Kinetics by experiment, theory, and computation

We’re kineticists in my group, curious about how reactions take place at the molecular scale in gas and condensed phases. To make these discoveries, we variously apply sophisticated experiments, computational quantum chemistry, reactive-flow modeling, and our novel “Reactive Molecular Dynamics” method. At the same time, we’re reaction engineers, choosing kinetics targets that are important to applications. Much of our work is about biomass conversion to liquid fuels and about their clean use. We’re also involved in hypergolic rocket science, pollutant prevention from fossil fuels, polymer breakdown, and ozone-safe chemicals.

Dr. Phillip R. Westmoreland

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Director, Southeast Regional Manufacturing Center, Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute

B.S. Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University (1973)
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University (1974)
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1986)

Focus Areas

Molecular Modeling and Reaction Theory. Combustion Research. Biofuels.

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London
  • 2015 Professeur Invité at the École Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC), University of Lorraine
  • 2013 President, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2009 Director’s Award for Collaborative Integration, National Science Foundation (shared)
  • 2008 Gary Leach Award, AIChE (to the Centennial Celebration Committee)
  • 2007 George R. Lappin Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2006 Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, UMass Amherst College of Engineering
  • 2005 Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2005 David A. Shirley Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
  • 2005 Who’s Who among America’s Teachers
  • 2002 William H. Corcoran Award, American Society for Engineering Education
  • 2001 Materials Science Academic Award, MSI
  • 2000 Discovery Magazine Awards, Top Ten Semifinalist for Technological Innovation
  • 1996 Magellan 3-Star Web Site Author Award
  • 1992 Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, UMass Amherst College of Engineering
  • 1992 BCR / R. A. Glenn Award for Best Paper, A.C.S. Fuel Chemistry Division
  • 1991 NATE Award (Central New England Section AIChE Tribute to Excellence)
  • 1990-1995 Presidential Young Investigator Award, National Science Foundation
  • 1990 General Electric Outstanding Teaching Award, UMass Amherst College of Engineering
  • 1977 National Public Relations Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers