Researchers create shape-memory aerogels with rubber-like elasticity

A time-lapse of one of the aerogels flexing from a held-closed position back to its original straight shape. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T.

Polymeric aerogels are nanoporous structures that combine some of the most desirable characteristics of materials, such as flexibility and mechanical strength. It is nearly impossible to improve on a substance considered the final frontier in lightweight materials. But chemists from Missouri University of Science and Technology have done just that by making aerogels that have rubber-like elasticity and can “remember” their original shapes.

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Chemistry professor to conduct collaborative research in Japan

Dr. Jay Switzer

Dr. Jay Switzer

A Missouri S&T chemistry professor will spend May in Japan, where he will conduct collaborative research and present a series of lectures as a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). [Read more…]

Research leads to a golden discovery for wearable technology

An example of a gold foil peeled from single crystal silicon. Reprinted with permission from Naveen Mahenderkar et al., Science [355]:[1203] (2017)

An example of a gold foil peeled from single crystal silicon. Reprinted with permission from Naveen Mahenderkar et al., Science [355]:[1203] (2017)

Some day, your smartphone might completely conform to your wrist, and when it does, it might be covered in pure gold, thanks to researchers at Missouri S&T.

Writing in the March 17 issue of the journal Science, the S&T researchers say they have developed a way to “grow” thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon, remove the gold foils, and use them as substrates on which to grow other electronic materials. [Read more…]

Missouri S&T researcher works to develop nanodiamond materials

Dr. Vadym Mochalin (left) and visiting researcher Atsushi Kume (DAICEL Corp.) working in the lab.

Dr. Vadym Mochalin (left) and visiting researcher Atsushi Kume (DAICEL Corp.) working in the lab.

When you think of diamonds, rings and anniversaries generally come to mind. But one day, the first thing that will come to mind may be bone surgery. By carefully designing modified diamonds at the nano-scale level, a Missouri University of Science and Technology researcher hopes to create multifunctional diamond-based materials for applications ranging from advanced composites to drug delivery platforms and biomedical imaging agents.

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New Missouri S&T research center to focus on environment, energy

Dr. Philip Whitefield

Dr. Philip Whitefield

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s newest research center, the Center for Research in Energy and Environment, was established effective Jan. 1. The center will address energy and environmental research under the direction of Dr. Philip Whitefield, chair and professor of chemistry at Missouri S&T.

The newly created center combines two existing research centers at Missouri S&T into one. The Energy Research and Development Center and the Environmental Research Center will no longer be stand-alone groups. [Read more…]

New approach to water splitting could improve hydrogen production

Research by Missouri S&T's Dr. Manashi Nath and colleagues was featured on the cover of the journal ChemSusChem

Research by Missouri S&T’s Dr. Manashi Nath and colleagues was featured on the cover of the journal ChemSusChem

A team of researchers from Missouri University of Science and Technology and National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece have demonstrated a more efficient, less cost-prohibitive way to split water into its elements of hydrogen and oxygen. Their approach could make hydrogen fuel a more viable energy source in the future while addressing the technological challenge of developing clean and renewable energy without depleting earth’s natural preserves.

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Honglan Shi: Water woman

Dr. Honglan Shi and her students Runmiao Xue and Haiting Zhang conduct drinking water quality research in Schrenk Hall.

Dr. Honglan Shi and her students Runmiao Xue and Haiting Zhang conduct drinking water quality research in Schrenk Hall.

When foul-tasting and potentially toxic water reaches Missouri residents, water utility supervisors know who to call: Dr. Honglan Shi. [Read more…]

Mead-making Miners

Patrick Martin (from left), Esther Martin, Anna Wallace and Derek Martin pose with Martin Brothers Winery's mead offerings at the meadery's guided tasting bar outside of Hermann, Missouri.

Patrick Martin (from left), Esther Martin, Anna Wallace and Derek Martin pose with Martin Brothers Winery’s mead offerings at the meadery’s guided tasting bar outside of Hermann, Missouri.

One Missouri S&T alumnus reached deep into the past to determine his and his family’s future.

Patrick Martin graduated in 2011 with degrees in chemistry and biological sciences. Today he practices the ancient art of mead-making at his family’s winery, Martin Brothers Winery, using his extensive education and passionate interest in microbiology as his muse. His mead has garnered acclaim and a bevy of international awards for the Hermann, Missouri-based winery. The accolades include a gold-award-equivalent Medal of American Excellence for his Orange Blossom Mead at the 2015 Jefferson Cup Invitational Wine Competition in Kansas City, Missouri, and a gold award for his Wildflower Sweet Mead in Beverage Testing Institute’s 2014 World Honey Wine Challenge in Chicago, Illinois. [Read more…]

Former NASA astronaut to be first presenter in Stoffer Lecture Series

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi, NASA astronaut and deputy director of NASA's Glenn Research Center, will speak at Missouri S&T commencement ceremonies. She earned a master of science degree in chemistry from Missouri S&T.

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi, NASA astronaut and deputy director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center, will speak at Missouri S&T commencement ceremonies. She earned a master of science degree in chemistry from Missouri S&T. Photo courtesy of NASA.

Dr. Janet L. Kavandi, director of NASA’s John H. Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and a Missouri University of Science and Technology graduate, will give the inaugural lecture in the James O. Stoffer Lecture in Chemistry series.

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Prevention with a capital ‘P’

Cancer-detection device poised to save lives

Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators' Distinguished Teaching Professor of chemistry, works with Ph.D. student Casey Burton and Alex Cristea, a sophomore in chemistry, on Ma's P-scan cancer-screening device.              Photo by Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Dr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Distinguished Teaching Professor of chemistry, discusses his P-Scan device with Alex Cristea (left), a sophomore in chemistry, and Casey Burton (right), a Ph.D. student in chemistry. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

The early detection of cancer through screening techniques such as mammograms saves thousands of lives annually. Yinfa Ma is out to save thousands more through an easier and less costly approach. [Read more…]