Cornell University

Chemical Engineering Seminar: Ryan L. Hartman (New York University)

Monday, August 28, 2017 at 9:00am

Olin Hall, 165 120 Olin Hall

Dr. Ryan L. Hartman
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, New York University

"Multiphase Microreaction Engineering with Online Analytics for Chemicals, Energy, and Materials"


Engineering novel tools for the discovery of science and translation of the new knowledge from the laboratory to application are societal challenges.  Our laboratory helps address these challenges through the field of catalysis and reaction engineering.  The design of novel experimental methodologies for direct measurements in flow have the potential to reduce the amount of chemical waste generated, minimize the building space and energy requirements, expedite information, and yield more accurate predictive mathematical models during discovery, development, and manufacture.  This so called “process intensification” has merit to revolutionize our understanding of chemicals and materials that have global impacts.  Microfluidics with online characterization techniques can be considered as the appropriate experimental tools, and the systems are often heterogeneous.

This three-part seminar will commence with a brief introduction followed by our discoveries on i) green chemical reaction engineering, ii) multiphase microfluidics with in situ Raman spectroscopy, iii) and microsystems design for chemicals and materials in the energy and environmental sciences.  In Part I, concepts drawn from organometallic C-C cross-couplings, water as an unconventional reaction solvent, and process intensification will be examined.  Reaction interfaces confined in micro-scale flows sometimes behave differently than unconfined ones.  In response, Part II will present our recent work on the design of microfluidics with in situ Raman spectroscopy to understand confined non-polar solvent/water and methane/water interfaces.  Microsystems with online spectroscopic methods also have tremendous potential for understanding chemicals and materials in the energy and environmental sciences.  In Part III, we will examine flash crystallizations of methane hydrates with high-pressure sub-cooled microsystems that reveal the contribution of mass transport on the crystal growth kinetics.  Packed-bed microfluidics with online analytics for the discovery of methane activation catalysis and asphaltenes nanosheet size distributions will also be discussed.  The seminar will conclude with a discussion of emerging trends in catalysis and reaction engineering.

Bio: Ryan L. Hartman is Assistant Professor and Faculty Engineer in Residence in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at New York University. Prof. Hartman completed his postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge), his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University (Houghton).  He is the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Programming Chair of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.  He was recently honored as Visiting Assistant Professor of the Institute of Condensed Matter Chemistry of Bordeaux (ICMCB) CNRS.  Previously, Hartman was Assistant Professor and Reichhold-Shumaker Fellow in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at The University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa).  He is also a winner of the NSF CAREER Award and member of the National Academy of Inventors.  Hartman returned to academia following his private sector career with Schlumberger Limited.

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