​​Recent ​​​​​​Funded Research Awards & Other News

February 2017

Marcus Foston, American Chemical Society Herman Frasch Fund, $250,000, Design catalyst for wasted plant material

Tae Seok Moon awarded the 2017 ONR Young Investigator Award: This award was made to scientists whose research holds strong promise across several naval-relevant science and technology areas. Professor Moon was selected from 360 highly qualified applicants, and his project is titled: Engineering Probiotics to Manipulate Neurotransmitters.

January 2017

Heinson gets $172,000 NSF postdoctoral fellowship: William Heinson, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, has received a two-year, $172,000 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. Heinson, who works in the lab of Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, is studying how aerosol size, shape and composition impacts the interaction of aerosols with radiation. He will focus on black carbon, which is emitted from forest fires and vehicle exhaust. His goal is to estimate the sensitivity of radiative properties to how aerosols are formed and composed, which will help to improve climate model simulations.

December 2016

Engineering alumnus Joseph H. Senne Jr. has died. Joseph H. Senne Jr., who earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis in 1948, died Dec. 20, 2016.

Senne, a World War II veteran, was professor emeritus and former chair of civil engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He began there as an instructor in civil engineering from 1948-1951, earning a master’s degree in civil engineering at the same time, then was an assistant professor of civil engineering from 1951-1954. After earning a doctorate in civil engineering from Iowa State University, he returned to Missouri S&T as professor of civil engineering in 1963. He was named chair of the civil engineering department in 1965 and served in that role for two decades. Senne also was an astronomer who made the calculations for the Missouri S&T Stonehenge replica that was unveiled in 1984. In addition, he predicted the time of satellite crossings over Missouri, including Skylab, and made them available to news media. He was a Fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the American Society for Engineering Education and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers, and was the chair of the ASCE Advanced Technology Committee and the ASCE Space Shuttle Task Committee.

A memorial service for Senne will be held at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 11, in San Diego, Calif. Memorial contributions may be made to the Joseph Senne Academy of CE Faculty Achievement Award or by contacting Joel Burken at burken@mst.edu.

• On December 17, 2016, alumnus and former faculty member, Muthanna Al-Dahhan was recognized as the University Of Missouri Curators' Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering and of Nuclear Engineering at Missouri S&T. This is the highest rank in the University of Missouri System. Full details here.

November 2016

• The following paper was featured on the cover of Advanced Materials: AAQRL Collaborative research by Ramesh Raliya and Pratim Biswas with Srikanth Singamaneni and his group on the synthesis of novel bilayered hybrid biofoam of graphene oxide and bacterial nanocellulose for highly efficient solar steam generation; Advanced Materials, Vol. 28, Issue 42. Details: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/adma.201670294/full

October 2016

• A group of students attended the Mid-America Environmental Engineering Conference at SIU Edwardsville on October 22, 2016. Yeunook Bae, Haesung Jung, and Qingqing Zeng all presented. Yeunook Bae won Best Presentation award.

Pratim Biswas, US DOE, $1,498,323, Catalytic Removal of Oxygen and Pollutants in Exhaust Gases from Pressurized Oxy-Combustors

Richard Axelbaum, US DOE, $1,167,332, Enabling Staged Pressurized Oxy-Combustion: Improving Flexibility and Performance at Reduced Cost

September 2016

Vijay Ramani, US DOE, $200,000, Economical Production of Hydrogen through Development of Novel, High Efficiency Electrocatalysts for Alkaline Membrane Electrolysis

Young-Shin Jun, acknowledged for her research leading to more that $1,000,000 in NSF awards.

• A group of faculty and students are headed to the McDonnell International Scholars Academy 6th International Symposium to be held in Brisbane, Australia, September 22 - 25, 2016. The EECE faculty include Pratim Biswas, Richard Axelbaum, Daniel Giammar and Young-Shin Jun. In addition, about 10 PhD students will join the faculty. At the symposium, discussions with 31 partner Universities will be undertaken to identify progress and new projects in various areas of energy and environment. A highlight will also be launched of the MAGEEP Educational Network.

Pratim Biswas, assistant vice chancellor, chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, and the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor, will receive the Harry J. White Award from the International Society for Electrostatic Precipitation at the organization’s conference in Wroclaw, Poland, Sept. 20-23. The award is given to “a scientist or engineer who has made notable contribution as a researcher or teacher in the field of electrostatic precipitation technology,” according to the ISESP.

Young-Shin Jun, NSF, $402,900, SusChEM: Photochemically-Induced Nucleation and Growth of Manganese Oxides at Environmental Interfaces

Young-Shin Jun, NSF, $300,000, Collaborative Research: Nucleation of Calcium Phosphate Biomaterials

Vijay Ramani, US DOE ARPA E, $2,000,000, Reinforced AME Separators based on Triblock Copolymers for Electrode-Decoupled RFBs

August 2016

• The department welcomed 19 new PhD and 15 new Master's students in fall 2016. Welcome and we look forward to you having a successful stint at Washington University in St. Louis.

Marcus Foston, NSF, $224,970, Collaborative Research: SusChEM: Designing Catalytic Interfaces to Promote Selective Lignin Depolymerization

Young-Shin Jun, NSF, $169,990, SusChEM: Photothermally-Enabled Multifunctional Membranes for Improved Foulant Resistance during Reverse Osmosis

Vijay Ramani, Office of Naval Research, $468,087, Development of mechanically and chemically stable anion exchange membranes for direct borohydride fuel cells for applications in UUVs and other electrochemical technologies relevant to U.S. Navy

Yinjie Tang, NSF, $245,474, Collaborative Research: Productivity Prediction of Microbial Cell Factories using Machine Learning and Knowledge Engineering

July 2016

Daniel Giammar, NSF, $91,708, Collaborative Research: Rates and mechanisms of lead phosphate formation, aggregation and deposition for more efficient corrosion control

Daniel Giammar, Water Research Foundation, $75, 000, Process Controlling the Time for Orthophosphate to Achieve Effective Corrosion Control

Fuzhong Zhang, Office of Naval Research, $348,600, Requisition of a Cypher ES Atomic Force Microscope