use fiber optics to monitor high-voltage power lines and equipment. The research could lead to decreased down times for consumers and cost savings for utilities. [Read more…]

Molecular legos

A pair of Missouri S&T scientists are drawing inspiration from toy building blocks to create fixed molecular units used to speed up the material discovery process known as rational design. They’ll use these “molecular blocks” to discover materials that could be used to make highly sought solid-state lithium batteries. [Read more…]

To improve nuclear energy, look inside the fuel pins

The search for safe and environmentally friendly renewable energy sources is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity. One environmentally friendly and virtually inexhaustible energy source under development is the next generation of nuclear reactors and, along with them, new types of fuels. [Read more…]

In-kind seismic data gift is largest in S&T history

Missouri S&T has received the largest gift in its history: an in-kind donation of proprietary seismic data valued at $6.5 million from Calico Jack Holdings LLC and Zion Energy LLC, both Houston-based oil and gas exploration companies. [Read more…]

Safer water and medications thanks to nanoparticles

Over 200,000 people die each year in the U.S. from sepsis, and an estimated 18 million worldwide. Endotoxins, which are fragments of bacterial outer membranes, trigger the septic reaction. [Read more…]

How many blasts can a mine seal take?

Kyle Perry is building a cannon to blast things like concrete blocks, hard hats and roof bolts at concrete seals in coal mine tunnels, all to test how well those seals withstand high-speed projectiles. [Read more…]

Trust your gut … and your ear

Within seconds, we make personal choices daily, from what clothes to wear to what music to play in the car on the way to work. A Missouri S&T cognitive neuroscientist says these gut-level decisions are important, and that intuition tends to be accurate in revealing our true preferences. [Read more…]

S&T chemist rolls the dice to better identify chiral molecules in drugs

High risk, high reward. That’s the kind of discovery Garry “Smitty” Grubbs is looking for. And this one could significantly reduce drug costs. [Read more…]