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Insights from Magnetic Resonance Applied to Chemical Engineering Problems

Tuesday, December 8, 2020, 6:00pm MST
Virtual / Online

TOPIC: Insights from Magnetic Resonance Applied to Chemical Engineering Problems

SPEAKER: Dr. Hilary Fabich, PhD 

DATE: Tuesday, December 8, 2020

TIME: 6:00 Career Discussion    

              6:15-7:15 Presentation and Q&A

LOCATION: Online Webex Meeting

COST: Free, Registration required below


Magnetic resonance (MR) has well-known applications in the worlds of chemistry and medicine, such as the use of NMR to determine molecular structures and using MRI to investigate the human brain. Although these applications are wildly different, they are based on the same core physical principles.  This presentation will give an overview of how MR works and then discuss how the versatility of MR allows it to be applied to problems in chemical engineering such as studying granular systems, in-situ chemistry at extreme conditions, and flow of supercritical fluids.


Dr. Hilary Fabich is the president of ABQMR, a small research company in Albuquerque, NM that provides research services and one-of-a-kind fabrication of magnetic resonance (MR) devices.  ABQMR's niche is the application of MR physics to unusual analytical challenges in systems as diverse as high temperature and pressure chemistry, granular flow, and plant roots in the agricultural field.

Hilary is originally from Livingston, MT and attended Montana State University (MSU) for her undergraduate degree in chemical engineering.  She spent four years as an undergraduate researcher in the MR lab at MSU where she discovered her love for research.  This was strengthened during a summer as an REU student at Harvard University.  Following her victory lap (5th year) at MSU, she accepted a position as a researcher at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden.  After six months in Sweden, she started her PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK as a Gates-Cambridge Scholar.  During her PhD she developed a rapid MR imaging method to track bubble formation in fluidized beds.  Hilary joined ABQMR as a postdoc, using MR to study supercritical fluids, before accepting a scientist position and later being elected as company president.  She thoroughly enjoys exploring unique applications of MR at ABQMR and, when not at work, all that New Mexico's wild places have to offer.