The American Institute of Chemical Engineers has selected its John M. Prausnitz AIChE Institute Lecturer for 2016: Doros N. Theodorou, professor of chemical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. Theodorou will deliver the inaugural Prausnitz Institute Lecture on Nov. 16 at AIChE’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California.
In his presentation, titled “Molecular Modeling of Materials: A Chemical Engineer’s Perspective,” Theodorou will focus on how the molecular modeling of polymeric and nanostructured materials is transforming industries from microelectronics to automobiles.
Theodorou began his career in 1986 at the University of California, Berkeley, where he directed research on polymer-surface interactions at the Center for Advanced Materials of the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. In 1995, he moved to the University of Patras (Greece), and in 2002 he joined the National Technical University as professor of chemical engineering and director of the Computational Materials Science and Engineering Group.
Theodorou’s research focuses on computational techniques for understanding and predicting properties of materials based on their chemical constituents. He has authored, co-authored or edited more than 160 research papers, 26 book chapters and review articles, and the books “Simulation Methods for Polymers” (with M.J. Kotelyanskii) and “Diffusion in Nanoporous Materials” (with J. Κärger and D.M. Ruthven). In 2015, Theodorou was elected to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.
His work has been recognized with the Presidential Young Investigator Award of the Νational Science Foundation, the Science Award of the Bodossakis Foundation in chemistry, the Bird/Stewart/Lightfoot Lectureship of the University of Wisconsin, and the Danckwerts Lectureship, which is co-sponsored by AIChE, Elsevier, the Institution of Chemical Engineers and the European Federation of Chemical Engineering.
Theodorou holds a diploma in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MS and PhD in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
AIChE’s Institute Lecture is presented annually by a distinguished member of the Institute who has made significant contributions to the chemical engineering sciences. In 2016, the lectureship was endowed by the AIChE Foundation and renamed in honor of John M. Prausnitz, professor of chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, who pioneered the field of engineering-oriented molecular thermodynamics.
About AIChE: AIChE is a professional society of more than 53,000 chemical engineers in 110 countries. Its members work in corporations, universities and government using their knowledge of chemical processes to develop safe and useful products for the benefit of society. Through its varied programs, AIChE continues to be a focal point for information exchange on the frontier of chemical engineering research in such areas as nanotechnology, sustainability, hydrogen fuels, biological and environmental engineering, and chemical plant safety and security. More information about AIChE is available at www.aiche.org.