Aerosol reaction engineering topic of WashU workshop

Washington University in St. Louis will host scientists and engineers to focus on aerosol reaction engineering May 24 and 25 at the second annual CASE Workshop.

The workshop, hosted by the Center for Aerosol Science and Engineering (CASE) in the School of Engineering & Applied Science and held in Brauer Hall Room 12, will cover the fundamentals of the discipline as it relates to the formation and growth of particles in gas-phase reactors, their measurement using a spectrum of real-time aerosol instruments, and the characterization of the produced powders and thin films.

Presentations will cover the basic and state-of-the-art knowledge and help to identify the gaps and future directions. In addition to faculty from the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering (EECE) and CASE, several speakers from industry will also make presentations, including Srikanth Kommu, senior vice president and chief technology officer at SunEdison Corp. and a member of the EECE advisory board; Sotiris Pratsinis, professor of chemical engineering at ETH Zurich; and Toivo Kodas, executive director of new business development, technology scouting and competency management at Cabot Corp. There also will be lab demonstrations of state-of-the-art instrumentation. Companies such as TSI Inc., a sponsor of the workshop, will demonstrate the latest innovations in particle measurement in conjunction with the CASE faculty.

The workshop is open to students and those from industry, academia and government agencies or laboratories.

CASE is led by a core group of eight faculty, including Richard Axelbaum, the Stifel & Quinette Jens Professor of Environmental Engineering Science; Pratim Biswas, the Lucy & Stanley Lopata Professor and chair of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering; Rajan Chakrabarty, assistant professor; Rudolf Husar, professor; Benjamin Kumfer, research assistant professor; Elijah Thimsen, assistant professor; Jay Turner, associate professor; and Brent Williams, assistant professor, all in the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering. The core group is connected with faculty in other WashU schools and departments, as well as to 30 other universities through the McDonnell Academy Global Energy and Environmental Partnership (MAGEEP).

The School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis focuses intellectual efforts through a new convergence paradigm and builds on strengths, particularly as applied to medicine and health, energy and environment, entrepreneurship and security. With 88 tenured/tenure-track and 40 additional full-time faculty, 1,300 undergraduate students, more than 900 graduate students and more than 23,000 alumni, we are working to leverage our partnerships with academic and industry partners — across disciplines and across the world — to contribute to solving the greatest global challenges of the 21st century.