Catalysis and reaction engineering

The study of the kinetics of chemical reactions and the design of the reactors in which they take place. Catalysis and reaction engineering is at the heart of virtually every process or system which depends on one or more chemical transformation(s). Our contributions impact the design of processes and systems, ranging from the molecular-to-the-macro- length scales. Continuous-flow manufacturing, flow chemistry, microchemical systems, and molecular management are major themes of our laboratory. Applied mathematics are essential in each area in order to derive predictive models that impact society.

Continuous-flow manufacturing

The continuous production of chemicals and materials has merits to traditional batch-wise manufacturing. We are specifically interested in fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals, multistep synthesis, novel unit operations, simultaneous reactions, and solids handling.

Flow chemistry

The study of chemical methods through the design of chemical reactions in flow. We are particularly interested in aqueous-phase catalyzed methodologies, C-H activation, crystallizations, green chemistry, multiphase reactions, solids handling, and the development of theory that describes the preceding.

Microchemical systems

The design of micro-scale devices for chemical transformations. Our laboratory has special interest in high-pressure sub-cooled device design, high-throughput data-driven chemistry, integrated microsystems, and microplasmatrons.

Molecular management

Ensuring that molecules are in the right place and at the right time. Our interests include research on process intensification, molecular-level optimization, flow assurance, reservoir engineering, and total synthesis in confined spaces.

Our mission is to train students in chemical and biomolecular engineering first principles through invention, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Our preparation of the next generation of problem solvers, global leaders who make positive contributions to society, is accomplished by nurturing their critical and independent thinking, aptitude to innovate, and soft skills. The dissemination of novel science and engineering to society is rudimentary to our laboratory. We recognize that diversity is a main ingredient of imagination. Accomplishing our mission prepares people who help meet the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.