Nader Vahdat


Chemical Engineering Department
Tuskegee University
Tuskegee, AL 36088
Tel (334) 727-8978


SUMMARY

Twenty years of experience in Chemical Engineering Education and research. Expertise include: Adsorption of vapors and liquids on solids and its application in air pollution monitoring, water and waste water treatment and analysis, and respirator cartridges; Chemical polymer interaction with application in protective clothing materials, and membrane separation; Development of air monitoring instruments for aerosols and vapors; Development of fire extinguishing agents

EDUCATION

Ph.D. - University of Manchester, England; Chemical Engineering

M.S. - University of California, Berkeley ; Chemical Engineering   

B.S. - Abadan Institute of Technology ; Chemical Engineering

EMPLOYMENT

1981-Present - Tuskegee University, Professor of Chemical Engineering

1979-1980 - University of Wisconsin, Madison, Chemical Engineering

1975-1979 - Abadan Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Consultant for chemical engineering, environmental and safety projects

Major clients - Phillips Petroleum (Bartlesville OK), American Technology (Baltimore MD), Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (CA)

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

Member American Institute of Chemical Engineers

Member American Society of Testing and Materials

Licensed Professional Engineer (Alabama Certificate No 16174).

EXPERIENCES:

  1. Air Pollution and Water Treatment
    Design of adsorption columns for removing pollutants from air or water.  Development of chemical exposure monitors; use of solid adsorbents to  determine levels of pollutants in air.
  2. Air Monitoring Instruments
    Development of air monitoring instruments for aerosols and vapors.  Projects in progress include real-time air monitoring instrument for beryllium using Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy, development of a gas detection system for NASA Kennedy Space Center.
  3. Permeation of chemicals through polymers, Measurement of permeation  rate, diffusion coefficient and solubility. Permeation of multicomponent  mixtures through elastomers. Prediction of transport properties (e.g.  diffusion coefficient) from the properties of polymers and chemicals.
  4. Membrane Separations
    Separation of organic compounds by polymeric membranes. Transport  mechanism of small molecules in polymers. Membrane processes  for the separation of gas and liquid mixtures. Pervaporation-Application  of membrane technologies to industrial membrane process.
  5. Adsorption
    Adsorption of mulicomponent mixtures on solids, Development of a  model to predict the adsorption of binary mixtures on solids.
  6. Fire Extinguishing agents
    Development of alternatives for halon replacements.

 
PUBLICATIONS

  1. “Chemical Reaction Experiment of the Anthracene Hydrogen System for Undergraduate Laboratory."  Chemical Engineering Education, 2l (l), 30 (l987).
  2. "Permeation of Polymeric Materials by Toluene."  Am. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J., 50  (3), (l989).
  3. "Permeation of Polymeric Materials by Methylene Chloride and Perchloroethylene", Am. Ind., Hyg. Assoc. J., 48 (7), 646 (l987).
  4. "Decontamination of Chemical Protective Clothing", Am. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J., 50 (3), l52 (l989).
  5. "Estimation of Diffusion Coefficients for Solute-Polymer Systems", J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 42, 3l65 (l99l).
  6. "Permeation of Binary Liquid Mixtures Through Elastomers", J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 44, l233-l243 (l992).
  7.  "Solubility of Binary Liquid Mixtures in Polymeric Materials", J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 50, 1833-1839 (1993).
  8.  "Prediction of Adsorption of Binary Mixtures on Adsorbents used in Respirator Cartridges and Air Sampling Monitors" Am. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J., 55, 909-917 (1994).
  9. "Adsorption Capacity and Thermal Desorption Efficiency of Selected Adsorbents " Am. Ind. Hyg. Assoc. J., 56, 32-38 (1995).
  10.  “Permeation of Chemicals Through Glove Box Glove Materials” Appl. Occup. Environ. Hyg., 10 (11), 943-950 (1995).
  11. “Theoretical Studies of the Performance of Activated Carbon in the Presence of Binary vapor Mixtures”, Carbon, 35, 1545 -1557 (1997).
  12. “Estimation of Permeation Rate of Chemicals Through Elastometric Materials”, J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 79, 1265 – 1272 (2001).
  13. “Fire Protection with Bromoalkene/Nitrogen Mixtures”, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 40, 4649-4653 (2001).
  14. “Effectiveness of Bromoalkene/Inert gas Mixtures as Total Flooding Agents”, Halon Options Technical Working Conference, Albuquerque, NM, 24 - 26 April 2001.
  15. “Fire Extinguishing Ability of 1-Bromo-1 Propane and 1-Methoxynonafluorobutane Evaluated by Cup Burner Method”, Journal of Fluorine Chemistry, 111, 33-40 (2001).
  16. “Theoretical study of the performance of activated carbon in the presence of binary vapor mixtures”, in Activated Carbon Compendium, Harry Marsh, Editor, PP. 187-199, Elsevier, New York (2001).
  17. “Estimation of extinguishing concentration of binary agents”, Proceedings of Halon Options Technical Working Conference, April 29 – May 2, 2002, Albuquerque, NM.
  18.  “Effectiveness of new binary agents”, Fire Safety Journal 38, 553-567 (2003).
  19. “Chemical Reaction Engineering Education at Tuskegee University”, Topical Conference Proceedings, AIChE Annual Meeting Los Angeles, 12-17 November 2000, R.P. Hesketh, C. S. Howat and D.S. Dixon Editors. American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 2000.
  20.  “Characterization of Pseudoplastic liquids with a novel viscometer”, Presented at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, November 16-21, 2003, San Francisco, CA.
  21. “A novel viscometer and its viscometer equation characterizing pseudoplastic liquids”, Presented at the annual meeting of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, November 16-21, 2003, San Francisco, CA.
  22.  “A Self Assessment of Computer Science Education in a Chemical Engineering Curriculum”, Proceedings of the 2004 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference and Exposition, American Society for Engineering Education, June 20 – 23, 2004.
  23.  “Rheological Characterization of Power-Law Fluids with a Novel Viscometer”, Proceedings of the 2004 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, AIChE, November 7 – 12 (2004).
  24. “Replacing Figures and Tables for Engineering Design with Simple In-House Developed Computer Software”, Proceedings of the 2004 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, AIChE, November 7 – 12 (2004)
  25. “Developing Simple Viscosity Experiments for High School Science Classes”, Proceedings of the 2004 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, AIChE, November 7 – 12 (2004).
  26. “Incorporating Experiments on Characterizing Non-Newtonian Fluids into the Undergraduate Curriculum”, Proceedings of the 2004 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting, AIChE, November 7 – 12 (2004).