Steel research

The iron and steel industry is a dynamic part of the U.S. economy and accounts for more than $520 billion in economic output. Faculty and students at Missouri S&T are performing cutting edge research to develop and improve the performance and manufacturability of advanced high strength steels. These steels are engineered at the atomic level utilizing advanced thermodynamic modeling techniques. Our pilot-scale processing facilities at Missouri S&T allows researchers to melt, cast, process, and fully characterize new grades of advanced steel alloys that are both lightweight and have increased strength and formability. Our Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center is a unique consortium of steel companies, foundries, suppliers and university researchers working together to address fundamental steel casting/manufacturing issues such as steelmaking, casting, product development, and environmental and safety issues. The center boasts extensive facilities, labs and equipment, and a faculty of highly experienced metallurgical engineers that focus on student-centered projects to educate the next generation workforce

Meet the experts

Laura Bartlett

Robert V. Wolf Associate Professor in Metallurgical Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

The understanding of melt processing and solidification phenomena on structure-property relationships in ferrous and non-ferrous casting alloys; Thermodynamics and kinetics of high temperature reactions in the melt; Solid state reactions during heat treatment; Physical and mechanical metallurgy of irons and steels

K. Chandrashekhara

Curators' Distinguished Professor
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Composite materials, smart structures, nanocomposites, biocomposites, structural dynamics, finite element analysis, damage monitoring, composite manufacturing and experimental characterization

Jie Huang

Assistant Professor
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Research Interests

Fiber optic sensors, novel photonic/microwave micro/nano materials, structures, devices and sensors, ultrafast laser machining, processing and characterization of micro/nano structures, materials and devices, sensors and Instrumentation for applications in harsh environments, microwave-photonic sensing, imaging and spectroscopy

Simon Lekakh

Research Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Computational and experimental physical metallurgy;Solidification of metallic alloys; Melting processes;Industrial metal casting technologies;Wastes recycling

Michael Moats

Associate Professor of Metallurgical Engineering & Associate Chair for Graduate Programs
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Hydrometallurgy and Electrometallurgy, Trace Element Recovery from Leachate, Base Metal Electrowinning

Ronald O'Malley

Iverson Chair Professor and Director
Kent D. Peaslee Steel Manufacturing Research Center

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

Jeff Smith

Professor of Ceramic Engineering
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Thermochemistry and high temperature phase equilibria of condensed and non-condensed ceramic systems; Chemical, mineralogical and microstructural analysis of refractory materials, in particular magnesia-graphite, alumina-silicon carbide-graphite, cordierite and mullite

Haiming Wen

Assistant Professor
Materials Science and Engineering

Research Interests

Development and fabrication of advanced materials such as bulk nanostructured alloys, high entropy alloys and bulk metallic glasses; Microstructure characterization of materials using transmission electron microscopy and atom probe tomography; Mechanical behavior and deformation mechanisms of materials; Nuclear fuels and structural materials designed for current and next generation nuclear reactors