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Strong, active research programs have become a trademark of the department. The department was awarded the Fellows of the University Award of Excellence in Research in 2005 and again in 2011. Dr. Michael Mann and Dr. Wayne Seames have received awards for Individual Excellence in Research. Five faculty were honored by the Technology Transfer Office for submitting patents and/or patent disclosures. A new PhD program in Chemical Engineering and MS in Sustainable Energy Engineering were implemented Spring, 2010.
Direct research expenditures attributed to grants from Chemical Engineering faculty were $3.1 million in AY09/10, an increase of 92% over the previous year. Research has been an important part of the growth of the department. Our research productivity has allowed us to provide assistantships to all qualified graduate students and involve a large number of undergraduate students in our research. This success has also allowed the department to hire four faculty members and increase our staff and research engineer support.
A summary of our research expertise is provided below. For more details on each faculty’s individual expertise, please see our Faculty and Staff page.
Primary Research Interests of Chemical Engineering Faculty
Alshami, Ali – Biochemical engineering, membrane separation, biocatalysis, biological wastewater treatment
Bowman, Frank – Atmospheric aerosols; organic aerosol partitioning; air quality modeling; educational technology; assessment of student learning
Ji, Yun – Renewable and sustainable energy, chemicals, and fuels; biomass pretreatment; enzymatic hydrolysis; integrated energy and environmental projects; pulp and paper technology
Kolodka, Edward – Polymer reaction engineering, synthesis, rheological and mechanical properties of polymers, development of polymers from agricultural products, synthesis and characterization of conducting polymers
Krishnamoorthy, Gautham – Radiative heat transfer, combustion modeling, computational fluid dynamics, high performance solvers
Mann, Michael – Advanced energy systems firing coal and biomass; emission control; renewable and sustainable energy systems; coupling of thermodynamics with political, social, and economic factors.
Schlasner, Steven – Hydrogen production; carbon dioxide capture; petroleum refining and microbial bioprocess technologies; advanced process control
Seames, Wayne – Mitigating the impact of energy technologies on global climate change; renewable fuels, chemicals, and materials technologies; mitigating the impact of heavy inorganic elements upon the environment; remediation of porous building materials
Tande, Brian – Polymer science and engineering, biomedical applications of coatings and composites, rheology of complex fluids, polymers from renewable sources