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Life at the Intersection of Chemistry and Mathematics

by

Jim Silva
GE Global Research Center

October 27, 2008
4:30 pm
Bailey Hall 207

Refreshments will be served at 4:15 in Bailey 204


Abstract:

Exploratory synthesis of new materials such as engineering thermoplastics and nanomaterials is typically performed in small-scale laboratory experiments and often yields very attractive results. However, translating lab results into large-scale, commercial chemical reactors requires a clear understanding of phenomena such as chemical reaction kinetics and heat transfer. By combining mathematical descriptions of each phenomenon with basic laws of mass and energy conservation, we are able to develop chemical reactor models that are useful in designing larger scale experiments and commercial reactors. This talk describes three types of chemical reactors and demonstrates modeling of their behavior, sometimes giving surprising results.


For additional information, send e-mail to math@union.edu or call (518) 388-6246.
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