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.
- Private funding for rectenna development.
- US DOE-NEUP for microspot fast neutron irradiation of graphites.
- Private funding for very large surface area, lightweight, medium power betavoltaics research.
- Collaborative funding to investigate micro cracking in immiscible metal systems.
- Faculty development funds (US NRC) to help develop junior faculty in nuclear science and engineering.
- Course redesign funds (MU) to help modify a thermodynamics course.
- Department of Labor, “Make It In America (MIIA)” grant to help prepare Missouri industry for nuclear plant manufacturing.
- Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Nuclear Forensics program.
- NASA Nanotech Briefs NANO50 Award (2007) for “Nanostructured Device Manufacturing Process”
- NASA Nanotech Briefs NANO50 Award (2007) for “Solar Nantenna”
Current research group members
- Zachary R. Thacker (PhD student, 4th year)
- Shendu Yang (PhD student, 2nd year)
- Amin Makarem (PhD student, 1st year)
- Parinaz Emami (PhD student, 1st year)
- Hang Xiao (MS student, 2nd year)
- Tongtong Liu (MS student, 1st year)
- Levi Morris (UG researcher)
- Dustin Wagner (UG researcher)
- Hayley Neebe (UG researcher)
Former graduate students
- Jacob Neth, MS Chemical Engineering (2013) is with Jost Chemical Co. (St. Louis, Mo.)
- Misty Sinclair, MS Chemical Engineering (2013) is with Trinity Consultants (Burlington, Iowa)
- Tristan Freiling, MS Chemical Engineering (2012) is in medical school.
- Michael S. Beumer, MS Chemical Engineering (2012) is with Intel (Hillsboro, Ore.)
- Eric Schwarz, MS Chemical Engineering (2011) is with Exelon Nuclear (Delta, Pa.)
- Narendra Inampudhi, MS Chemical Engineering (2009) is with National Instruments (Austin, Texas)
Former undergraduate students
- 2012-14: Megan Featherling, BS Chemical Engineering (2014), Trinity Consulting (St. Louis, Mo.)
- 2011 -2014: Jasper Grossman, , BS Chemical Engineering (2014), Archer Daniels Midland
- 2012-2013: Christopher Mickles, BS Chemical Engineering (2014),
- 2012-2013: Jerome Rivers, BS Mechanical Engineering (2014), Harley Davidson Motor Company (Kansas City, Mo.)
- 2012-2013: Benjamin Menke, BS Biological Engineering (2014), medical school
- 2012: Andrea McDonald, BS Electrical Engineering, Burns McDonnell (Kansas City, Mo.)
- 2012-13: Joseph Folkemer, BS Chemical Engineering (2013), MU Computer Science Department
- 2011-13: Shannon Flannakin, BS Chemical Engineering (2014), graduate school?
- 2008-2010: Jacob Neth, BS Chemical Engineering (2010), graduate school at University of Missouri
- 2008-2010: Josh Gonzales, BS Chemical Engineering (2010), Heat Transfer Systems (St. Louis, Mo.)
- 2008-09: Gilad Kaufman, BS Chemical Engineering (2010), PhD student (Yale University)
- 2008-09: Kathryn Trenshaw, BS Chemical Engineering (2009), PhD (Illinois), Sheridan Center at Brown University (Providence, R.I.)
- 2007-08: Andrew Miller, BS Chemical Engineering (2008)
- 2007-08: Stephen Soncasie, BS Chemical Engineering (2008), deceased