Chemical engineer to talk on molecular modeling issues

Published: Oct 25, 2010 5:00:00 PM
Media Contact: Sally Credille, src0007@auburn.edu, 334-844-3447

Luke Achenie, professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Virginia Tech, will present "Selected Molecular Modeling Issues in Solvents and Chemical Vapor Deposition" on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 3:30 p.m. in 136 Ross Hall. His seminar is a part of Auburn University's 2010 Chemical Engineering Distinguished Seminar Series.

Computer aided product design(CAPD) is an emerging research area that addresses systematic compound design with desired physical or chemical properties. CAPD can help narrow down the scope of compounds for particular applications and to study solvents in pharmaceutical compounds, such as ibuprofen. Achenie will discuss the development of computer-based designer compounds, as well as process flexibility analysis and chemical vapor deposition.

Achenie is considered a pioneer in the field of molecular design. He holds a doctorate in chemical engineering and master's degree in applied mathematics from Carnegie Mellon University. His research interests include process design, molecular modeling, multi-scale modeling, bioinformatics and uncertainty analysis. Achenie has written more than 120 publications throughout his career. He serves as a member of the board of trustees for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

Contributed by Elizabeth Mahaney