Chemical engineering seminar to discuss experiments using electrodeposition

Published: Nov 4, 2009 5:22:00 PM
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Auburn University's Department of Chemical Engineering will host a seminar on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 3:30 p.m. in 136 Ross Hall. Richard Alkire, Charles J. and Dorothy G. Prizer Chair Emeritus in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the University of Illinois will present "Additive Effects on Nucleation and Growth during Electrodeposition: Experiments and Multiscale Simulations" and will discuss recent experimental and numerical work related to the field. Alkire is the latest speaker in the department's inaugural Basore Distinguished Lectureship and Visitation Program.

Well-engineered electrodeposition processes are typically designed with the aid of mathematical models to obtain the macroscopic current and potential distribution. Alkrie will discuss integrating experimental data with high-performance computing and multiscale modeling and the need for next-generation algorithms that are computationally efficient for multiscale mathematical models of realistic systems and high-throughput experimental methods. He will examine the role of additives on microscopic stochastic events and macroscopic continuum phenomena in copper electrodeposition systems with on-chip interconnectors.

Alkrie received degrees in chemical engineering from Lafayette College, the University of California-Berkeley and the Max Planck Institut für physikalische Chemie in Göttingen. His research interests include electrochemical reaction and transport processes associated with shape change during electrodeposition and corrosion, as well as the use of high-performance computing for multiscale modeling and design of electrochemical systems.

Contributed by Cassity Hughes