Research Overview


Professor Pinhero is primarily interested in materials synthesis, fabrication and characterization. His research is very applied and focused on finding cost-effective solutions to complex problems in the broad areas of energy (power) production and storage; separation science; corrosion; and biomedical engineering. Currently, his research teams are helping develop novel rectenna devices; metamaterials and frequency selective surfaces (FSS); electrochemical separations of elements from used nuclear fuels; new nuclear fuels and materials for both Generation IV and Fast Reactors; empirical modeling of micro cracking in immiscible metal systems; dynamic probabilistic risk assessment (PRA); betavoltaics; and nano alloy/cluster chemistry.

Educational research is an additional interest of Professor Pinhero. He is currently involved with redesigning engineering courses to help facilitate skill retention and provide a more cohesive fit with other courses in the engineering curriculum. He is also a co-investigator on a project to help retool Missouri for playing a role in nuclear reactor design and manufacture. Part of this grant is focused on developing a curriculum to educate engineering and science students about opportunities in the nuclear industry.

Funded projects

  1. Private funding for rectenna development.
  2. US DOE-NEUP for microspot fast neutron irradiation of graphites.
  3. Private funding for very large surface area, lightweight, medium power betavoltaics research.
  4. Collaborative funding to investigate micro cracking in immiscible metal systems.
  5. Faculty development funds (US NRC) to help develop junior faculty in nuclear science and engineering.
  6. Course redesign funds (MU) to help modify a thermodynamics course.
  7. Department of Labor, “Make It In America (MIIA)” grant to help prepare Missouri industry for nuclear plant manufacturing.
  8. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nuclear Forensics program.

Research awards

  1. NASA Nanotech Briefs NANO50 Award (2007) for “Nanostructured Device Manufacturing Process”
  2. NASA Nanotech Briefs NANO50 Award (2007) for “Solar Nantenna”

Current research group members

Former graduate students

Former undergraduate students