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 work is about biomass conversion to liquid fuels and about their clean use. We’re also involved in pollutant prevention from fossil fuels, polymer stability, and GWP/ozone-safe chemicals.


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)