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David S. Sholl: Expanding the chemical palette for reliable adsorption-based separations


9/17/2019 at 12:30PM


9/17/2019 at 1:30PM


127 Nieuwland Hall


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Yamil Colón

Yamil Colón

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College of Engineering Assistant Professor
Research in the Colón group focuses on the study, discovery, and design of porous materials for targeted applications. We use and develop molecular modeling tools to: understand fluid behavior in porous confinement, quickly and accurately predict material properties and performance, and study the ...
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The majority of research literature on chemical separations focuses on a relatively small collection of chemicals. In many ways this is appropriate because of the dramatic economic and environmental impacts of these species. The space of possible chemicals, however is vast; Carl Sagan's famous "billions and billions" is many orders of magnitude too small for chemical space. I will discuss early steps towards methods that may eventually allow rapid development of adsorbent-based separations for a diverse range of molecules drawn from a broad chemical space. I will also discuss recent attempts to quantify reproducibility of experimental data in adsorption, a topic that brings up wide-ranging issues in forming connections between basic discovery-oriented science and the practical application of materials in real-world separations.

Seminar Speaker:

David S. Sholl

David S. Sholl

Georgia Institute of Technology

David Sholl is the John F. Brock III School Chair of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at Georgia Tech. David’s research uses computational materials modeling to accelerate development of new materials for energy-related applications, including generation and storage of gaseous and liquid fuels and carbon dioxide mitigation. He has published over 340 papers that have received over 16,000 citations. He has also written a textbook on Density Functional Theory, a quantum chemistry method that is widely applied through the physical sciences and engineering, and a novel, Polyphony. David is a Senior Editor of the ACS journal Langmuir and he was instrumental in the development of RAPID, a $70M DOE-funded Manufacturing Institute focused on process intensification run by AIChE. He is on the Board of Directors of AIChE and in 2020 will chair the inaugural Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Separations. More information on David’s research group is available from sholl.chbe.gatech.edu.

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