Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Engineering
250 Nieuwland Hall
Areas of Interest
The research in our group focuses on developing a fundamental understanding of the link between the physical properties of materials and their chemical constitution. Much of our work is devoted to applications related to energy and the environment. The main tool we use is molecular simulation, in which a detailed geometric and energetic model of the material of interest is created and then simulated using large-scale high-performance computing.
A major focus is developing new technologies based on ionic liquids, a class of non-volatile liquids have intriguing properties and show great commercial promise. We use molecular simulations to design new ionic liquids on the computer that can be used in applications including solvents for CO2 capture, environmentally benign solutions for electroplating, heating and cooling absorption cycle working fluids that have very low global warming potential, and safer electrolytes for batteries and ultracapacitors. We also develop new computational methodologies and algorithms.
Ph.D, University of California, Berkeley, 1995
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1987