Wilhite elected to ISCRE board of directors

Benjamin Wilhite, associate professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected to the board of directors for the International Symposia on Chemical Reaction Engineering (ISCRE), the premier organization in the field of chemical reaction engineering.

WilhiteWilhite, who is the youngest member on the highly distinguished 12-person board, conducts research that focuses on understanding and manipulating interactions between chemical kinetics and transport processes for process intensification, primarily in the area of microreactors for portable power and membrane reactors for sustainable energy.

His field of study - reaction engineering - is the discipline that quantifies the interactions of transport phenomena and kinetics in relating reactor performance to operating conditions and feed variables. Chemical reaction engineering results in a general methodology useful in approaching a variety of systems where engineering of reactions is needed, ranging from the petrochemicals industry to sustainable energy technologies to understanding metabolic pathways in biological systems.

The first International Symposia on Chemical Reaction Engineering was held in 1970 in Washington, D.C. It was organized by Ken Bischoff and Gilbert Froment, who is an Emeritus Research Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. Since that time, the symposium has alternated locations every two years between Europe and the United States.

In 2002, the symposium was organized in China, marking its first time in the Asia-Pacific region. The next symposium is scheduled to be held September 2012 in the Netherlands.