My specific concerns are the development of improved separation processes and controlling the dynamics of biological systems. These interests are complementary in that both are intended to further the growth of biotechnology. Most of my research is long-range and conducted by predoctoral students, but I am increasingly involved in more applied problems.
Separations, though little noted by the public, are vital and expensive components of glamorous new fields, such as biotechnology, and important older industries. They are large consumers of free energy and typically account for 25 to 50 percent of capital cost in the process industry. Perhaps more important are conceptual barriers caused by inadequate understanding of underlying concepts and pertinent technology.