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Missouri S&T biochemical engineer patents low-cost method of removing bacterial toxins from fluids

Posted by on July 12, 2018

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By some estimates, 18 million people die each year from sepsis triggered by endotoxins – fragments of the outer membranes of bacteria. A biochemical engineer at Missouri S&T has patented a method of removing these harmful elements from water and also from pharmaceutical formulations. Her goal: improve drug safety and increase access to clean drinking water in the developing world.
The technique, as outlined in a July 2016 article in the journal Nanotechnology, involves a one-step phase separation method, using a syringe pump, to synthesize the nanoparticles. Those polymer nanoparticles have a high endotoxin removal efficiency of nearly 1 million endotoxin units per milliliter of water, using only a few micrograms of the material.

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Military background spurs Missouri S&T explosives engineering Ph.D. student’s research on traumatic brain injury

Posted by on July 11, 2018

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While in the Marine Corps, Missouri S&T explosives engineering Ph.D. student Barbara Rutter saw the effects of traumatic brain injury (TBI) on her fellow soldiers’ lives firsthand. Those experiences have led Rutter to devote her graduate research to the relationship between physical building damage and TBI occurrence, so that the military can easily determine if an improvised explosive device (IED) explosion has caused such an injury.

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S&T receives largest gift in its history with in-kind contribution of seismic data

Posted by on July 3, 2018

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Missouri University of Science and Technology 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. The data, which has been donated to S&T’s geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering department, is a 3-D geologic and seismic survey of 85 square miles along the Texas Gulf Coast.

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S&T selects Penn State prof, NSF program director to oversee research in College of Engineering and Computing

Posted by on July 2, 2018

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Dr. Angela Lueking, a professor of energy and mineral engineering and chemical engineering at Pennsylvania State University and a recent program director at the National Science Foundation, is joining Missouri S&T as associate dean of research in the College of Engineering and Computing starting Aug. 1

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Missouri S&T moves to ‘highly selective’ admissions status

Posted by on June 7, 2018

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Missouri S&T has become one of only two public universities in the state to be designated as “highly selective” in their admissions criteria.

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In Nature Materials paper, researchers describe new method to boost electron mobility, conductivity

Posted by on June 4, 2018

Two Missouri S&T chemistry researchers are part of an international team that has designed a new metal-organic framework that exhibits dramatic improvements in electron mobility, which could lead to new applications for fuels cells, batteries and other technologies. The team describes its research in a Nature Materials published online Monday, June 4.

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S&T team places second in University Rover Challenge, best among U.S. teams

Posted by on June 3, 2018

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Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover Design Team, winners of the 2017 University Rover Challenge (URC) finished second among a field of 36 collegiate teams in this year’s competition, which was won by Czestochowa University of Technology. Missouri S&T had the top score among the 12 U.S. teams in the competition.

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Rock-and-roll grandpa earns doctoral degree for research on using desert shrub as asphalt recycling agent

Posted by on May 23, 2018

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He’s driven the backroads with some of the biggest names in rock and roll, from Def Leppard and KISS to John Denver and the Eurythmics, hauling both gear and performers as a truck- and bus-driving roadie. Yet despite his many brushes with fame, what gets Mike Lusher most excited these days is his research into an unassuming desert shrub that some predict will revolutionize the rubber industry. A fascination with the guayule (why-YOO-lee) plant that began a dozen years ago while watching an episode of The History Channel show “Modern Marvels” has culminated in a Ph.D. in civil engineering for the 64-year-old grandfather, who received his diploma at May 12 commencement.

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In series of talks, professor promotes materials of tomorrow

Posted by on May 12, 2018

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As a boy, Dr. Joseph Newkirk was fascinated by artwork that depicted a sleek, space-age future of flying cars and robotic servants – the stuff of TV shows like The Jetsons. Today, Newkirk is still fascinated by a space-age future. But the Missouri S&T professor of metallurgical engineering isn’t dreaming about George Jetson’s speedy spacecraft. Instead, he’s thinking about what future materials will be needed to transport people to Mars or make robots stronger.

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Missouri S&T professor receives manufacturing research medal

Posted by on May 8, 2018

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Dr. Ming Leu, the Keith and Pat Bailey Missouri Professor of Integrated Product Manufacturing at Missouri S&T, is being honored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) for his role in advancing manufacturing research. The professional society has named Leu, who also directs the Intelligent Systems Center at S&T, the winner of its 2018 Milton C. Shaw Manufacturing Research Medal. The award recognizes significant fundamental contributions to the science and technology of manufacturing processes.

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