Assistant Professor

Jonathan Wenzel

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
2228 Academic Building


B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1999
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2008

Work Experience

Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, MO 2006-2010, Research Engineer for the  Laboratory for Transportation Fuels and Polymer Processing, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.  Dr. Wenzel supervised a graduate student research team engaged in novel process research in energy techologies, prototype design and development, and green processing.  Particular projects included the fabrication of supercritical water reformation process prototypes and the evaluation of the supercritical water reformation of JP-8 for the United States Depeartment of the Army and Air Force.  He was responsible operations, design, proposal preparation and execution of strategic projects and worked as a liason between the lab and project sponsors.


CHME 300 Unit Operations          (co-developed)
CHME 401 Mass Transfer Operations Laboratory   (developed)
CHME 450  Reactor Design           (developed)
CHME 451 Reactor Design Laboratory   (developed)

Research Statement

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    

Research  Specialties

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

Active Grants

“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


U.S. Patents

Lee, S., Lanterman, H., Sardesai, A., Wenzel, J., Marshall, B., Yen, J., Amin-Sanayei, A., Moucharik, M.  Polymerization of Vinylidene Fluoride (VF2) in a Supercritical Fluid Medium.  U.S. Patent Number 7,091,288 issued August 15, 2006.

Refereed Articles

1.       Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  Experimental P-T-r measurements of carbon dioxide and 1,1-difluoroethene mixtures.  Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data 2005, 50, 774-776.
2.       Lee, S., Lanterman, H., Wenzel, J., Picou, J.  Noncatalytic reformation of JP-8 fuel in supercritical water for production of hydrogen.  Energy Sources 2009, 31, 1750-1758.
3.       Lee, S., Lanterman, H., Picou, J., Wenzel, J.  Kinetic modeling of JP-8 reforming by supercritical water.  Energy Sources 2009, 31, 1813-1821.
4.       Picou, J., Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  Hydrogen production by noncatalytic autothermal reformation of aviation fuel using supercritical water.  Energy and Fuels 2009, 23, 6089-6094.
5.       Picou, J., Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Niemoeller, A., Lee, S.  A kinetic model based on the sequential reaction mechanism for the noncatalytic reformation of jet fuel in supercritical water.  Energy Sources: Part A 2011, 33, 785-794.
6.       Picou, J., Stever, M., Bouquet, J., Wenzel, J., Lee, S.  Kinetics of the noncatalytic water gas shift reaction in supercritical water.  Energy Sources: Part A 2011, accepted and in press.

Select Articles in Proceedings and Conference Papers

1.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Factor, M., Lee, S.  Kinetics of supercritical water reformation of ethanol to hydrogen.  In Energy Materials, 2007 Proceedings of the Materials Science and Technology Conference, Greyden Press: Columbus, OH, 2007.
2.       Liu, H., Lee, Y. Wenzel, J.  High-pressure compaction of municipal solid waste to form an upgraded fuel for co-firing at power plants.  Pipeline and Environmental Engineering for the Next Millennium.  Conference, Kansas City, Missouri.  July 23-26, 2000.
3.       Vincent, L., Mabusela, W., Folk, W., Weitz, F., Rottinghaus, G., Mawhinney, T., Khan, I., Lee, S., Wenzel, J., Applequist, W., Gqaleni, N., Johnson,  Q.  Ethnobotanical studies of artemisia afra jacq. ex willd. (african wormwood).  2007 Missouri Life Science Week Poster Session. Conference, Columbia, Missouri.  April 16-20, 2007.
4.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Lee, S.  Control of ethanol dehydration in the supercritical water reforming of ethanol into hydrogen.  AIChE 2008 Spring National Meeting.  Conference, New Orleans. April 6-10, 2008.
5.       Picou, J., Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  Kinetics of noncatalytic water gas shift reaction in a supercritical water medium.  AIChE 2008 Spring National Meeting.  Conference, New Orleans.  April 6-10, 2008.
6.       Wenzel, J., Lanterman, H., Lee, S.  The kinetics of tert-butyl-peroxy-acetate initiated polymerization of 1,1-difluoroethene in a supercritical carbon dioxide medium. AIChE 2008 Annual Meeting. Conference, Philadelphia.  November 16-21, 2008.
7.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Lee, S.  Thermal effects of non-catalytic supercritical water partial oxidation of mid-distillate hydrocarbon fuels.  AIChE 2008 Annual Meeting. Conference, Philadelphia. November 16-21, 2008.
8.       Wenzel, J., Picou, J., Lanterman, H., Tschannen, R., Lee, S.  Control of C2-Hydrocarbon Formation in the Supercritical Water Reformation of Jet Fuel.  AIChE 2009 Annual Meeting.  Conference, Nashville. November 8-13, 2009.
9.       Bouquet, J.; Stever, M.; Picou, J.; Wenzel, J.; Tschannen, R.; Lee, S.  The Effects of Temperature upon the Supercritical Water Reformation of Alcohols for Hydrogen Productions.  AIChE 2010 Annual Meeting.  Conference, Salt Lake City.  November 7-12, 2010.


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