Missouri S&T researcher works to clean up nuclear waste

Dr. Richard Brow, Curators’ Professor of ceramic engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, is working to find a way to make certain nuclear wastes easier to consolidate in borosilicate glass, reducing the waste’s environmental footprint and lowering costs for storage.

The work is funded by an Office of Nuclear Energy grant for $210,747 per year for up to three years.

Stored in steel drums and buried in mountainsides, nuclear waste can remain radioactive for tens or hundreds of thousands of years. Reducing the space needed to store the waste, Brow says, saves time and money and will reduce the overall environmental impact. [Read more…]

Simpler process to grow germanium nanowires could improve lithium-ion batteries

Scanning electron micrograph image of germanium nanowires electrodeposited onto an indium-tin oxide electrode from an aqueous solution.

Scanning electron micrograph image of germanium nanowires electrodeposited onto an indium-tin oxide electrode from an aqueous solution.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed what they call “a simple, one-step method” to grow nanowires of germanium from an aqueous solution. Their process could make it more feasible to use germanium in lithium-ion batteries. [Read more…]

O’Keefe named director of UMR MRC

Dr. Matthew J. O’Keefe, professor of metallurgical engineering in the materials science and engineering department at the University of Missouri-Rolla, has been named director of the UMR Graduate Center for Materials Research. His appointment takes effect Sept. 1.

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