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Project Title: A Research Agenda for a New Era in Separations Science

PIN: DELS-BCST-17-03        

Major Unit:
Division on Earth and Life Studies

Sub Unit: Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology


Tran, Camly

Subject/Focus Area:  Energy and Energy Conservation; Math, Chemistry, and Physics

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   04/26/2018

Professor Joan F. Brennecke - (Chair) - (Chair)
Joan F. Brennecke (Chair) (NAE) is Professor for the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. Prior, she was the Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame and was the founding Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame. She joined Notre Dame after completing her Ph.D. and M.S. (1989 and 1987) degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her B. S. at the University of Texas at Austin (1984). Her research interests are primarily in the development of less environmentally harmful solvents. These include supercritical fluids and ionic liquids. In developing these solvents, Dr. Brennecke's primary interests are in the measurement and modeling of thermodynamics, thermophysical properties, phase behavior and separations. Major awards include 2001 Ipatieff Prize from the American Chemical Society, the 2006 Professional Progress Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the J. M. Prausnitz Award at the Eleventh International Conference on Properties and Phase Equilibria in Greece in May, 2007, the 2008 Stieglitz Award from the American Chemical Society, the 2009 E. O. Lawrence Award from the U.S. Department of Energy, and the 2014 E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. She serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Chemical & Engineering Data. Her 130+ research publications have garnered over 11,000 citations. She was inducted into the National Academy of Engineering in 2012.

Dr. Jared L. Anderson
Jared L. Anderson is a Professor of Chemistry at Iowa State University where he joined the chemistry faculty in August 2015. He earned his B.S. in 2000 from South Dakota State University and his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 2005. He joined the chemistry faculty at The University of Toledo where he rose through the ranks as an assistant professor (2005-2009), associate professor (2009-2011), and full professor (2011-2015). His research focuses on the development of stationary phases for multidimensional gas chromatography, alternative approaches in sample preparation, particularly in nucleic acid isolation and purification, and developing analytical tools for trace level analysis within active pharmaceutical ingredients. Anderson received the NSF CAREER Award, Emerging Leader in Chromatography Award given by LCGC Magazine, and the American Chemical Society Young Investigator in Separation Science Award. In 2014, he was included in the “Top 40 under 40” Power List by The Analytical Scientist Magazine. In 2016, he was awarded the Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award. He has published over 140 peer-reviewed publications, 5 book chapters, and has co-edited a book series published by Wiley titled Analytical Separation Science. He holds 5 patents and serves on the editorial advisory boards of Analytica Chimica Acta, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Journal of Liquid Chromatography and Related Technologies, and LCGC Magazine. He currently serves as Senior Editor for the Journal of Separation Science.

Professor Georges Belfort
Georges Belfort (NAE) is an Institute Professor and member of the Howard P. Isermann Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI). Prior, he was on the faculty of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. His research and teaching interests are primarily in the field of separations, particularly in liquid membrane filtration science and technology. His major contributions include fluid mechanics across, transport through, and surface modification of polymeric membranes. Dr. Belfort has also proposed and published a new mechanism for Alzheimer’s disease, has developed surfaces that maximize stem cell expansion and that enable retinal pigment epithelium cells to grow on cobblestone surfaces, and with Dr. Marlene Belfort, NAS, offered a new approach to treat tuberculosis. Major awards include: 1995 ACS Award in Separations Sci. & Technol.; 2000 AIChE Separations Division Clarence G Gerhold Award in Separations Science & Technology; 2008 ACS E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry; 2011 Alan S. Michaels ACS BIOT Div. Award “Recovery of Biological Molecules”; 2014 Alan S. Michaels Award for “Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology”, North American Membrane Society (NAMS); and 2017 Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Division Distinguished Service Award in Chemical Engineering, AIChE. He was also honored with research and best teacher award from RPI. Dr Belfort is a member of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers, 1994; co-founder, ex-president and member of the NAMS 2005; was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering, 2003; is a foreign member of the Bologna Academy of Science, Italy, 2012; is a Fellow of AIChE, NY, 2013; and is Chair of the Board of the Society of Biological Engineers (2015-). His 230 peer-reviewed archival research publications have garnered over 14,500 citations. He completed his BSc (1963) in Chemical Engineering at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and M.S. and Ph.D. (1969 and 1972) degrees in Engineering at the University of California at Irvine.

Dr. Aurora Clark
Aurora Clark is the Director for the Center for Institutional Research Computing and Professor of Chemistry at Washington State University. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from Central Washington University in 1999 and her Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Indiana University in 2003. Dr. Clark studied the electronic structure of chemical systems containing highly correlated f-block elements as a post-doctoral researcher at Los Alamos National Laboratory. She joined the Chemistry Department at Washington State University in 2005 as an Assistant Professor, receiving tenure in 2011, and promotion to Full Professor in 2016. Her research employs both quantum and statistical mechanics to study chemical processes in extreme and complex chemical environments, with an emphasis upon solution chemistry and liquid interfaces. She has pioneered new theoretical approaches for data fusion and analysis within molecular simulations in high performance computing environments. These interests are reflected in her role as Deputy Director of the Department of Energy, Energy Frontier Research Center on Interfacial Dynamics in Radioactive Environments and Materials. Dr. Clark has received several awards for scientific achievement and leadership, including the American Chemical Society Dreyfus Lectureship, and in 2017 was elected a Fellow of the ACS. She is currently a member of the editorial advisory board for the Journal of Chemical Physics and the DOE Council on Chemical Sciences, Geosciences and Biosciences.

Dr. Brian Kolthammer
Brian Kolthammer is retired as an Industrial Scientist with over 35 years of experience with the Dow Chemical Company. The majority of his career was spent in the development and implementation of new technologies into commercial practice, resolving the issues provoked by complex industrial processes upon laboratory discoveries. These endeavors involved a variety of experimental approaches, from practical piloting and analytical determinations to modeling and simulation, to identify and de-risk the influence of byproduct and secondary chemistries in the presence of multi-component process streams. The research resulted in the commercialization of more than a dozen new processes and products, gaining a number of IR100 Awards for the Company and recognition as one of the ACS Heroes of Chemistry in 2015. Dr. Kolthammer earned his BSc and PhD from the University of British Columbia, and spent two years as a NATO Science Fellow at Texas A&M University prior to joining the chemical industry.

Dr. Bruce Moyer
Bruce Moyer is a Corporate Fellow at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), specializing over a 38-year career in both fundamental and applied aspects of separation science and technology, especially on the chemistry of solvent extraction and ion exchange. His graduate work dealt with fundamental mechanisms of redox catalysis. In 1979, he joined the staff at ORNL and has worked on a variety of problems in separations chemistry, always with an eye on incorporating principles of molecular recognition. In addition to his duties as Group Leader, Chemical Separations, in the ORNL Chemical Sciences Division, Dr. Moyer leads three programs for the US Department of Energy: Principles of Chemical Recognition and Transport in Extractive Separations (Office of Science), the Sigma Team for Advanced Actinide Recycle (Office of Nuclear Energy), and the Diversifying Supply Focus Area of the Critical Materials Institute, a USDOE Energy Innovation Hub (Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy). He has also provided leadership for the chemical development of the Caustic Side Solvent Extraction (CSSX) process for cesium removal from millions of gallons of legacy nuclear waste at Savannah River Site, which won the Secretary of Energy's Award in 2013. Dr. Moyer also serves as Co-editor of the journal Solvent Extraction and Ion Exchange and the book series Ion Exchange and Solvent Extraction. Dr. Moyer’s most successful technology application is the development of the CSSX process, which has been operating successfully in the Modular CSSX Unit at the Savannah River Site, processing over 6 million gallons of high-level waste. Dr. Moyer has published over 200 refereed open-literature articles, book chapters, proceedings papers, and reports. His 12 patents range from solvent extraction of cesium for nuclear-waste cleanup to supported liquid membrane systems and novel anion-exchange resins. In 2008, Dr. Moyer served as the Technical Chair of the 2008 International Solvent Extraction Conference (ISEC '08) and Editor-in-Chief of the proceedings, and in 2011 he served as member of the Advisory Committee, Program Chair for Nuclear Separations, and co-Editor of the Proceedings of ISEC 2011. He received his BS degree summa cum laude with chemistry honors from Duke University in 1974 and his PhD in inorganic chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1979.

Dr. Susan V. Olesik
Susan Olesik has been a faculty member at The Ohio State University since 1986, being promoted to Associate Professor in 1992 and Professor in 1997. She is currently the Dow Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. She continues as the Director of the Ohio House of Science and Engineering (OHSE), a K-16 science outreach center. Her awards include: ACS 2014 Helen M Free Award for Public Outreach, 2014 ACS Award in Chromatography, 2012 AAAS Fellow, 2010 OSU Building Bridges Excellence Award, 2009 ACS Fellow, 2008 ACS National Award for Encouraging Disadvantaged Students into Careers in the Chemical Sciences; 2008 Stanley C. Israel Regional Award for Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences; 2006 OSU Alumni Association Heinlen Award; 2005 Columbus Technical Council (CTC) Technical Person of the Year; 2004 ACS Columbus Section Award for Outstanding Achievement & Promotion of Chemical Sciences; 2000 AWISCO Woman in Science Award; and a commendation from NASA for contributing a GC Column to Cassini-Huygen’s probe. She received her A.S. from Vincennes University in 1975, B.A. from DePauw University in 1977, and Ph.D. in 1982 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, under the auspices of James W. Taylor in field of analytical mass spectrometry. She was also a postdoctoral fellow for Milos Novotny at Indiana University from 1982-1884 and for Tomas Baer at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill from 1984-1986.

Dr. Kevin Rosso
Kevin Rosso joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in 1998 and was promoted to a PNNL’s highest rank of Laboratory Fellow in 2010. He is an Associate Director of the Physical Sciences Division, and the lead PI for the U.S. Department of Energy’s BES Geosciences program at PNNL. He has held Associate Editor posts for Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta and American Mineralogist, and currently serves on the Editorial Board of ACS Earth and Space Chemistry. He is a Life Fellow of the Mineralogical Society of America. He is a recipient of the Hallimond Lectureship (2016), the Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award – College of Science, Virginia Tech (2008-2009), an Outstanding Research Award U.S. DOE OBES Geosciences Symposium (2009), The Laboratory Director’s Award, PNNL (2004), and The 2004 Mineralogical Society of America Award. He holds visiting professorships at The University of Manchester, The University of New South Wales, and is a SERENADE Invited Professor at the University of Grenoble. He has served as a panelist and writer in several BES Basic Research Needs workshops. Dr. Rosso’s research is centered on molecular interfacial science, a topic that is foundational across a wide range of disciplines including geochemistry, materials and corrosion science, biology, heterogeneous catalysis, and electrochemistry. His work has clarified the basis for structure-reactivity relationships in a variety of systems of interacting components of inorganic crystalline materials, proteins, solvated metal species, and organic molecules. He applies and integrates various theories, computational molecular simulation, and laboratory and synchrotron experimental techniques. His recent research is focused on unraveling rates and mechanisms of electron transfer across abiotic/biotic interfaces in natural and energy device systems. Dr. Rosso has published more than 260 journal articles and book chapters on various fundamental aspects of oxide/electrolyte interface chemistry, the oxidation of metal sulfide surfaces, crystal growth and dissolution, and biologic electron transfer – a body of work with an H-index of 51 and cited more than 10,000 times. He received his Ph.D. degree in 1998 in geochemistry from Virginia Tech.

Dr. Mark B. Shiflett
Mark B. Shiflett is a Distinguished Foundation Professor in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas. He joined the University of Kansas in 2016 after retiring from the DuPont Company as a Technical Fellow. He received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2001 and 1998. He received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from N.C. State University in 1989. Professor Shiflett was also an adjunct professor at the University of Delaware in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is an inventor on 40 U.S. patents and has published 74 articles on his research. He was awarded the DuPont Bolton Carothers award in 2005, the ACS Hero of Chemistry award in 2006, the University of Delaware presidential citation in 2007 and the AIChE Institute award for Industrial Research in 2016 for his development of refrigerant mixtures to replace CFCs which were linked to the depletion of the Earth’s ozone layer. Professor Shiflett was elected in 2014 to be a Fellow in the AIChE and in 2016 to be a Division Fellow in the ACS for his significant professional accomplishments and contributions to the chemical engineering profession. He is a licensed professional engineer and his research at KU focuses on environmentally friendly, energy efficient processes and products for the chemical industry.

David Sholl
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. Prior to his appointment at Georgia Tech, David was on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon University for 10 years. He has published over 300 papers that have received over 13,000 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. 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 received a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the University of Colorao at Boulder.

Dr. Berend Smit
Berend Smit has been a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at The University of California Berkeley and a Faculty Chemist at Materials Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory since 2007. Since 2014 he is director of the Energy Center and the Laboratory of Molecular Simulation at EPFL in Switzerland. He was a (senior) Research Physicist at Shell Research from 1988 to 1997 and a Professor of Computational Chemistry at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) from 1997 to 2007. In 2004 Dr. Smit was elected Director of the European Center of Atomic and Molecular Computations (CECAM) in Lyon, France. Berend Smit's research focuses on the application and development of novel molecular simulation techniques, with emphasis on energy related applications. Together with Daan Frenkel he wrote the textbook “Understanding Molecular Simulations,” and together with Jeff Reimer, Curt Oldenburg, and Ian Bourg he wrote the textbook Introduction to “Carbon Capture and Sequestration”. Berend Smit has published over 300 scientific articles. Dr. Smit received an MSc in Chemical Engineering in 1987 and an MSc in Physics both from the Technical University in Delft (The Netherlands). He received in 1990 cum laude PhD in Chemistry from Utrecht University (The Netherlands).

Dr. Zachary P. Smith
Zachary P. Smith joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as an assistant professor in January, 2017. While at The University of Texas Austin, Smith developed structure/property relationships for gas diffusion and sorption in polymer membranes. His postdoctoral training with Jeffrey Long at the UC Berkeley examined the design of coordination solid (i.e. metal-organic frameworks) for selective adsorption based separations. His research focuses on the molecular-level design, synthesis, and characterization of polymers and inorganic materials for applications in membrane and adsorption-based separations. These efforts are promising for gas-phase separations critical to the energy industry and to the environment, such as the purification of olefins and the capture of CO2 from flue stacks at coal-fired power plants. Smith has co-authored over 20 peer-reviewed papers and been recognized with several awards, including the DoE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship. He was also selected as a U.S. delegate to the Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting on Chemistry in 2013. Smith earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State’s Schreyer Honors College, and completed his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, where he worked under the guidance of Benny Freeman and Don Paul.

Dr. Lynda Soderholm
Lynda Soderholmn is the Heavy Elements and Separation Sciences group leader in the Chemical Sciences Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Soderholm is involved in a broad research program centered on understanding solute/solvent correlations in solutions and their interrelationship with chemical stability, reactivity, and energetics. Using a variety of spectroscopic and scattering techniques, her specific interest centers on understanding hierarchical structuring and dynamics in solutions and their impact on chemical separations. Her recent awards include the University of Chicago Board of Governor’s Distinguished Performance Award (2009) and Election as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2013). She also served as a co-chair of the recently published (2017) BES Basic Research Needs for Synthesis Science. She received her PhD from McMaster University in Canada.

Professor Michael Tsapatsis
Michael Tsapatsis (NAE) is a chemical engineering and materials science professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Tsapatsis has been professor at the University of Minnesota since 2003, and he currently holds the Amundson Chair in Chemical Engineering and Materials Science. He has published more than 200 papers and has been invited to present more than 130 lectures around the world. He is the inventor/co-inventor of eight issued patents and six patent applications, several of which have been licensed and one commercialized. He also contributed to the development of materials currently in industrial use for natural gas purification. Tsapatsis has received several awards, including the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Chemical Engineering Research, the Breck Award from the International Zeolite Association, the Charles M.A. Stine Award from the Materials Engineering & Sciences Division of AIChE, a Packard Foundation Fellowship, a National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Tsapatsis received an engineering diploma (1988) from the University of Patras, Greece, and master’s (1991) and Ph.D. (1994) degrees from the California Institute of Technology, working with George Gavalas.

Dr. Mary Jean Wirth
Mary J. Wirth is the W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Purdue University. Her research is on new materials for protein separations, which spans the fields of bioanalytical chemistry and materials science. Applications include both characterization of heterogeneity of protein drugs, particularly monoclonal antibodies, and top-down proteomics, particularly polyubiquitination. Dr. Wirth’s research has been recognized by awards that include the ACS Analytical Division Award in Spectrochemical Analysis, the EAS Gold Medal Award in spectroscopy, the ANACHEM Award, the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, and the Dal Nogare Award. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Spectroscopy and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Wirth received her B.S. degree in 1974 from Northern Illinois University, and she received her Ph.D. in 1978 from Purdue University.