Richard F. Cope | AIChE

Richard F. Cope

Richard Cope is a Process Consultant for Mixing at SPX FLOW Lightnin Mixers. He joined Lightnin in 2020 after more than 19 years with The Dow Chemical Company, and 7.5 years with bio-pharmaceutical companies Eli Lilly and Co. and Alkermes, Inc. Richard holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University. He is a co-author of sixteen technical papers and two encyclopedia chapters, and holds seven US and world patents for the design of mixers and mixing impellers including the award-winning KT-3 tickler. He has expanded and enhanced mixing capabilities in numerous facilities producing such products as polymer resins and films, agricultural chemicals, bio-pharmaceutical and fine chemicals, electronic materials, food supplements, ceramic monoliths, and personal care products. His areas of expertise include liquid-liquid dispersion, solid suspension and distribution, gas-liquid mixing (e.g., extraction and fermentation), chemical reactor design and scaling (up and down), high-shear mixing, and pipeline static mixers. He is experienced in both experimental methods and computer modeling. He co-conceived and designed an experiment conducted on the International Space Station to help address the draw down and wetting out of floating solids. Richard is currently a council member and Treasurer of the North American Mixing Forum.