Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Researchers work on carbon dioxide capture systems

Posted by on March 29, 2017

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A Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher and her team are developing technology that could help keep astronauts safe from carbon dioxide buildup during flight and aboard the International Space Station.

Dr. Fateme Rezaei, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at Missouri S&T, and the team have developed “robust structures” in mechanically strong configurations that are comparable to powders in adsorbing CO2. Their findings were reported in the American Chemical Society’s Applied Materials & Interfaces publications in September 2016 and February 2017.

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Missouri S&T chapter of Engineers Without Borders receives $750,000 in funding

Posted by on March 7, 2017

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From clean drinking water to flood control, Missouri University of Science and Technology’s Engineers Without Borders projects are changing lives in Central and South America. Now two major donors have stepped forward to provide $750,000 in funding for EWB – a $500,000 challenge grant from the Houston-based Montana Cahill Foundation and a $250,000 gift from Missouri S&T graduate David Heikkinen and his wife, Ann.

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Smith elected treasurer of national chemical engineering organization

Posted by on January 30, 2017

Dr. Joseph Smith, the Wayne and Gayle Laufer Chair of Energy at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been elected treasurer of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

As an officer, Smith will help guide the national organization that has over 50,000 worldwide members. In December, he finished a three-year term as a member of AIChE’s board of directors before being tapped to be treasurer, where he will serve as chair of the finance committee and as a member of the executive committee.

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Missouri S&T honors alumni for professional distinction

Posted by on December 21, 2016

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Missouri University of Science and Technology presented two Awards of Professional Distinction during winter commencement ceremonies held Saturday, Dec. 17. The awards recognize the outstanding Missouri S&T graduates for professional achievement.

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Al-Dahhan named Curators’ Distinguished Professor at Missouri S&T

Posted by on December 13, 2016

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Dr. Muthanna Al-Dahhan, chair and professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and a professor of nuclear engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named Curators’ Distinguished Professor of chemical and biochemical engineering and of nuclear engineering at Missouri S&T. Al-Dahhan will be officially recognized during Missouri S&T’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 17.

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Miner hero

Posted by on December 6, 2016

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One of the first heroes of World War II was a Miner. He was also one of the first U.S. casualties of the war during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.

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Low oil prices reduce pain at the pump

Posted by on September 21, 2016

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If you think you’re paying less for gas these days, it’s true. And a Missouri University of Science and Technology professor can explain why.

Nationally, the average price for a gallon of regular was — on Sept. 21 — $2.214, down from September 2015 ($2.365) and 2014 ($3.406). And when measured against September 2008, a gallon of gas today is over $1.50 less.

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Laufer Energy Symposium helps sponsor energy conference

Posted by on September 6, 2016

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The Missouri University of Science and Technology Laufer Energy Symposium, along with the Missouri Energy Initiative and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, is sponsoring an energy symposium Oct. 4-5 in St. Louis. The Midwest Energy Policy Conference will bring together key business and technical leaders in legacy and renewable energy technologies.

Dr. Joseph D. Smith, the Wayne and Gayle Laufer Chair of Energy and director of the Energy Research and Development Center at Missouri S&T, will talk about energy resilience, with a specific focus on microgrids and hybrid energy systems.

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Missouri S&T honors alumni for professional distinction

Posted by on May 16, 2016

Missouri University of Science and Technology presented two Awards of Professional Distinction during spring commencement ceremonies held Saturday, May 14. The awards recognize the outstanding Missouri S&T graduates for professional achievement.

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Missouri S&T team boosts lithium-ion battery performance

Posted by on May 4, 2016

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ROLLA, Mo. — Batteries are everyday objects people don’t think about — until they run out of juice. That’s especially true the more ubiquitous an object is, such as laptop computers and cellphones that need to have their batteries charged seemingly every day.

But Missouri University of Science and Technology researchers are working to solve the problem of short-life of lithium-ion batteries like those used in laptops and cellphones, making them reliable and longer-lasting using a thin-film coating technique called atomic layer deposition (ALD). Their paper, titled “Employing Synergetic Effect of Doping and Thin-Film Coating to Boost the Performance of Lithium-Ion Battery Cathode Particles,” is being published today, Wednesday, May 4, in Scientific Reports, a Nature publishing group journal.

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