Dr. John P. O'Connell

Dr. John P. O'Connell

H.D. Forsyth Professor of Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia

John P. O’Connell is the H.D. Forsyth Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Virginia.  He has a BA from Pomona College, BS and MS from MIT, and Ph.D. from U. Calif. (Berkeley).  He was on the faculty at the University of Florida from 1966 - 1988 including Department Chair from 1981-1985.  He has been at Virginia since 1988 including Department Chair from 1988-1993 and 2001-2002.  Professor O’Connell also has been a Visiting Scholar or Faculty in Denmark, The Netherlands, New Zealand, and Portugal.  He has published more than 120 journal articles and coauthored 4 books including “Properties of Gases and Liquids, 5th Ed.” and “Thermodynamics: Fundamentals for Applications”.  He has presented over 185 invited academic and government seminars and workshops in 18 countries as well as 35 lectures and workshops to industries in 7 countries.  His interests have covered molecular thermodynamic modeling for phase equilibrium and physical properties, especially for process design, molecular simulation of micellar structure and of fluid properties, adsorption and surface diffusion, with most recent work on thermodynamics and properties for hydrophobic chromatography bioprocessing, for thermochemical decomposition of water to manufacture hydrogen, and for chemical absorption of CO2.

Professor O’Connell has twice shared the Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education, was part of the team to win the International Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge in 2006, was the ConocoPhillips CHE Education Lecturer at Oklahoma State U. in 2007, named National Outstanding AIChE Student Chapter Advisor with his Chapters selected for National Excellence 12 times, and is a Fellow of AAAS and AIChE.  He is an Editor of the journal Fluid Phase Equilibria.  Among his professional service contributions, he is the AIChE Fellows “Big Wheel”, was MPC of the AIChE Annual Meeting 1989, has been on the Organizing Committees of the Triennial International Conferences on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design for 30 years, and is a member of several NSF and NIST panels.