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By this time next year, researchers at Missouri S&T who study the properties of various types of materials will have a highly sophisticated scanning tool available to help them, thanks to a grant of nearly $1 million from the National Science Foundation.
The $918,397 NSF grant will help fund the purchase of a high-resolution, 4-D X-ray computed tomography (XCT) system. This Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) award will allow researchers at Missouri S&T and partner institutions to conduct a broad range of fundamental materials research.
“With this instrument on campus, Missouri S&T will potentially become the leader of science and technology research in the region especially for Missouri,” says Dr. Monday Okoronkwo, principal investigator (PI) on the grant and assistant professor of chemical and biochemical engineering. “We’re hoping S&T’s new capabilities will make our researchers more competitive and strengthen our education. We cannot exhaust the potential applications.”