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Category: Chemical Engineering

Mizzou NSBE members win honors at national convention

MIzzou NSBE’s Chanel Wheeler The Mizzou chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) once again proved its members are leaders within the engineering student community. Three members won various accolades during the virtual NSBE47: The Holistic Engineer national convention earlier this month. Trenton Foster, a junior in computer engineering, won the NSBE Region 5 Scholarship: Holistic Engineer Scholarship award. “I couldn’t have gotten the award without my peers pushing me to be better,” Foster said. “I owe a…

Behind the scenes of the Electron-Ion Collider, green accelerators that waste no energy, and chiral magnetic effect results debuting this summer — ScienceDaily

When the Electron Ion Collider received the go-ahead in January 2020, it became the only new major accelerator in the works anywhere in the world. “All the stars aligned,” said Elke-Caroline Aschenauer, Brookhaven National Laboratory Staff Scientist and a leader in developing the EIC plans. “We have the technology to build this unique particle accelerator and detector to do the measurements that, together with the underlying theory, can for the first time provide answers to longstanding fundamental questions in nuclear…

Engineering Students Participate in Undergraduate Research Day

Molly Harrison, J.D. Peiffer, Rebecca Shyu and Landon Swartz. Four Mizzou Engineers were among 14 MU students selected to present their work during the UM System’s Undergraduate Research Day. This year’s virtual, week-long celebration gave elected officials an opportunity to hear firsthand about the innovation and transformation taking place  on campus. Molly Harrison, a senior in chemical engineering, showcased her research into developing artificial implants for better bone tissue regeneration. Senor J.D. Peiffer, who is majoring in biomedical engineering, outlined…

Hunt selected as 2021 Kemper Fellow

Associate Prof. Heather K. Hunt in the Department of Biomedical, Biological and Chemical Engineering Heather K. Hunt, associate professor in Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering (BBCE) and faculty fellow for strategic initiatives for the UM System Office of eLearning, received a 2021 William T. Kemper Fellow award on Wednesday, April 7. She is one of just five Mizzou faculty members to be selected for this award given annually for teaching excellence. “This is such a huge honor. I really appreciate…

UMD-led study warns cascading effects of salts require coordinated management and regulation to avoid contaminating natural resources — ScienceDaily

When winter storms threaten to make travel dangerous, people often turn to salt, spreading it liberally over highways, streets and sidewalks to melt snow and ice. Road salt is an important tool for safety, because many thousands of people die or are injured every year due to weather related accidents. But a new study led by Sujay Kaushal of the University of Maryland warns that introducing salt into the environment — whether it’s for de-icing roads, fertilizing farmland or other…

Shift in diet allowed gray wolves to survive ice-age mass extinction — ScienceDaily

Gray wolves are among the largest predators to have survived the extinction at the end of the last ice age around11,700 years ago. Today, they can be found roaming Yukon’s boreal forest and tundra, with caribou and moose as their main sources of food. A new study led by the Canadian Museum of Nature shows that wolves may have survived by adapting their diet over thousands of years — from a primary reliance on horses during the Pleistocene, to caribou…

Paleopharmaceuticals from Baltic amber might fight drug-resistant infections — ScienceDaily

For centuries, people in Baltic nations have used ancient amber for medicinal purposes. Even today, infants are given amber necklaces that they chew to relieve teething pain, and people put pulverized amber in elixirs and ointments for its purported anti-inflammatory and anti-infective properties. Now, scientists have pinpointed compounds that help explain Baltic amber’s therapeutic effects and that could lead to new medicines to combat antibiotic-resistant infections. The researchers will present their results today at the spring meeting of the American…

COVID-19 mask study finds layering, material choice matter — ScienceDaily

Wearing a face mask can protect yourself and others from Covid-19, but the type of material and how many fabric layers used can significantly affect exposure risk, finds a study from the Georgia Institute of Technology. The study measured the filtration efficiency of submicron particles passing through a variety of different materials. For comparison, a human hair is about 50 microns in diameter while 1 millimeter is 1,000 microns in size. “A submicron particle can stay in the air for…

Grant from the Army Research Office Enable New Generation of Multispectral Infrared Imagers

This graphic shows four different metasurface integrated microbolometers with different response. A Mizzou Engineer and collaborator at the University of Notre Dame have received a grant from the Army Research Office to enable a new generation of multispectral infrared (IR) imagers. Mahmoud Almasri, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science (EECS), is working with Edward Kinzel, an associate professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering at UND and an adjunct faculty member of EECS at Mizzou. Many animals (including…

Prototypes tested in India show promise as a low-cost, natural filtration option — ScienceDaily

The interiors of nonflowering trees such as pine and ginkgo contain sapwood lined with straw-like conduits known as xylem, which draw water up through a tree’s trunk and branches. Xylem conduits are interconnected via thin membranes that act as natural sieves, filtering out bubbles from water and sap. MIT engineers have been investigating sapwood’s natural filtering ability, and have previously fabricated simple filters from peeled cross-sections of sapwood branches, demonstrating that the low-tech design effectively filters bacteria. Now, the same…