The Members of the Prausnitz Research Group

Recent and Current Visiting Scholars & Postdoctoral Fellows:

Dr. Alberto Arce, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain, Solubility and Diffusivity of Water in Polymers.

Professor Alexey Victorov, University of St. Petersburg, Russia, Theory of bicontinuous polymer phases for contact-lens design.

Dr. Jun Cai, Technical University of Shanghai, Theory of protein adsorption. Phase equilibria in the critical region using continuous thermodynamics.

Professor Fred Tavares, Federal Univ. of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Phase Equilibria in Colloid and Protein Solutions.

Dr. Nicolas Papaiconomou, Univ. of Paris, France, Properties of Ionic Liquids.

Dr. Justin Salminen, Tech. Univ. of Finland, Electrochemical Properties of Ionic Liquids.

Dr. Yuan Qin, Technical Univ. of Shanghai, Statistical Mechanics of Mixtures containing an Ionic Liquid and an Ordinary Fluid.

Mr. Christian Langel, Tech. Univ. of Munich, Polymer-Water Interactions.

Mr. David Keerl, Tech. Univ. of Munich, Fibril Formation of Lysozyme.

Mr. Christian Weinmüller, Tech. Univ. of Munich, Transport of Water in Contact Lenses.

Dr. Grant Fukuda, Nuclear Eng. Dept. UC Berkeley

Ms. Bo Hyun Lee, Technical University of Munich, Synthesis and Study of Ionic Liquids.

Dr. Ali Boushehri, Shiraz University, Iran, Synthesis and Study of Ionic Liquids.

Mr. Moritz von Stosch, University RWTH Aachen, Synthesis and Study of Ionic Liquids.

Dr. Jong-Min Lee, Columbia University, Electrochemical Properties of Ionic Liquids.

Ms. Terhi Rantala, Tech. Univ. of Finland, Electrochemical Properties of Ionic Liquids.

Dr. Elisa Rodríguez Porcel, Univ. of Almería, Spain. Action of an enzyme on an adsorbed protein.

Dr. Vasily Andreev, Removal of tiny particles from silicon wafers.

Sebastian Ruckes, Tech. Univ. Aachen, Properties of Ionic Liquids.

Current Graduate Students:

Mahendra Chhabra, Transport of Oxygen in polymer flims with attention to contact lenses (with Prof. Radke).

Lisa Onishi, Fuel-Cell Membrane Properties at Subambient and Subzero Temperatures (with Prof. Newman.)

Recent Graduates:

Dr. Jianzhong Wu, 1998. Assistant Professor of Chem. Eng., University of California, Riverside.

Dr. Toshi Hino, 1996. Alnis Inc., Emeryville, CA.

Dr. Brooks Boyd, 1998. Medical Technology Company in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dr. Dan Kuehner, 1998. Cholestech Corp., Hayward, CA.

Dr. Robin Curtis, 2000. Chem. Eng. Dept., Univ. of Manchester, England.

Dr. John Grigsby, 2001. Alza Corporation, Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Camille Anderson, 2001. Merck&Co., Rahway, NJ.

Richard Hom (MS) 1999. Junior College Teacher in San Francisco Bay Area.

Van Nguyen (MS) 1999. Chem. Eng. Dept., UCLA.

Dr. Christopher Teske, 2003. Genentech, S. San Francisco.

Dr. Wei Liu 2005. Amgen, Inc., Thousand Oaks, CA.

Dr. Troy Cellmer, 2005. National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Francesco Fornasiero, 2005. Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.

Recent Publications:

Steady-state diffusion of water through soft-contact-lens materials. Biomaterials (2005) 26 5704. (with F. Francesco, F. Krull and C. J. Radke)

Molecular thermodynamics for swelling of a mesoscopic ionomer gel in 1:1 salt solutions. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. (2006) 8, 264-278. With A. Victorov and C. Radke.

Solubilities in ionic liquids and molten salts from a simple perturbed-hard-sphere theory. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., (2006) 45, 5518-5523 with Qin.

Thermodynamic representation of ternary liquid-liquid equilibria near-to and far-from the plait point. FPE 240 (2006) 67-72. with Qin and B.H. Lee.

Effect of single-point sequence alterations on the aggregation propensity of a model protein. J. Am. Chem. Soc. (2006) 128, 1683-1691 (with Bratko, Cellmer and Blanch).

Three-Dimensional Lattice Monte Carlo Simulations of Model Proteins. IV. Proteins at an Oil-Water Interface. Langmuir, (2006) 22, 3265-3272 (with Leonhard and Radke).

Sorption-kinetics and equilibrium uptake for water vapor in soft-contact-lens hydrogels. J Biomed Mater Res A. (2006) May;77(2):230-41. (with Weinmüller, Langel, Fornasiero, Radke).

Post-lens tear-film depletion due to evaporative dehydration of a soft contact lens. Journal of Membrane Science (2006) 275 229-243 (with F. Fornasiero and C.J. Radke)

Aqueous Two-Phase System (ATPS) Containing Gemini (12-3-12,2Br¯) and SDS 1: Phase Diagram and Properties of ATPS, Journal of Dispersion Science and Technology (2006) 27:335-339. (with Hu, Shang and Liu)

Studies of ionic liquids in lithium-ion battery test systems. ECS Transactions (2006) 1 (26) 107-118. (with Salminen and Newman)

Synthesis and Properties of Seven Ionic Liquids Containing 1-Methyl-3-octylimidazolium or 1-Butyl-4- methylpyridinium Cations. J. Chem. Eng. Data (2006) 51, 1389-1393 (with Papaiconomou, Yakelis, Salminen and Bergman).

Effect of Salt Identity on the Phase Diagram for a Globular Protein in Aqueous Electrolyte Solution. J. Phys. Chem. B (2006) 110, 24757-24760 (with M. Boström, F.W. Tavares, B.W. Ninham).

Kinetics of Protein L Aggregation and Disaggregation. Biophysical Chemistry 125 (2007) 350-359. (with H. Blanch, T. Cellmer)

Physico-chemical properties of hydrophobic ionic liquids containing 1-octylpyridinium, 1-octyl-2-methylpyridinium or 1-octyl-4-methylpyridinium cations. Forthcoming J. Chem. Eng. Data (2007) (with J. Salminen, N. Papaiconomou, J.M. Lee)

Molecular Simulation of Protein Aggregation. Biotechnology and Bioengineering (2007) Vol. 96 (1) 1-8 (with D. Bratko, T. Cellmer, and H.W. Blanch)

Effect of Salt Identity on the Phase Diagram for a Globular Protein in Aqueous Electrolyte Solution. J. Phys. Chem. B 2006, 110, 24757-24760 (with M. Boström, F.W. Tavares, B.W. Ninham).

Phase behavior and microstructure of the Gemini (12-3-12,2Br-)-SDS-H2O ternary. Colloids and Surfaces A 2007, 294 203-211. (with Y. Shang, H. Liu, Y. Hu).

Carbon Dioxide in chemical Processes. In Developments and Applications in Solubility, TM Letcher, Ed. Royal Society of Chemistry Publishing 2007. (with J. Salminen)

Protein aggregation in silico. TRENDS in Biotechnology. (2007) 25, 6, 254. (with T. Cellmer, D. Bratko and H.W. Blanch)

Effect of salts on the aqueous two-phase system in mixed solutions of Gemini (12-3-12,2Br-) and sodium dodecyl sulfate. Colloids and Surfaces A 2007, 302, 58-66. (with Y. Shang, H. Liu, Y. Hu).

Physicochemical properties and toxicities of hydrophobic piperidnium and pyrrolidinium ionic liquids. Forthcoming, Fluid Phase Equilibria. (with J. Salminen, N. Papaiconomou, R.A. Kumar, J-M. Lee, J. Kerr).

Selective Extraction of copper, mercury, silver and palladium ions from water using hydrophobic ionic liquids. Forthcoming, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, O’Connell special issue 2007. (with N. Papaiconomou, J-M. Lee, J. Salminen, M. Von Stosch)

Three Frontiers in the Thermodynamics of Protein Solutions. Pure and Applied Chemsitry Vol 79, #8, (2007). (with L. Hagar)


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