Kinetics: Experiment, theory, computation

Focus Areas: Molecular modeling and reaction theory. Pyrolysis and combustion chemistry. Chemicals from biomass. Homogeneous catalysis. Molecular industrial chemistry. Data science.

We’re kineticists in this 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 reactive molecular dynamics. At the same time, we’re reaction engineers, choosing reaction targets that are important to applications. Much of our experimental and modeling research is about chemical looping and about converting biomass, synthetic polymers, and PFAS to useful products.

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Dr. Phillip R. Westmoreland2017 picture of Phil Westmoreland

Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

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)

Honors and Awards; CV (30 June 2019)