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Chemical Engineering

Our Research

University of South Carolina chemical engineering professor John Monnier has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a prestigious group of researchers selected for their significant and lasting contributions to the field.  Monnier was one of only 84 researchers nationwide to earn the distinction this year. He joined USC’s College of Engineering and Computing in 2004 after spending a career as a research scientist with Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical companies. His research focuses on catalysis, and he is credited with the discovery of a new chemical compound with hundreds of applications ranging from pharmaceuticals to automotive fuel components.

Research Overview

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Biomedical Engineering

Chemical engineering principals and practices can be applied to biological and medical systems such as biomechanics, biomaterials, and biosensors. Chemical engineers also impact biomedical engineering in the development of aids or replacements for defective or missing body organs.

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Electrochemical Engineering

Electrochemical Engineering includes the study of the conversion of chemical energy into electrical energy and the aspects that are involved in the relationship between electrical and chemical energy including the fundamental science of electrochemistry.

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Materials and Separations

Nanoscience is the study of matter at the nano scale, from 1 to 100 nanometers. At this length scale, traditional engineering and scientific methods may not be applicable. Separations is the study of chemical mixtures and the necessary processes required to isolate specific components of a mixture.

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Catalyst Design and Evaluation

The phenomenon of increasing the rate of a chemical reaction by a chemical present in the reaction medium (homogeneous catalysis), or by a solid surface on which the reaction can occur (heterogeneous catalysis).

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Computational Modeling and Molecular Engineering

Modeling and simulation involves developing mathematical models that simplify a practical problem to a level that it can be understood and simulated on a computer. Modeling and simulation research at USC ranges from the electronic and molecular scale to the simulation of complete chemical plants.