The MU Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute provides an organizational structure to coordinate and facilitate interdisciplinary research and educational programs among a diverse group of nuclear science and engineering investigators, aid the development of strong and innovative educational and research opportunities, serve as a local, regional and national resource for academic, governmental and corporate entities, and integrate the facilities, teaching and research strengths of MU academic departments with those of partner organizations. The Nuclear Engineering Faculty are primarily involved in the following areas:
- Nuclear Power Engineering
- Health Physics
- Medical Physics
- Very High Temperature Reactor
- Sensors for Radiation, Chemical, and Biological agents
- Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
- Nuclear Waste Remediation
- Rarified Gas Dynamics
- Aerosol Mechanics
- Wide Band-Gap Materials Research
The Nuclear Science Faculty are primarily involved in:
- Radiochemistry (Environmental, Industrial, Isotope Production and Medical Applications)
- Neutron Scattering and Materials Sciences
- Radiotracer Analyses
Our collaborative initiatives include partners at the North Carolina State University, Washington University, Missouri University for Science and Technology and the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), the Advanced Technology Center (ATC; Mexico, Missouri) and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR). Major industrial and governmental collaborators include AmerenUE's Callaway Nuclear Power Plant, Argonne National Laboratory, Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory. These partnerships help student and faculty contribute to innovations in nuclear engineering educational and research activities and give students professional development internship opportunities at partner sites.
The Institute has excellent facilities and research equipment to carry out research at the cutting edge. The aerosol mechanics laboratories have the requisite resources for research in all areas involving the growth, transport, and fate of aerosol pollutants. These laboratories have droplet and mist generators and sizers; deposition chambers; several electrodynamic balances for studies of single particle reaction rates and transport properties; and particle collection, sampling and characterization equipment (e.g., x-ray diffraction, neutron activation analysis, and electron microscopy) for determining chemical compositions. Also available are the PSRC aerosol reactors that are capable of producing spherical and non-spherical sub-micron aerosol particles from a wide selection of materials. These aerosols can be used for many experiments.
The Mass Transfer Laboratory is fully equipped to study the adsorption and absorption processes at very high temperatures relevant to VHTR research.
The Wide Band Gap Electronics Group of the University which has equipment such as an EG&G PAR model 1460 OMA Console and 1420-HQ512-IR intensified detector array, two 2.45 GHz-2.5 kW microwave power supplies, a 10.5 GHz-10 kW microwave power supply, 4 Hot filament CVD reactors, 1 microwave assisted CVD reactor, 1 ECR CVD reactor, 4 FEDOA reactors, a RF CVD reactor, and associated wide band-gap materials research equipment. In addition, we have Raman Spectrometry, x-ray diffraction, SEM, cathode luminescence, spectrophotometer, FTIR, I-V characterization, hot probe, C-V characterization, etc.
The Institute faculty have access to other resources on the campus, including the University of Missouri Research Reactor and the Electron Microscopy Laboratories.