The purpose of John Prausnitz's research group is to obtain, interpret and correlate thermodynamic properties of a variety of mixtures as required for process and product design in the chemical and related industries, including biotechnology. At present, particular emphasis is given to ionic liquids for producing biofuels, and to development of next-generation contact lenses. Toward that end, they obtain experimental data, perform Monte-Carlo molecular simulations and develop molecular-thermodynamic models based on the statistical mechanics of fluids and solids. Attention is given to natural gas, polymers and protein solutions. While these research studies contribute to our fundamental understanding of condensed matter, primary focus in directed at application for chemical product and process design.
Research Expertise and Interest
biotechnology, chemical engineering, molecular thermodynamics, phase equilibria, Monte-Carlo molecular simulations, statistical mechanics of fluids and solids, transport of water/oxygen/salt in contact lenses