Research

Nearly $1 million NSF grant to bolster cyber-physical systems security

Posted by on December 7, 2018

  • 15
    Shares

A team of Missouri S&T researchers has received a National Science Foundation research grant of nearly $1 million to develop stronger safeguards for a wide array of complex systems that rely on computers – from public water supply systems and electric grids to chemical plants and self-driving vehicles.

Read More »

Building better aerogels by crushing them

Posted by on December 4, 2018

  • 6
    Shares

Strong, flexible and ultralight aerogels are used in a wide variety of products, from insulation for offshore oil pipelines to parts for space exploration missions. Now, aerogels are undergoing a paradigm shift due to a breakthrough in the understanding of their mechanical properties at the nanoscale level.

Read More »

Plant detective: Missouri S&T professor studies plants as “bio-sentinels” of indoor pollution

Posted by on November 8, 2018

  • 7
    Shares

Behold the common house plant, the front-yard shrub, the rhododendron around back that’s seen better days since the next-door neighbors put their home on the market. They brighten our lawns, increase our property values, even boost our mental and physical health by reducing carbon dioxide levels.
For Dr. Joel Burken, such plants are far more valuable than as mere window dressing. The Curators’ Distinguished Professor and chair of civil, architectural and environmental engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology is an expert in phytoforensics, the process of using plants to study human exposure to pollutants.

Read More »

FYRE program advances freshman’s STEM passion

Posted by on October 23, 2018

  • 3
    Shares

Kaysi Lee came to Missouri S&T last fall with a passion for science that had been nurtured through the years by her female high school science teachers and by her parents. But when she arrived at S&T, she was surprised at how difficult she initially found her STEM coursework.

Read More »

Improving the performance of recycled materials in roads

Posted by on October 17, 2018

  • 11
    Shares

In the future, our highways and neighborhood streets could be paved with shredded car tires, discarded roof shingles and even old roads ground-up into gravel. The idea of recycling materials is not new in pavement technology, but recycled road performance and cost are often prohibitive.

Read More »

Missouri S&T researchers win multimillion dollar grant to build fast-charging stations for electric cars

Posted by on October 9, 2018

  • 52
    Shares

Researchers from Missouri S&T and three private companies will combine their expertise to create charging stations for electric vehicles that could charge a car in less than 10 minutes – matching the time it takes to fill up a conventional vehicle with gasoline.

Read More »

Missouri S&T researcher to test low-cost method of strengthening concrete with nanoparticles

Posted by on September 25, 2018

  • 85
    Shares

It’s long been proven that adding nanoparticles to concrete improves the materials’ strength and durability, but the cost of such processes has outweighed the benefits. A Missouri S&T researcher is working on a safer, simpler and potentially more affordable method of combining nanoparticles with concrete.

Read More »

Chemistry undergraduate completes summer fellowship with gratitude and a published, peer-reviewed paper

Posted by on August 29, 2018

  • 61
    Shares

Rachel Nixon, a junior in chemistry at Missouri S&T and recipient of the new Carey and Christine Bottom Endowed Scholarship in Undergraduate Chemistry Research, is thankful for the 10-week program she completed this summer. Working in Dr. Risheng Wang’s bionanotechnology lab eight hours a day, Nixon finished her peer-reviewed, published paper for a DNA-origami project already underway, then began a new project.

Read More »

Missouri S&T nuclear engineering student travels the world to research advanced nuclear concepts

Posted by on August 17, 2018

  • 353
    Shares

A Missouri S&T student heads to France next week where he will study nuclear reactor physics, fuels and systems in a country that gets 80 percent of its energy from nuclear power.

Read More »

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

Posted by on August 16, 2018

  • 2
    Shares

“High risk, high reward” is the kind of discovery Dr. Garry Grubbs seeks with a new experiment designed to rapidly identify the atomic structure of chiral molecules widely used in pharmaceutical drugs. The finding could significantly reduce the time and costs involved in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing.

Read More »