Sustainable Infrastructure Materials

Missouri S&T’s Materials Science and Engineering department is dedicated to sustainable infrastructure materials research, including the development of energy materials for high-performance batteries, fuel cells, hydrogen production, superconductors, and energy storage systems. The research aims to create innovative, eco-friendly materials with enhanced durability, recyclability, and energy efficiency for use in transportation, buildings, and urban systems. The interdisciplinary approach combines material science with engineering applications to address pressing global challenges such as climate change, resource depletion, and aging infrastructure. Additionally, Missouri S&T is leading efforts to sustainably supply critical minerals, including gallium, cobalt, and tellurium, that are essential for modern technology but are relatively rare and challenging to obtain. The university is working with domestic metal producers to develop new recovery technologies to capture these elements from existing operations.

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Interested in discussing the research we are working on or learning more? Please contact:

Fatih Dogan


Research Interests

Multifunctional Materials and Composites, Nanoscale Science and Engineering of Ceramics, Solidification and Crystal Growth; Energy Materials: High Energy Density Capacitors, Nanostructured Dielectrics, High Temperature Superconductors, Fuel Cells and Biomaterials.

Aditya Kumar

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Composition-structure-property relationships in silicate materials; experimental characterization and numerical simulation of reaction processes (thermodynamics and kinetics) and evolution of microstructure; development of sustainable binders for construction infrastructure; simulation of fluid/ion transport in porous media.

Michael Moats

Professor and Chair

Research Interests

Aqueous process and electrochemistry of metals especially hydro- and electrometallurgy for the primary production of non-ferrous metals.  Specific areas include crushed ore agglomeration for heap leaching, non-cyanide leaching of gold, solvent extraction, electrowinning and/or refining of base and precious metals and coated titanium anodes.

Ronald O'Malley

F. Kenneth Iverson Chair Professor

Research Interests

Steelmaking, continuous casting, solidification & heat transfer. High-temperature physical chemistry, thermodynamics & kinetics. Interfacial phenomena, gas-liquid & gas-solid reactions. Thin slab & strip casting, mold fluxes & slags. Steel manufacture, quality defects & causes.