Molecular Thermodynamics

John M. Prausnitz

Professor, University of California, Berkeley
Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
BChE, Cornell University
M.S., University of Rochester
Ph.D., Princeton University

Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Univ. of L’Aquila, Italy
Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Tech. Univ. of Berlin, Germany
Honorary Doctor of Science, Princeton University
Honorary Doctor of Engineering, Univ. of Padua, Italy
National Medal of Science

Member, National Academy of Sciences
Member, National Academy of Engineering
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The purpose of our research is to measure, simulate, interpret and correlate thermodynamic properties of a variety of mixtures as required for process and product design in the chemical and related industries, including biotechnology. Toward that end, we obtain experimental data, perform Monte-Carlo molecular simulations and develop molecular-thermodynamic models based on the statistical mechanics of fluids and solids. Attention is given to ionic liquids, polymers, gels, and to proteins in solution and at interfaces. While these research studies contribute to our fundamental understanding of matter, our primary interest is application to industrial chemical engineering design.

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