Research in this group is limited by Dr. Cussler's retirement. The remaining topics center on coupled diffusion and chemical reaction. At present, the key topics are crystallization enhanced by high pressure, ammonia production by coupled absorption and catalytic reaction, and the purification of organic light emitting diodes by sublimation. The studies of crystallization aid purification of non-volatile moderate molecular weight molecules, including some drugs and agrochemicals. The production of ammonia tries to build a small ammonia plant which is powered by wind. The sublimation studies, a key to the low cost production of flat screen televisions, involve three types of transport: conventional diffusion, Knudsen diffusion, and molecular velocity. All topics are anchored within chemical engineering.
- Chemicals in the Environment: Diffusive Transport, E. L. Cussler, Transport and Fate of Chemicals in the Environment, R. A. Meyers, Ed., Springer-Verlag, Berlin, (2012).
- Ammonia Absorption at Haber Process Reactor Conditions, (with M. Huberty, A. Wagner, A. McCormick), AIChE Journal 58, 3526-3532 (2012).
- Ultrafiltration Membranes with a Thin Poly(styrene)-g-poly(isoprene) Selective Layer, (with S. E. Querelle, E. E. Jackson, and M. A. Hillmyer), ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 5, 5044 (2013).
- Membrane-Assisted VOC Removal from Aqueous Acrylic Latex, (with B. Ulrich, T. C. Frank, A. McCormick), J. Membrane Sci. 452, 426-432 (2013).
- Understanding Rate-Limiting Processes for the Sublimation of Small Molecule Organic Semiconductors, (with N. T. Morgan, Y. Zhang, E.J. Molitor, B. M. Bell, R. J. Holmes,), AIChE Journal, in press.