Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
2228 Academic Building
My principle research focus is in developing novel high pressure and temperature process technologies applied to sustainable energy, synthesis of chemicals, extraction, and the greening of conventional processes. With the increasing demand for fossil fuels as well as the environmental costs associated with their production and use, there is need for continued research in novel and greener process technologies to produce chemicals in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner. A particular area of research that may be utilized in greener, efficient, and sustainable applications are near-critical and supercritical fluids. Supercritical fluids have both gas and liquid-like solvent properties with inherently high density which permits for more compact, scalable, portable, and reactive processes. Supercritical fluid technology may also be utilized in compact, portable next-generation process technology that reduce reliance upon energy intensive and polluting mediums ranging from extraction of medicinal components from plants to the production of biohydrogen. Projects are sponsored by the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, the National Science Foundation, and Kettering University
Supercritical fluid technologies, high pressure and temperature reaction process prototypes and control system design and fabrication, Extraction of medically active chemicals from plants, Biodiesel production, Supercritical water partial oxidation, Reformation technologies, Process modeling and simulation
“MRI: Acquisition of a CHNSO Elemental Determinator to Support Multidisciplinary Applied Research,” National Science Foundation, NSF Grant Number CBET-1228432, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, Co-PI’s: Drs. L. Wang, S. Nartker, J. Aurandt, M. Rabago-Smith. 9/1/2012-8/31/2014
“Non-catalytic reactions producing phenol from aromatic hydrocarbons using hydrogen peroxide and supercritical and subcritical water,” American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund, PRF Award Number 52948-UNI9, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel. 1/1/2013-8/13/2015
Supercritical fluid extraction and evaluation of antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory agents from grape stems, pomegranate, walnut hulls, and local flora,” Kettering University Faculty Fellowship, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, Chemical Engineering Co-PI’s: Dr. Michelle Ammerman and Cheryl Samaniego, Applied Biology; Dr. Lihua Wang and Dr. Ali Zand, Chemistry. 9/27/2013-6/30/2014.
“Production of biodiesel in a compact reactor from soybean oil using a naturally-derived acid catalyst and supercritical methanol,” Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, PI: Dr. Jonathan Wenzel, Chemical Engineering Co-PI: Dr. Ali Zand, Chemistry. 4/1/2014-3/31/2015
Select Articles in Proceedings and Conference Papers
- Senior Member American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
- Emminent Engineer and co-advisor of Tau Beta Pi
- Chapter Advisor for the Kettering University chapter of AIChE
- Grand Master of Ceremonies, Second National Vice President, Alpha Chi Sigma, A professional chemistry fraternity.
- Eagle Scout and former Assistant Scoutmaster