Ronnie & Eugene M. Isenberg Professor in Engineering Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement 362 Whitmore Administration Building University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 01003-9313 Selected Works email@example.comHorizontal TabsEducation Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 1979 B.S., Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 1974 Research Conceptual Design Mathematical Modeling Reaction-Separation Systems Innovation & Entrepreneurship Reaction-Separation Systems The conceptual design of separation systems can be done systematically for simple mixtures, using simulation tools and heuristic approaches for the generation and ranking of alternatives. We are developing a new generation of tools for the design and synthesis of separation systems for complex mixtures, allowing for the possibility of azeotropes, multiple liquid phases, and simultaneous reaction and separation. The building blocks for these tools are advances in: (i) modeling and data for the phase equilibrium in complex mixtures; (ii) analysis and characterization of nonlinear systems using bifurcation theory; (iii) numerical methods for nonlinear systems; and (iv) systems approaches to chemical processing. Our main interest is actually in the development of new methods and the software tools provide a test bed for the methods by application to problems here at the University and also in cooperation with our industrial sponsors. Others have also used these methods as the basis for the development of commercial tools for the conceptual design of distillation systems. Currently, we are focused on the application of reactive distillation to the production of biofuels. Publications US 6,093,842; US 6,315,868 B1 Honors Excellence in Process Development Research Award, AIChE Process Development Division (2004); Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship, UMass Amherst, 2002; Computing in Chemical Engineering Award (with M. F. Doherty) AIChE CAST Division, 1996; University Distinguished Teaching Award, UMass Amherst, 1996; Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, College of Engineering, UMass Amherst, 1996; Best Session, AIChE Spring Meeting, 1997; Best Paper Computers and Chemical Engineering, 1993 & 2001; GE Outstanding Teaching Award, UMass Amherst College of Engineering, 1988. Best Paper Awards: Best Paper Computers and Chemical Engineering, 1993 & 2001; Experience University of Massachusetts Amherst: Dean of Engineering, 8/04-present; Ronnie and Eugene Isenberg Distinguished Professor of Engineering, 2/03-present; Department Head, Chemical Engineering, 9/97-8/03; Professor of Chemical Engineering, 9/91-present; Associate Professor, 9/86-8/91; Assistant Professor, 6/80-9/86; Director, Process Design and Control Center, 1/89-8/97, 7/02-8/03. E. I. DuPont Co.: Visiting Scientist, CS&E, 9/93-5/94; Textile Fibers Research, 6/84-8/84. Teaching: Consulting or Short Courses Rohm & Haas, Inc.; Monsanto Co.; Union Carbide Corp., Celanese Co.; E. I. DuPont Company; General Electric Co.; Mitsubishi Kasei Corp. (Japan); BASF AG; Tennessee Eastman Company; Eastman Chemical Company; Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Japan); Shell International Chemicals BV (Amsterdam).