Science & Tech

Missouri S&T researchers work to extract pollutants from water

Posted by on August 30, 2021

t is an uphill battle to extract pollutants such as heavy metals, hydrocarbons, and radioactive metals from industrial waste and water run-off. Researchers typically focus on cleaning and purifying wastewater to prevent those pollutants from entering the environment and damaging ecosystems. But a team of researchers from Missouri S&T have devised a way to not only clean up heavy metals from the wastewater, but also facilitate recycling the chemicals used and reusing the metals that are extracted.

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S&T chemist earns patent for flexible electronics work

Posted by on August 10, 2021

A Missouri S&T chemistry researcher has patented a new method of creating metal foils with ordered crystal structure. Using silicon as a template to shape and form thin, high-performance metal films allows them to remain flexible and maintain the order of the silicon substrate.

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Missouri S&T Ph.D. student receives NASA graduate research award

Posted by on August 9, 2021

When NASA sends humans to the moon for the first time in nearly 50 years as part of its Artemis Exploration Program, research conducted by Missouri S&T Ph.D. student David Lund will help crew members understand the ways plasma and lunar surface dust interact.

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Missouri S&T researchers patent implants made with bioactive glasses and metals

Posted by on August 2, 2021

Medical devices made of bioactive glasses and metals that dissolve at the end of their operational lifespan could replace other types of implants and eliminate the need for invasive removal once they have served their purpose, say researchers at Missouri S&T. The researchers recently received a patent for the device.

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Missouri S&T offers summer research for students from HBCUs

Posted by on July 30, 2021

Eight students from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) participated in a summer program at Missouri S&T that is designed to encourage engineering students from underrepresented groups to pursue graduate studies. This year, students in Missouri S&T’s Summer Engineering Research Academy (SERA) visited Rolla from Oakwood University in Huntsville, Alabama, Tennessee State University in Nashville and Morgan State University in Baltimore.

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Missouri S&T researcher wins NSF CAREER Award for 2D metals research

Posted by on July 21, 2021

As electronic devices get smaller and faster, computer chips must get thinner to save space and improve performance. Dr. Chenglin Wu, an assistant professor of structural engineering at Missouri S&T, has won a $500,000 CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for his work in two-dimensional metals – metals that are three atoms thick – for use in computer chips, sensors and coatings.

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Missouri S&T developing first user-friendly software platform to update dynamic networks

Posted by on July 12, 2021

Researchers at Missouri S&T are developing a new approach for updating dynamic networks – like those used to track viruses, connect people on social media and coordinate transportation systems – that they say is the first scalable, expandable and user-friendly solution to analyze who is using the network, where they are, and what information and […]

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S&T chemist works to recycle fossil fuel emissions

Posted by on June 23, 2021

A researcher at Missouri University of Science and Technology is working to reduce greenhouse gases by designing a catalyst to convert the environmental pollutant carbon dioxide into new fuels and chemicals while using as few new resources as possible.

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Missouri S&T Ph.D. candidate wins $70,000 Laegeler Fellowship for renewable energy research

Posted by on June 17, 2021

Research involving drones mounted with thermal and hyperspectral cameras to inspect solar panels for damage has won a $70,000 fellowship for Xinzhe Yuan, who will complete his Ph.D. at Missouri University of Science and Technology later this year. The Laegeler Sustainable Energy Fellowship – from Concept to Reality, created by two Missouri S&T graduates, will provide a stipend and benefits for Yuan to conduct postdoctoral research at S&T.

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CAREER Award funds research on earthquake history

Posted by on May 11, 2021

A researcher at Missouri S&T has won the National Science Foundation’s Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award for his research into the history of earthquakes along the North American-Caribbean tectonic plate boundary, which runs through the Caribbean Sea from Haiti to the Guatemala-Mexico border. The research will provide new insights for elementary and middle school students and will help scientists better understand how and when earthquakes occur in the region.

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