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Princeton professor to present fourth talk in Distinguished Lecture Series

Published Jan 21, 2015

Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science and professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University, will give the fourth lecture in Texas A&M University at Qatar
's 2014-2015 Distinguished Lecture Series Monday (26 Jan.).

Floudas' talk, "Discovery and Computational Characterization of Novel Materials for Shape Selective Separations: Theoretical Advances and Applications,"
 is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. in Lecture Hall 238 at Texas A&M at Qatar.

Floudas is a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems. His research interests lie at the interface of chemical engineering, applied mathematics, and operations research, with principal areas of focus including chemical process synthesis and design, process operations, discrete-continuous nonlinear optimization, local and global optimization, and computational chemistry and molecular biology.

In silico discovery of novel materials such as zeolites and metal organic frameworks, MOFs, offers great promise towards the development of energy and cost efficient separation processes for a plethora of important applications that include carbon dioxide capture, natural gas purification, air separation, propane/propylene, ethane/ethylene, and xylenes separations. In this seminar, Floudas will focus on recent theoretical and computational advances towards the prediction and characterization of zeolites and metal organic frameworks for shape selective separations and catalysis. Part 1 will introduce a geometric and optimization-based framework for the two-dimensional characterization, analysis, and screening of zeolites. Part 2 will address the three-dimensional computational characterization and shape selectivity of zeolites and MOFs. Part 3 will present a new framework for the selection of novel materials for application to carbon dioxide capture through pressure swing adsorption, PSA, and vacuum swing adsorption, VSA, technologies. Part 4 will present computational findings for the discovery of novel materials for natural gas purification from carbon dioxide lean and rich mixtures.

For more information contact Alia Fakhr:, +974.4423.0155.