FY17 Approved Proposals

The aim of this project is to fabricate effective and robust adsorbent monoliths for use in gas separation processes by using 3D printing technique. With numerous advantages offered by 3D printing, we believe this technique could be utilized to fabricate novel monolithic adsorbents with controllable channel size, wall thickness and cross-sectional shapes. Most importantly, the mechanical strength of the 3D-printed adsorbents is expected to be higher than that of conventional beads or pellets. We recently fabricated zeolite monoliths and tested their adsorptive performance for removing carbon dioxide from indoor environments. The positive feedback that we received from the reviewers was very encouraging confirming the innovative approach taken for addressing the scalability issue of adsorbents. This work could provide the foundation for 3D printing of other efficient solid adsorbents like MOFs, graphene, etc.

This proposal will integrate facilities and create protocols for in vivo mice studies of radioactive nanomaterials for cancer treatment at Missouri S&T. We will also demonstrate the integration. The facilities to be integrated are a newly created mouse colony (Biology Department), radioactive nanoparticle production (Missouri S&T Nuclear Research Reactor, MSTR), and detection and visualization of radiochemicals in mice (Nuclear Engineering). The new integrated facilities will provide the capability to test radionuclides (and combination radionuclides) made in-house for cancer treatment. The new facility provides us with a strategic advantage that we will use to submit proposals for exploratory new treatments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in collaboration with Washington University. The treatments may include radioactive multicomponent nanoparticles (acute and chronic exposure), capture therapy with boron nanoparticles, and biological pathways of functionalized nanostructures.

Robotics are becoming more and more prevalent in today's world. In order for Institutions to keep up and contribute to this vast field of robotics it is crucial that robotics as a field becomes more accessible to the average person. Most robotic systems require more than one degree of freedom, often the ones implementing these systems fail to implement or develop a cost effective solution to the system they are trying create. Currently, there is no such device as a “two axis servo”. The DIVO (Differential Servo) joint is a simple two axis servo that radically reduces the complexity required to make any type of robotic system. DIVO simply makes it easy to create complex mechanical motion systems (Robotic arms, robotic snakes, multi jointed systems, general robotics applications).   

The charity arcade system is based off the one utilized at Stockholm Arlanda Airport and Göteborg Landvetter Airport. Like its predecessors the system will hosts a number of games that individuals can pick from and spend their pocket change on. The money can then be donated to a charity of anyone's of a committee's choosing and allows for both funds and awareness support to charities. However, this design is superior to both its predecessors because it will be of the cocktail variety and allows for more than 1 person (4 in my designs) to play therefore allowing more money to be donated. Truly this idea's best ability is to capture the culture of our community while strengthening the ties with our communities by allowing students to enjoy/relax by playing video games and aiding the community all at once.

We would like to fund the construction of two motors for the 2017 Missouri S&T Solar Car. Specifically, we need funds to purchase magnets, stator winding, and bearings. Instead of simply purchasing electric motors, as most teams do, we are designing and manufacturing motors custom tailored to the specific needs of our car in preparation for the upcoming 2017 World Solar Challenge in Australia. A purchased motor typically costs around $12000, but by manufacturing our own we can cut costs in half. The largest revision to the motor will be the magnet arrangement, which will allow the motors to be thinner as well as capable of producing more torque.

We plan to design, fabricate, statically test, and launch a small scale, cost effective liquid propellant rocket. Once we have accomplished this, we intend to scale up the size, make any necessary design alterations, and launch a larger vehicle. While liquid rockets have certainly been utilized throughout history, this would be a first for Missouri University of Science and Technology. In fact, there are currently only five universities nationwide that have design teams working with liquid propellant rockets; this project would make Missouri S&T’s undergraduate aerospace engineering program a member of an elite group. Furthermore, our research is in an area that isn’t commonly pursued due to the size of the initial rocket; there are aspects of liquid rocket design that are complicated by smaller dimensions. We will be forced to come up with uniquely creative solutions to some of the difficulties encountered in all stages of the rockets’ development.

My project would be finding a new drug substitute for methamphetamine to help those recovering from drug addictions in both adults and new born infants. I work with the PCRMC hospital in the nursery with babies who are born with drug dependences. For babies born with opiate addictions morphine is the appropriate substitute, however with methamphetamine there is no good substitute, and the closest one can be just as addictive. Since this is a widely growing epidemic, the hospitals are using morphine just to mask the pain of the withdrawal symptoms. These babies need less harmful treatment plans to help solve their dependencies. Methamphetamine has a basic structure that resembles naturally occurring amino acids. My goal is to find a synthesis of naturally occurring amino acids to give a healthier option for babies and even for adults and mothers suffering from addiction. If we can help the mothers find a medicine that won't affect the unborn child, babies can avoid dependencies.