Noah D. Meeks is a Research Engineer at Southern Company, one of the country’s largest electric utilities and an industry leader in electric power research and innovation. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Northern Kentucky University in 2005, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from University of Kentucky in 2012, under the direction of Prof. DB Bhattacharyya.
Since joining Southern Company after graduation, Dr. Meeks has led research efforts for environmental controls on coal-based electric power generation. These include development of mercury sorbent technology, particulate and condensable control, and acid gas neutralization.
He oversees projects at the Mercury Research Center at the Plant Crist in Gulf Power, and a state-of-the-art Pilot High-Sulfur Baghouse facility at Plant Bowen in Georgia Power, in addition to a Wet Electrostatic Precipitator with Membrane Plates, located at the Water Research Center, also at Plant Bowen. He continues to pursue advanced environmental control technology, and enhance its development through collaborations with Electric Power Research Institute and industry partners.
His graduate research involved functionalized silica-based materials for environmental applications. His work included publications on sulfur-functionalized silica for mercury vapor sorption, sulfur-functionalized oxide-coated carbon materials for aqueous mercury sorption, mixed matrix membranes for aqueous mercury sorption, and sulfonate-functionalized silica as a support for reactive iron nanoparticles.
Dr. Meeks is a Director of the Environmental Division and member of the Separations Division, and has been a member of AIChE since 2005. He is currently Chairman of the AIChE Virtual Local Section, having served in other roles since the VLS founding in 2011, as well as a member of the Young Professionals Committee.
In addition to AIChE, he is a member of the American Chemical Society.