Dr. Larsen received his B.S. degree from Dana College and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He joined the UM-St. Louis faculty in 1964, after one year as a research associate at Washington University.
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Dr. Larsen's research interests are in environmental chemistry, especially in the development of novel methods to treat hazardous waste including "mixed" (radioactive) waste. Research areas of interest include the preparation of activated char from coal and the regeneration of spent activated carbon by special gasification techniques. Gasification methods to treat mixed wastes containing oils, PCB's, dioxins, heavy metals, and radionuclids are also of interest. The gasification methods are applied to the treatment of effluent streams, sludges, and contaminated soils.
"Noise cancellation in Fourier transform spectrophotometry".Larsen, David W.; Xu, Zhi. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. 2007, 26pp.
"Light Scattering Detector," D. W. Larsen and Z. Xu, US 7,268,881, patent issued to The Curators of The University of Missouri, September 11, 2007.
"Ultrasensitive Spectrophotometer," D. W. Larsen and Z. Xu, US 7,262,844. patent issued to The Curators of The University of Missouri, August 28, 2007.
"Development of Ultra-Low-Noise Spectrophotometry for Analytical Applications," Z. Xu and D. W. Larsen, Analytical Chemistry, 2005, 77, 6463."Ultrasensitive Spectrophotometer," D. W. Larsen, Z. Xu, and W. Garver, US 6,741,348, patent issued to The Curators of the University of Missouri, May 25, 2004.
Considerations in the Application of Reverse Mode Gasification to the
Destruction of Hazardous Substances, David W. Larsen, Michael D. Washington,
Stanley E. Manahan, Bradley Medcalf, and Frank E. Stary, Environmental
Science and Technology, 1999, 33, 1263.
"Analytical Characterization of an Industrial Waste Treated by Gasification". Michael D. Washington, David W. Larsen, and Stanley E. Manahan, Environmental Science and Technology, 1999, 32, 2973.