Research Laboratories

Many of the chemical engineering's research is done in interdisciplinary research centers.

In the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory one finds: two UV-Visible spectrophotometers, two refrigerated ultracentrifuges, two eppendorf centrifuges, two rotary incubator shakers, two chromatographic chambers, one bead mill, two ultrafiltration units, one Crossfiltration unit, one 20 liter fermentor, one multiple-angle laser light scattering instrument (Wyatt Instruments), one dynamic light scattering Instrument (Brookhaven Instruments), two HPLC systems, one low-pressure chromatography system, several UV detectors, peristaltic pumps, and fraction collectors that can be used to prepare at least four low-pressure chromatography systems, one gel electrofucus instrument, a nanopure water purification system.

In the Gas Adsorption and Surface Characterization Laboratory one finds:one Quantachrome Autosorb-1-C high performance surface area and pore size analyzer that allows adsorption data acquisition at relative pressures below 1×10-5 Torr up to 780 Torr for complete adsorption isotherms using the static volumetric technique. The laboratory also contains a differential sorption bed system that was developed at UMR that measures quickly and with reasonable accuracy adsorption and desorption rate and equilibrium data for pure and multicomponent mixtures. The laboratory also has a Quantachrome Monosorb instrument which can be used to determine surface areas of porous and powdered materials using the dynamic flow technique.

Other Research Equipment include: a Sonics and Materials 1500 watt ultrasonic generator with a variety of transducer elements and probe tips, including some continuous flow cells. A four-channel gas mixing system consisting of FKM mass flow controllers and associated pressure regulation equipment is available for blending the feed gas. A National Instruments data acquisition system and LABView software operate the system. A Welsbach T-460 and an EDS Model 310 (3 pound/day) ozone generators are available for the work with ozone. A HP 54610 oscilloscope, a HP 33120 signal generator, a Bronsen hydrophone and a AP 400B RF power amplifier is available for precise measurements of the generated sound field. A HP1090M liquid chromatograph, a HP5890 with mass selective detector and a HP8452A diode-array spectrophotometer are available for analysis of the gas and liquid phases present in the system.

Chemical Engineering Faculty participate in interdisciplinary research activities and their students have access to the laboratory facilities of the interdisciplinary research centers on the Missouri S&T campus. These facilities include an intelligent control laboratory, an agile manufacturing laboratory, several analytical instruments such as Near/Mid Infrared spectrometers and a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance analyzers.