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Our group studies dynamics of gases and plasmas with aerospace applications. We are located in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of Missouri S&T.

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News

October 25, 2022 Josh successfully defended his M.S. thesis titled "Numerical Investigations of 2-D Magnetic Nozzles on Plasma Plumes". Congratulations to Josh!
October 7, 2022 Dr. Han gave an invited talk (virtual) titled "Aerospace Plasma Research at Missouri S&T: From Space Propulsion to Lunar Exploration" at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.
October 5, 2022 Aaron and Easton both received NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium's Undergraduate Research Internship scholarship. Congratulations!
October 1-2, 2022 David, Aaron, and Easton presented our work at the 7th Annual Meeting of SIAM Central States Section held at the Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. The title of David's talk was "Kinetic Simulations of Charging of Irregularly-Shaped Dust Grains in Space Plasmas". The title of Aaron and Easton's talk was "Kinetic Modeling of Electrostatic Transport of Lunar Regolith Particles with Applications to In-Situ Resource Utilization".
August 30, 2022 A project, titled "Chemical Hazards Mitigation through Cold Plasma Treatment and Shielding" and in collaboration with Dr. Yue-Wern Huang (Biological Sciences) and Dr. Marek Locmelis (Geosciences and Geology) of MST, is selected for funding by Army Research Laboratory.
August 25, 2022 A project, titled "Collaborative Research: CyberTraining: Pilot: Research Workforce Development for Deep Learning Systems in Advanced GPU Cyberinfrastructure" and in collaboration with Dr. Xin Liang (CS) and Dr. Tony Luo (CS) of MST and colleagues at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, is selected for funding by NSF.
August 23-25, 2022 Dr. Han attended the 2022 Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group (LEAG)) held in Laurel, MD and online.
August 22, 2022 As the Fall 2022 semester starts, our groups is growing bigger - two new Ph.D. students, Emmanuel Wie-Addo and Kolawole Adesina, will join us in the Fall. Welcome!
August 15-19, 2022 Dr. Han attended the 2nd Annual NASA-APL Lunar ISRU, Excavation, and Construction Technology Review held at Houston, TX and online.
July 19-21, 2022 Dr. Han attended the 2022 NASA Exploration Science Forum, held in-person and virtually at the University of Colorado Boulder.
July 4-8, 2022 Dr. Han attended the 32nd International Symposium on Rarefied Gas Dynamics (RGD32) and gave a presentation titled "Kinetic Particle Simulations of Plasma Charging and Dust Transport near the Lunar Terminator" (Special Session on Dust in Lunar Exploration).
June 19-23, 2022 Dr. Han attended the 37th International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC 2022) held at Boston/MIT.
June 15, 2022 Our paper co-authored with Prof. Grace Yan of Civil Engineering and Prof. Xiaoming He of Mathematics and titled "Kinetic Particle Simulations of Plasma and Dust Environments at Robotic Construction Sites near the Lunar Terminators" got accepted by ASCE Journal of Aerospace Engineering!
June 12-15, 2022 David presented a poster titled "Kinetic Particle Simulations of Charging of Irregularly-Shaped Dust Grains in Low Temperature Collisionless Plasmas" at the 2022 Joint Conference on Electrostatics (ESA 2022), Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.
June 3, 2022 Six talented UG students - Kevin Marshall, Nick Graham, Easton Ingram, Aaron Berkhoff, and Kostas Kakadiaris of MST, and Tykerria Fowler of Benedict College (through MST's Summer Engineering Research Academy) - joined our group for summer research projects. Welcome!
June 2, 2022 Jianxun successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "Fully Kinetic Particle-in-Cell Simulations of Plasma-Surface-Dust Interactions for Lunar Exploration". Congratulations to Dr. Zhao!
May 22-26, 2022 Jianxun and David presented our two studies at the 49th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS 2022) held at Seattle, WA and online. Jianxun's talk was titled "Development of a Fully Kinetic Particle Simulation Code for Coupled Plasma-Dust Transport". David's poster was titled "Kinetic Particle Simulations of Charging of Irregularly-Shaped Dust Grains in Low Temperature Collisionless Plasmas".
April 20, 2022 Our case study paper co-authored with Prof. Grace Yan of Civil Engineering and titled "Tornado-induced Structural Damage based on Reconnaissance Surveys of 2019 Jefferson City, MO Tornado and Previous Notable Tornadoes" got accepted by Natural Hazards Review!
April 4-8, 2022 Jianxun and David presented our work titled "Development of a fully kinetic particle simulation code for coupled plasma-dust transport" at the 16th Spacecraft Charging and Technology Conference (SCTC).
March 16, 2022 Jacob has been awarded the Kummer Innovation and Entrepreneurship Doctoral Fellowship to study Ph.D. Aerospace Engineering in the Fall! Congratulations!
February 28, 2022 Dr. Han gave an invited talk titled "Kinetic Particle Simulations of Plasma Charging and Dust Transport near the Lunar Terminator" at Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) Extreme Environments - Space Weather / Plasma Environments group meeting.
February 18, 2022 A project on Moon mining - use magnetic and electrostatic technologies to more efficiently separate calcium- and aluminum-containing minerals from the lunar regolith - led by Dr. Leslie Gertsch, is selected for funding by NASA. [link]
February 12, 2022 Our paper first-authored by David and titled "Weak Scaling of the Parallel Immersed Finite Element Particle-in-Cell (PIFE-PIC) Framework with Lunar Plasma Charging Simulations" got accepted by the journal Computational Particle Mechanics! [link]
January 3-7, 2022 Our group attended the hybrid in-person and virtual AIAA SciTech Forum 2022. David and Jianxun did a great job presenting our papers on the numerical modeling and simulation front!
November 5, 2021 Dr. Han is awarded FY 2022 AFOSR YIP. [link]
October 29-30, 2021 Jianxun and David presented at the Midwest Numerical Analysis Day (MWNAD) 2021 held at Rolla, MO. Jianxun's talk was on "Kinetic particle modeling of plasma charging and dust transport near the lunar terminator". David's talk was on "Strong and Weak Scaling Performance of the Parallel Immersed Finite Element Particle-in-Cell (PIFE-PIC) Framework". [link]
October 1, 2021 Our paper first-authored by Josh and titled "Numerical Investigations of 2-D Planar Magnetic Nozzle Effects on Pulsed Plasma Plumes" got accepted by the The Aeronautical Journal!
September, 2021 Jacob Ortega joined our group. Welcome!
September 2, 2021 Our paper first-authored by Jianxun and titled "Photoelectron Sheath and Plasma Charging on the Lunar Surface: Semianalytic Solutions and Fully-Kinetic Particle-in-Cell Simulations" got accepted by the IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science! [link]
June 30, 2021 David Lund is awarded a NASA fellowship through the NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities (NSTGRO)!
June 22, 2021 Our proposal titled "Ultrafine Inorganic Particle Formation in Plasma-Assisted Combustion" is selected for funding by NSF. [link]
June 16, 2021 A project titled "Multiscale Computational Modeling of Dusty Plasmas Near Space Surfaces", in collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, is selected for funding by NASA. [link]
June 9, 2021 Our proposal titled "Collaborative Research: Lab-Data-Enabled Modeling, Numerical Methods, and Validation for a Three-Dimensional Interface Inverse Problem for Plasma-Material Interactions" is selected for funding by NSF. [link]
April 30, 2021 Jianxun Zhao successfully passed the Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam. Congratulations!
March 8, 2021 Our paper co-authored with Prof. Yan of Civil Engineering and titled "A review of approaches to simulate windborne debris dynamics in wind fields" got accepted by the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics! [link]
February 22, 2021 Our paper co-authored with Prof. He of Mathematics and Prof. Zhang of Oklahoma State, titled "PIFE-PIC: Parallel Immersed-Finite-Element Particle-in-Cell for 3-D Kinetic Simulations of Plasma-Material Interactions" got accepted by SIAM Journal on Scientific Computing (SISC)!
January 11-15, 2021 Our group attended the virtual AIAA SciTech Forum 2021. David and Jianxun did a great job presenting our papers on the numerical modeling and simulation fronts!
November 23, 2020 Our paper co-authored with Prof. Du of IUPUI and titled "Physics-Based Gaussian Process Method for Predicting Average Product Lifetime in Design Stage" got accepted by the Journal of Computing and Information Science in Engineering! [link]
November 2, 2020 Our paper co-authored with Prof. Du of IUPUI and titled "Adaptive Kriging Method for Uncertainty Quantification of the Photoelectron Sheath and Dust Levitation on the Lunar Surface" got accepted by the ASME Journal of Verification, Validation and Uncertainty Quantification! [link]
October 12, 2020 Xinpeng successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation titled "Time- and Space-Dependent Uncertainty Analysis and its Application in Lunar Plasma Environment Modeling". Congratulations to Dr. Wei!
September 30, 2020 We are going to start an exciting project upgrading the large vacuum facility with thermal-cycling and more plasma/diagnostic systems through an AFOSR DURIP grant! [link]
September 24, 2020 Group members are awarded the Missouri Space Grant Consortium scholarships/fellowships. Congratulations and Good Job!
September 9, 2020 Blake successfully defended his M.S. thesis titled "Characterization of a Plasma Source Simulating Solar Wind Plasma in a Vacuum Chamber". Congratulations to Blake!
August 13, 2020 Our paper co-authored with Prof. Du of IUPUI and titled "Approximation to Multivariate Normal Integral and Its Application in Time-Dependent Reliability Analysis" got accepted by the journal Structural Safety! [link]
May 12, 2020 Our Experiment Team led by Terry and Blake successfully demonstrated an interesting concept of using solar wind plasma as direct ISRU electricity power source - through lighting up an LED inside the plasma chamber!
May 7, 2020 Kyle McMillen won the Second Prize at the 2020 Fuller Prize Competition for Undergraduate Research organized by Missouri S&T's Physics department. Congratulations to Kyle! [link]
February 11-13, 2020 Terry and Blake presented our experimental work at The Impact of Lunar Dust on Human Exploration Workshop held at Houston, Texas.
January 6-10, 2020 Our group attended the AIAA SciTech Forum 2020. David, Terry and Blake, and Jianxun did a great job presenting our papers on both numerical and experimental fronts!
October 28-30, 2019 Dr. Han attended the Annual Meeting of the Lunar Exploration Analysis Group held at Washington, D.C. with the support from the LEAG Bernard Ray Hawke Next Lunar Generation Career Development Award, sponsored by NASA SSERVI. [link]
October 23, 2019 First successful firing of our RF plasma source in the vacuum chamber! Congratulations to our Experiment Team!
October 20, 2019 David Lund presented our work "Fully Kinetic PIFE-PIC Simulations of Plasma Charging at Lunar Craters" at The 5th Annual Meeting of SIAM Central States Section held at Iowa State University, October 19-20, 2019, Ames, IA.
September, 2019 Group members are awarded the Missouri Space Grant Consortium scholarships/fellowships. Congratulations and Good Job!
August, 2019 Two papers based on Dr. Han's dissertation study, "Numerical Simulations of Dust Dynamics Around Small Asteroids" [link] and "3-D Fully Kinetic Particle-in-Cell Simulations of Small Asteroid Charging in the Solar Wind" [link], were published by IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science.
August, 2019 David Lund and Robert Foley will join our group. Welcome!
April 26, 2019 David Lund presented our work "Design and Development of Plasma Sources for Laboratory Investigations of Plasma-Material Interactions" at The 28th Annual Spring Meeting of the NASA-Missouri Space Grant Consortium held at Missouri S&T, April 26-27, 2019, Rolla, MO.
March 20, 2019 Zhangli Hu passed the Ph.D. defense. Congratulations to Dr. Hu!
January, 2019 Zhangli Hu, Xinpeng Wei, and Joshua Burch joined our group. Welcome!
October 5-7, 2018 Dr. Han presented the benchmarking studies on the parallel efficiency of the PIFE-PIC code at the 4th Annual Meeting of SIAM Central States Section held at Norman, OK.
August, 2018 Terence McGarvey joined our group. Welcome!
June 24-28, 2018 Dr. Han presented two studies at the 45th IEEE International Conference on Plasma Science (ICOPS 2018) held at Denver, CO. One talk focused on "Current Coupling via Electron Emission in Fast and Mesothermal Ion Beams". The other talk focused on the development progress of the PIFE-PIC code.
June 17, 2018 Our paper, "Immersed Finite Element Particle-in-Cell Simulations of Plasma Charging at the Lunar Terminator", was published online at AIAA Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets. [link]
April 9-11, 2018 Dr. Han presented a poster on the PIFE-PIC code at NASA Fundamental Physics Workshop 2018 held at La Jolla, CA.
January 8-12, 2018 Dr. Han presented the first paper about PIFE-PIC code (paper number AIAA-2018-2196 [link]) at AIAA SciTech Forum and Exposition 2018 held at Kissimmee, FL.
January 2018 Jianxun Zhao and Blake Folta joined our group. Welcome!
October 16, 2017 Dr. Han gave a talk about the IFE-PIC method at Missouri Institute for Computational and Applied Mathematical Sciences (MICAMS) in Rolla, MO.
October 8-12, 2017 Dr. Han presented a paper on ion beam neutralization (paper number IEPC-2017-473) at the 35th International Electric Propulsion Conference (IEPC) held at Atlanta, GA.
August 14, 2017 Dr. Han started at Missouri S&T as a faculty member.

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If you are interested in challenging research that applies gas and plasma dynamics to scientific and engineering problems in aeronautics and astronautics, please contact Dr. Han. More information can be found in the Openings tab.