Our research

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is to be understood.”

- Marie Curie

Signature areas

Research is at the forefront of an S&T education. Regardless of your major, you can expect to do interesting work in one of our university¿s four Signature Research Areas - Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure, Enabling Materials for Extreme Environments, and Smart Living.

Real impact

Fuel for the Future

Dr. Melanie Mormile, professor of biological sciences, has discovered a bacterium that can produce hydrogen under extreme conditions - a discovery that could lessen our world’s dependence on petroleum. Not to be outdone, Dr. Joel Burken, professor of environmental engineering, and his colleagues in the Environmental Research Center for Emerging Contaminants, have developed a process to detect the presence of soil and groundwater contamination using trees. The process, called “phytoforensics,” takes less time and costs much less than traditional detection methods.


Curing neurological diseases

Matt Thimgan, assistant professor of biological sciences, and his colleagues in the Center for Statistical and Computational Modeling of Biological Complexity, are using fruit flies to help unlock some of the secrets surrounding sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.

Repairing our nation’s aging infrastructure

Kamal H. Khayat, the Vernon and Maralee Jones Professor of Civil Engineering, and his colleagues in the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies, are working to make high-performance environmentally friendly construction materials.


Learning lessons from our past

Diana Ahmad, Curators’ Teaching Professor of history and political science, specializes in the history of the American West. Her latest research investigates the role domestic animals played in the westward expansion. Another historian, John C. McManus, examines the lessons of war on national policy in harrowing accounts of G.I.s from the American Revolution to Desert Storm. His most recent book examines the role American soldiers played in liberating Nazi concentration camps during World War II.


Research centers

Our research centers combine multiple academic disciplines to focus on research in one of our four Signature Research Areas.

Multiple Centers

Our research centers are interdisciplinary, which means you might be doing research alongside a biology student next to a environmental engineering student, next to a psychology student, working with an engineering management student, getting guidance from a geology professor and a civil engineering graduate assistant. Seriously, our research centers run the gamut from rock mechanics and explosives to environmental science and technology, and are run by some of the best experts in their fields. And, of course, the centers support our four signature research areas, as outlined in our strategic plan - Advanced Manufacturing, Advanced Materials for Sustainable Infrastructure, Enabling Materials for Extreme Environments, and Smart Living.

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High-Tech Equipment

Our research centers feature state-of-the-art equipment and technology in leading-edge labs. Test concrete in the High Bay Structures Lab, investigate airplane Particulate Matter emissions using the Cloud and Aerosol Sciences Laboratory’s mobile diagnostic facility, research Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) using the Missouri S&T Nuclear Reactor, the first on-campus reactor in the state, create glass microspheres for the treatment of liver cancer using the Materials Research Center’s firing kilns, or blow something up in our Experimental Mine - for science!

Research magazine

Research Magazine Fall 2018

Highlighting our groundbreaking discoveries

Last released: Fall 2017

Published by the Office of Sponsored Programs, re:search highlights some of the groundbreaking discoveries and advances of Missouri S&T’s research programs through detailed features and narratives.

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