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Mines Research Tour

Mines Research Tour

Mines Research Tour

Mines Research Tour

Mines Research Tour

A leading science and engineering university, Colorado School of Mines has long focused on solving the challenges facing society today. To do so, its faculty, staff and students need the most advanced knowledge and equipment.

Chemical and Biological Engineering

Moises Carreon

Carreon Research Group – Alderson Hall 194

Professor Moises Carreon

Our research interests focus on the rational design of advanced functional porous materials for applications in molecular gas separations, heterogeneous catalysis, and gas storage. We aim to have a better understanding of the formation mechanisms of these materials and to establish its fundamental structure/separation and structure/catalytic relationships.

Kevin Cash

Cash Lab – Alderson Hall 281

Assistant Professor Kevin Cash

Our lab develops nanoparticle based sensors and diagnostics to profile metabolism in biomedical and environmental applications. We study spatial and temporal changes in metabolites in complex systems to monitor changes to these systems from internal or external perturbations.

Carolyn Koh in lab

Center for Hydrate Research – Alderson Hall 383, 391 & 486

Professor Carolyn Koh

The Colorado School of Mines Center for Hydrate Research (CHR) laboratory is advancing the gas hydrate thermophysical, interfacial, and kinetic properties and their application in energy transportation and storage, including deepwater flow assurance. CHR’s mission is to provide state-of-the-art knowledge and tools for the energy industry and training the next generation engineers in gas hydrates in flow assurance and its energy applications.

Chauhan Lab – Alderson Hall 491

Professor Anuj Chauhan

We design biomaterials for drug delivery. A majority of our research focuses on ophthalmic biomaterials, including contact lenses.

Farnsworth Lab – Alderson Hall 282, 286 & 291

Assistant Professor Nikki Farnsworth

The main goal of our research is to develop biomaterial scaffolds to investigate cellular interactions with their environment and to harness this information to develop therapies using drug delivery or tissue engineering strategies to combat life-threatening diseases. Our research primarily focuses on type 1 diabetes (T1D), and the goals of the current research projects in the lab are to 1) understand the role of extracellular matrix interactions in cellular death and dysfunction during the onset and progression of T1D, 2) identify novel mechanisms leading to pancreatic islet dysfunction and death during the pathogenesis of T1D, and 3) develop therapies which preserve islet function and mass after the onset of disease.

Melissa Krebs and students in lab

Krebs Lab – Alderson Hall 288 & 290

Associate Professor Melissa Krebs

Our group is interested in the development of biopolymer systems that will allow the study of cells’ interactions with their microenvironment and that can be used for tissue regeneration and therapeutics. We are investigating the controlled delivery of bioactive factors and therapeutics, the presentation of insoluble signals to cells, the effect of mechanical forces on cell behavior and tissue formation, and the influence that different cell populations have on one another.

Soft Matter and Interfaces Laboratory – Alderson Hall 494

Assistant Professor Joseph Samaniuk

Our lab seeks connections between different material properties, such as viscosity or modulus, and the interactions of particles and/or molecules that make up those materials. This means we work with a broad range of materials, including films formed at fluid-fluid interfaces where particle-particle interactions are critical in determining the resulting film properties.

Sumit Agarwal in lab

Solar and Electronic Materials Lab

Professor Sumit Agarwal

The focus of our research is on growth and characterization of solar and electronic materials. We use advanced materials characterization tools to understand fundamental phenomena at the atomic level.

Civil Engineering

Advanced Manufacturing Lab

Data-Driven Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanics Lab – CoorsTek Center 240

Professor of Practice Craig Brice

The DDAMM lab research goals are to advance the state of additive manufacturing and expand its industrial applications. These goals are being accomplished by elucidating relationships between additive process variables and mechanical performance.

Jason Porter working with lasers

Entrained-Flow Gasifier Laboratory – Brown Hall 293

Associate Professor Jason Porter

The Mines Entrained-Flow Gasifier Lab focuses on converting biomass, coal, end of life plastics, and other waste streams to valuable chemicals, including hydrogen and transportation fuels.

XSTRM: Extreme Structures and Materials Lab – Brown Hall W305

Associate Professor Leslie Lamberson

The XSTRM lab investigates mechanics of materials challenges under extreme conditions. Specifically we explore material behavior under high strain-rate, added temperature, environmental and/or electrical loading conditions via dynamic fracture and impact loading.


Alan Sellinger and PhD student Henok Yemam in the lab

Sellinger Research Laboratory – GRL 331

Professor Alan Sellinger

The Sellinger research group focuses on the design, synthesis and characterization of organic, polymeric, and hybrid based materials for application in: solar cells; scintillation (detecting alpha, neutron and gamma radiation); metal/covalent organic frameworks (COF/MOF for catalysis and gas storage); and critical materials purification.

Computer Science

Alan Sellinger and PhD student Henok Yemam in the lab

Human-Centered Robotics Lab – Brown Hall W325

Associate Professor Hao Zhang

The lab’s research focuses on lifelong collaborative autonomy, with the goal of enabling robots to collaborate with humans, assist people, and take over tasks where our current society has shortcomings, as well as to operate over long periods of time (e.g., across days, seasons, and eventually over the robots’ lifetimes).

Alan Sellinger and PhD student Henok Yemam in the lab

MIRROR Lab: Mines Interactive Robotics Research Lab – Brown Hall 339

Assistant Professor Tom Williams

In the MIRROR lab, we develop intelligent agents designed to interact naturally with human teammates. To do so, we combine theories and methods from artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and human-robot interaction with robotic and augmented reality technologies.

Electrical Engineering

Antennas, RFID and Computational Electronics and Antenna Measurements Labs – Brown Hall 306 & 313

Professor Atef Elsherbeni

These two labs provide fabrication and measurement facilities for antennas for frequencies up to 20 GHz. They also house the computing facilities for simulation and analysis of new antennas and RFID tag designs. Development and testing of advanced computational methods are also major research tasks of the ARC lab.

Geology and Geological Engineering

Mineral and Materials Characterization Facility – Berthoud Hall 110, 116, 118 & 119

Research Associate Professor Katharina Pfaff

The Mineral and Materials Characterization (MMC) Laboratory is a research laboratory within the Center for Subsurface Earth Resources and the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering that is dedicated to mineral characterization and application development for the minerals, materials, energy, environmental, biological, and planetary research groups, and industries.

Mineral Separation Lab – Berthoud Hall 147 C, D & E

Associate Professor Yvette Kuiper

This lab separates minerals for dating rocks and other dating or chemistry purposes. It has a crusher and grinder, wet-shaking table (that also can separate gold!), magnetic separations, density separations in heavy liquids and a picking microscope.

Stable Isotope and Environmental Laboratory – Berthoud Hall 404

Research Associate Susann Stolze

The Stable Isotope and Environmental Laboratory (SIEL) is located in the Department of Geology and Geological Engineering at Colorado School of Mines and provides analytical training and services relevant to geosciences and (paleo)environmental studies to students, faculty, and other researchers at Mines, other universities, federal agencies and industry.

Thin Section Lab – Berthoud Hall 147

Jae Erickson

The Thin Section Lab provides sample preparation services for students, faculty, and other researchers at Colorado School of Mines, as well as federal agencies and industry clients. The lab produces a variety of high-quality thin sections and other geologic samples for the study of rocks and minerals.

Metallurgical and Materials Engineering

Electromechanical Mechanical Testing Lab – Hill Hall 150

Professor Kip Findley

The research goals of this lab are to characterize the mechanical properties and performance of materials. The testing performed in this lab is an integral part to determining process-structure-property relationships.

A unique testing setup being used in this lab is for hydrogen embrittlement in metals. Specimens are pulled to failure in a hydrogen-rich environmental chamber while an applied voltage is used to measure crack propagation.

Fatigue Lab – Hill Hall 160

Professor Kip Findley

The research goals of this lab are to characterize the fatigue properties and performance of materials. The testing performed in this labs is an integral part to determining process-structure-property relationships.

Numerous studies have been performed evaluating the fatigue performance of surface hardened Brugger fatigue specimens, which simulate bending fatigue of the root of a gear tooth.