Water may seem basic as a molecule made up of just three atoms, but the process of splitting it is quite difficult. But Lin’s lab has done so. Even moving one electron from a stable atom can be energy-intensive, but this reaction requires the transfer of four to oxidize oxygen to produce oxygen gas.
To facilitate student interest and education in human-centric construction, the Myers-Lawson School of Construction collaborates with Community Housing Partners, a local organization that welcomes and provides classes for Virginia Tech students to learn about sustainable and affordable housing.
The deep-well exploration project aims to characterize and explore deep natural gas resources in Central Appalachia that have the potential to positively impact communities and economies hit hard by downturn in coal.
Patrick Huber, a professor in the Virginia Tech Department of Physics, has co-authored an article that describes the potential uses and limitations of antineutrino detectors for nuclear security applications related to reactor, spent fuel, and explosion monitoring.
Cheng Chen, an assistant professor of mining and minerals engineering in the Virginia Tech College of Engineering, is working on new ways to reduce the impacts of global climate change through carbon sequestration, the capacity to store carbon dioxide in underground geologic formations.
Under Liu’s leadership, the Power and Energy Center’s researchers are creating advanced technologies for their envisioned power grid of the future, the Cyber Grid, and training the next generation of power engineers in a time of unprecedented transformation for the industry.
Virginia Tech researchers are leading a team in a three-year, $900,000 project to improve the efficiency of dust scrubbers in underground mining operations, one aspect of many that impacts effective mining operation that industry constantly seeks to improve.
The study, in collaboration with Auburn University, West Virginia University, and the University of Maine, will examine the collection of branches, tops, and other residue materials to determine how to make them an economically viable resource.
Researchers from Virginia Tech are seeking the best way to shed moisture from condensers to increase the efficiency of a variety of items including power plants or anything that requires heat exchange.
Barnes will use a National Science Foundation CAREER grant to create mathematical models that will help scientists better understand how electrical currents flow in special compounds that possess a property known as topology.
Zheng, assistant professor of mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering, has received the award to study rational design and additive manufacturing of 3D piezoelectrics with arbitrary anisotropy for maritime self-sensing structures.
Chemistry professor Feng Lin is working on developing better-performing and safer batteries. Lin’s work covers the gamut of chemistry and materials science battery research, looking at micro-scale and basic science aspects, as well as macro-scale and applied science.