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.

[Read more…]

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.

[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.

[Read more…]

Missouri S&T researcher to present at Higher Learning Commission conference

Klaus WoelkDr. Klaus Woelk, associate professor of chemistry at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been selected to share his blended laboratory teaching techniques at the Higher Learning Commission Annual Conference.

[Read more…]

New way to store solar energy could lead to more common solar cell usage

A working cell from Switzer's research, with gas evolution. Photo by Sam O'Keefe, Missouri S&T.

A working cell from Switzer’s research, with gas evolution. Photo by Sam O’Keefe, Missouri S&T.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a relatively inexpensive and simple way to split water into hydrogen and oxygen through a new electrodeposition method. The method produces highly efficient solar cells that can gather solar energy for use as fuel.

[Read more…]

Missouri S&T to renovate Schrenk Hall

Schrenk HallMissouri University of Science and Technology plans to renovate a portion of Schrenk Hall, the building that houses Missouri S&T’s biological sciences and chemistry departments, in part through state capital improvement funding. [Read more…]

Switzer named Materials Research Society Fellow

Dr. Jay A. Switzer

Dr. Jay A. Switzer

Dr. Jay A. Switzer, the Donald L. Castleman/Foundation for Chemical Research Professor of Discovery at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named a Fellow of the Materials Research Society, a leading organization dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research. [Read more…]

Harvest Collier to receive Chancellor Medal from S&T

Harvest Collier

Harvest Collier

Dr. Harvest Collier, professor emeritus of chemistry and former vice provost of undergraduate studies at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will receive the Chancellor Medal from Missouri S&T during commencement ceremonies at Missouri S&T Dec. 19 and 20. Collier will also serve as commencement speaker. [Read more…]

Ma named associate dean

Yinfa MaDr. Yinfa Ma, Curators’ Teaching Professor of chemistry at Missouri University of Science and Technology, will become associate dean for research and external relations in Missouri S&T’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Business (CASB) effective Jan. 1, 2015. [Read more…]