Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

Third Annual Thomas Bell Lectureship in honor of Dr. Donald J. Harvey.

2019 Bell Lecturer: Dr. Joan Brennecke, Univeristy of Texas

The Thomas Bell Lectureship in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering was established in 2017 in honor of former CSU chemical engineering faculty member, Dr. Donald J. Harvey as a result of a generous donation from CSU alumnus Mr. Thomas Bell. The Third Annual Bell Lecture will be given by Dr. Joan Brennecke, Professor of Chemical Engineering, April 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM in Washkewicz Hall 405. Immediately following the lecture will be a reception in WH 405 from 3-5 pm with tours available of the recently completed phase II of Washkewicz Hall.  All are invited to attend. 

Join us for the Department Reception and a Tour of the Washkewicz Hall! Visit with alumni, faculty, and friends!


Dr. Joan Brennecke

Ionic Liquids for Chemical Separations.

Dr. Joan BrenneckeDr. Joan Brennecke earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin and then completed her M.S.  and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Brennecke is currently a professor at the University of Texas at Austin in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. She holds the Cockrell Family Chair in Engineering.

Dr. Brennecke was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2012.  She has received numerous other honors and awards throughout her career, including: NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award;  the American Chemical Society Ipatieff Prize; the AIChE Professional Progress Award; the J.M.Prausnitz Award from PPEPPD; the E.V. Murphree Award; the E.O. Lawrence Award; the Julius Steiglitz Award; and the College of Engineering Outstanding Teacher of the Year from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Brennecke has given the AIChE Area 1a Keynote address and has been a Kavli Lecturer at the ACS National Meeting.  She has published many articles on ionic liquids and their interaction with carbon dioxide and other substances.

Dr. Joahn Brennecke’s current research interests are in the development of more environmentally friendly solvents and processes. Of particular interest is the use of ionic liquids and carbon dioxide for extractions, separations, and reactions. Professor Brennecke’s group has been investigating the phase behavior of ionic liquids and has shown that nonvolatile organic products can be separated from them without resorting to the use of traditional volatile organic solvents, as had been done previously. They have also shown that various gases have vastly different solubilities in ILs so they can be used for performing gas separations, either in a conventional absorber/stripper configuration or by using a supported liquid membrane. The overall goal of this work is to understand how the choice of anion, cation and substituents on the cation affects thermophysical properties and phase behavior. Current work focuses on the design and testing of new ionic liquids that possess particularly desirable physical property and phase behavior characteristics, necessary for important separation problems and for use as electrolytes.


Dr. Donald J. Harvey

Dr. HarveyDr. Donald J. Harvey received a BS in Chemical Engineering, MS in Mathematics, MS in Chemical Engineering, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering, all from the University of Michigan. Dr. Harvey joined Cleveland State University as an Assistant Professor in 1968. He taught nearly every course in the undergraduate chemical engineering curriculum (Material and Energy Balances, Thermodynamics, Transport I and II, Chemical Kinetics, Physical Chemistry, Unit Operations Lecture and Lab, Process Control, Numerical Methods) as well as graduate courses (Reactor Design, Engineering Thermodynamics, Dynamic Computer Simulation).  While at CSU, Dr. Harvey developed a dynamic simulation of a quad-evaporative system for caustic production for the Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company, which then hired him away from CSU in 1977. In 1985, he moved from Diamond Shamrock to Lubrizol, where he worked on the simulation of kinetics and plant operations in their pilot plant. He stayed at Lubrizol until his retirement in 1996.  He resides in Mentor, Ohio, with his wife of 61 years, Carol Harvey.  

Thomas Bell

Thomas BellThomas “Tom” Bell grew up in Lakewood, Ohio, graduating from Lakewood High School in 1968. After a brief stint working in the local steel industry, he attended Cleveland State University from 1969 to 1974, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering. During his college days he worked as a co-op engineer for the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corporation (now Praxair, soon to be merged with Linde AG). His early career focused on manufacturing positions in coke byproducts, specialty chemicals, and polymers working for US Steel and Air Products & Chemicals. In 1982 he graduated from CSU with an MBA while managing a manufacturing facility in Cleveland, and was transferred to Air Product’s corporate offices into a commercial position. In 1986 he moved into the synthetic rubber industry with Polysar and later DSM Elastomers (now Arlanxeo). His last corporate position was with Kuraray Corporation, a producer of high performance styrenic block copolymers, as the commercial director for the Americas. Mr. Bell started his current business, S & T Group LLC, as a marketing services consultant and trader in the synthetic elastomers industry in 2009. He currently works with major and small polymer manufacturing and consuming entities in the development of new products, markets and customers.


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