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WVU awarded $5 million to continue rare earth project, build acid mine drainage treatment facility

The funding received the full support of West Virginia’s five congressional delegates and will help continue ongoing research of the project, which began with a pilot plant in 2018. 

Rare earth elements are used to power everything from smartphones to the nation’s missile guidance system, and they come from an unlikely Appalachian source – acid mine drainage sludge. 

WVU engineer aims to improve profitability and flexibility of coal-fired power plants using AI

Due to frequent and rapid loading, power plants are subjected to excessive creep and fatigue damages, which often lead to the failure of critical boiler components, Bhattacharyya said. This causes power plants to operate inefficiently. 

Here’s how power plants work: Coal or natural gas is combusted inside to produce high-pressure steam that is then used in a steam turbine to generate electricity. A boiler incorporates a furnace to burn fuel and generate heat, which is transferred to water to make steam. 

WVU chemist is a molecular architect

Wang is constructing a synthetic pathway to creating new molecular templates for growing carbon nanotubes, honeycomb-shaped tubes that are the foundation for applications in nanotechnology and for conducting electricity.

“Some researchers have predicted that carbon nanotubes will have a thousand times better conductivity than copper. The material is very lightweight, which makes it more efficient and easier to use,” said Wang, the Eberly Family Distinguished Professor of Chemistry who has worked at WVU for 38 years. 

Up, up and away: WVU receives record $181 million-plus in research funding

“Our record-breaking numbers reflect the commitment of our faculty, staff and partners to continue elevating the research profile of West Virginia University,” Vice President for Research Fred Kingsaid today in announcing the latest numbers.

“The ability of the University community to attract such a volume of research dollars is one definitive reason why government and industry view us as a leader. It is a virtuous cycle in which such recognition, in turn, generates more investment in the University.”

The positive implications of…climate change? WVU researcher sees agricultural, food availability and economic possibilities

Jason Hubbart, director of Institute of Water Security and Science at West Virginia University, takes a more centered approach.

He’s studied the undisputable changing patterns in West Virginia’s climate. And, believe it or not, there is at least one silver lining stemming from changing climate, he insists: The growing season is getting longer. 

Hand in glove: WVU researchers test safety measures for coal industry

Their research involved testing with hand models that included wooden dowels, 3D printed bones and, eventually, cadaveric hands.

“Ultimately what the mining industry and miners need is to select the most appropriate glove for their safety concerns,” Sosa said.

Grant money awarded to restore Wyoming Hotel in Mullens

MULLENS, W.Va. – The Mullens Community Development Corporation has received a $5,000 grant through the 2019 FOCUS WV Brownfields program to address barriers to the redevelopment of Wyoming Hotel and Webster Apartment Building.

The Foundation for Overcoming Challenges and Utilizing Strengths (FOCUS) West Virginia Brownfields program funds were awarded by the West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Centers through funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The program provides financial and technical assistance enabling communities in West Virginia to create a redevelopment vision for brownfield properties of strategic community interest.