Kevin N. West, Ph.D.
 

Kevin N. West, Ph.D.

Professor
Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Dr. West’s research is centered on solution chemistry and molecular thermodynamics, with a specific interest in developing ionic liquids and supercritical fluids as environmentally benign solvents systems for reactions and separations.  The West group utilizes thermodynamic, thermal and phase equilibria measurements and modeling to understand the behavior of these fluids and exploit their unique properties to improve processes by reducing energy use and by decreasing harmful emissions. Current topics of interest include: 

  • Thermally robust ionic liquids for use as solvents and heat transfer fluids
  • Aqueous ionic amine solutions for CO2 capture/air revitalization in spacecraft
  • Ionic liquid enhanced supercritical fluid extraction
  • Anti-microbial textile synthesis

Our group is currently funded by the Department of Energy and NASA.


Education

Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Virginia


Publications

 

Brown, A.S., Bozman, M.E., Hickman, T.J., Hossian, M.I., Glover, T.G., West, K.N., Wheeler West, C. (2019). Superhydrophobic Functionalization of Cotton Fabric via Reactive Dye Chemistry and a Thiol-ene Click Reaction. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.9b03258

Bunge, M.A., Davis, A. B., West, K. N., West, C. W., Glover, T.G. (2018). Synthesis and Characterization of UiO-66-NH2 Metal–Organic Framework Cotton Composite Textiles. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 57(28), 9151-9161.

Rabideau, B. D., West, K. N., Davis, J. H. Making Good on a Promise: Ionic Liquids with Genuinely High Degrees of Thermal Stability. (2018). Chemical Communications, 54(1), 5019-5031.

Soltani, M., Siu, B., Salter, E. A., Wierzbicki, A., West, K. N., Davis, J. H. (2018) Synthesis, thermal stability, and computed bond dissociation energies of tetraarylphosphonium-based mesothermal ionic liquids bearing a quinoline ring system

Cassity, C. A., Siu, B., Soltani, M., McGeeHee, J. L., Strickland, K. J., Vo, M., Salter, E. A., Stenson, A. C., Wierzbicki, A., West, K. N., Rabideau, B. D., Davis, J. H. (2017). The effect of structural modifications on the thermal stability, melting points and ion interactions for a series of tetraarylphosphonium-based mesothermal ionic liquids. Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 19(47), 31560-31571.

 

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Courses

EG 270 Engineering Thermodynamics
ChE 331 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I

ChE 332 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
ChE 351 Process Measurements Lab I
CHE 390/490 Special Topics
CHE 463 Simulation of Chemical Process
CHE 499 Honors Senior Project
ChE 510 Thermodynamics of Chem Systems