Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

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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S&T’s Academy of Chemical Engineers inducts six new members

Posted by on April 22, 2016

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Six professionals were inducted into the Academy of Chemical Engineers at Missouri University of Science and Technology during its annual induction ceremony on Thursday, April 21. The academy honors chemical engineers for contributions to their profession, leadership and involvement with Missouri S&T. It serves as an advisory group to the Missouri S&T chemical and biochemical engineering department.

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Computer modeling helps researcher chase diseases

Posted by on April 15, 2016

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Researching ways to cure cancer and neurodegenerative diseases in the lab is painstaking, time-consuming and expensive. But a Missouri University of Science and Technology professor is using computer modeling to test drug therapies that one day could lead to cures for these conditions that kill millions each year.

Dr. Dipak Barua, assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at Missouri S&T, is the principal investigator on a project funded with a Department of Energy grant for $112,377 on “countering pathogen interfaces with human defenses.”

“We use math and computational modeling as a tool to understand the mechanisms in cells, and we develop computational and mathematical models that make predictions” about what will happen with different therapies, Barua says.

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Missouri S&T professor named AIChE Fellow

Posted by on December 11, 2015

Dr. Muthanna H. 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 elected as a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the highest grade of membership.

The award was presented in November during AIChE’s annual meeting in Salt Lake City.

The honor reaffirms the esteem with which Al-Dahhan’s colleagues and peers view his distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments. Al-Dahhan has been a consultant to many U.S. and international companies and research centers, and he founded and chaired international conferences on gas-liquid-solid reactor engineering, bio-energy and catalysis in renewable products.

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Missouri S&T Chem-E-Car Team is fifth in the nation

Posted by on November 9, 2015

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A team of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology earned fifth place out of 34 competitors at the 2015 national Chem-E-Car competition with its chemical reaction-powered autonomous vehicle.

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Missouri S&T’s Chem-E-Car team heads to nationals

Posted by on October 30, 2015

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A group of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology will compete at the 2015 national Chem-E-Car competition with its chemical reaction-powered autonomous vehicle.

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Missouri S&T student team battles disease in bats

Posted by on September 22, 2015

White-nose syndrome has plagued bat species throughout the United States since its introduction in 2006 from Europe. Millions have already died and the disease, caused by a fungus that preys on hibernating bats, threatens to disrupt the ecosystem. However, white-nose syndrome may be on the retreat thanks to a team of students from Missouri University of Science and Technology.

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Bertelsmeyer Hall earns LEED Silver certification

Posted by on August 4, 2015

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James E. Bertelsmeyer Hall, the chemical and biochemical engineering building at Missouri University of Science and Technology, was recently awarded LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

The LEED rating system is the foremost certification program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

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Academy of Chemical Engineers inducts eight new members

Posted by on April 27, 2015

Eight professionals were inducted into the Academy of Chemical Engineers at Missouri University of Science and Technology during its annual induction ceremony on Thursday, April 16. The academy honors chemical engineers for contributions to their profession, leadership and involvement with Missouri S&T. It serves as an advisory group to the Missouri S&T chemical and biochemical engineering department.

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