Professor, Roberto C. Goizueta Chair   for Excellence in Chemical Engineering, and GRA Eminent Scholar in Membranes

          

Dr. William J. Koros

Contact Info
Email: wjk@chbe.gatech.edu
Phone: 404.385.2845 (office)
Other: 404.385.7568 (BH388)
Fax: 404.385.2683
Address: School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Georgia Institute of Technology
311 Ferst Dr. NW
Atlanta, GA 30332
Office: 447 Bunger-Henry
Other: Google Scholar
       Curriculum Vitae

Background

William J. Koros is The GRA Eminent Scholar in Membranes and the Roberto C. Goizueta Chair for Excellence in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Koros received his Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Texas in 1969 and worked in the Engineering Department of the E. I. DuPont Company for the next four years. He entered graduate school in 1973 and upon completion of his studies in 1977 joined the faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department at the North Carolina State University as an Assistant Professor.

While at NCSU, Dr. Koros received the Sigma XI Award for research accomplishments in 1980 and was selected as one of the university's fourteen Outstanding Teachers that same year. He played an active role in committees for teaching effectiveness and academic programs. In 1983, Dr. Koros received the Alcoa Foundation Award for Outstanding Research Accomplishments and was promoted to the rank of Professor in August 1983. In 1984 he moved to The University of Texas at Austin where he served as Chairman of Chemical Engineering from 1993 to 1997.

Dr. Koros joined the School of Chemical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001. He served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Membrane Science for 17 years from 1991-2008. He has published over 300 articles and holds 22 US Patents in the areas of sorption and transport of small molecules in membranes, barrier materials and sorbents. His research has been recognized by the AIChE Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology in 1995, the AIChE Separation Division Clarence Gerhold Award in 1999 and the AIChE William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature. He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 2000, and was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2002 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2003. In 2008, Dr. Koros received the Alan S. Michaels Award for Innovation in Membrane Science and Technology from the North American Membrane Society. He is one of 12 KAUST Investigators selected worldwide to help launch the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia focused on solving key problems facing mankind.


Research Focus

My group is a leader in the creation of materials for use in advanced membrane, sorbent and barrier applications. The underlying theme in all of these topics is the understanding and control of thermodynamic partitioning and molecular movement processes. Polymers are generally a feature in all of the work in my group; however, the detailed materials can vary greatly depending upon the ultimate use that is desired. Highly glassy materials and hybrid inorganic-polymer materials are often topics we consider, since they offer diverse properties that can be engineered. Moreover pyrolysis of selected polymers to form glassy carbons is increasingly important in our studies due to the combination of molecular sieving and ease of processing they offer. For barriers, sheets are most commonly studied; however for membranes and sorbents, fibers are popular in our group. For membranes and sorbents, control of nanoscopic morphology in the fiber wall is critically important and is a special focus of our group.


Education
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1969, University of Texas - Austin
  • M.S. Chemical Engineering, 1975, University of Texas - Austin
  • Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, 1977, University of Texas - Austin
Employment
  • 2001-present, Roberto C. Goizueta Chair in Chemical Engineering and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Membranes, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 1991-2001, B. F. Goodrich Professor in Materials Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1993-1997, Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1991-1993, Associate Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1990-1991, Z. D. Bonner Professor in Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1986-1990, Paul D. & Betty Robertson Meek & American Petrofina Foundation Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1984-2001, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1983-1984, Professor of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1980-1983, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1977-1980, Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 1973-1977, Graduate School, The University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • 1971-1973, Chemical Engineer in Polymer Processing Development Group, E. I. Du Pont Co., Camden, South Carolina
  • 1969-1971, Chemical Engineer in Polymer Processing Group, E. I. Du Pont Co., Wilmington, Delaware
Memberships
  • National Academy of Engineering
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • North American Membrane Society
  • European Membrane Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Registered Professional Engineer in Texas
  • American Chemical Society
  • Materials Research Society
  • Society of Plastics Engineering
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Xi
  • Tau Beta Pi
  • TAPPI



Honors
  • 2012 Jack A. Gerster Memorial Lectureship Award, University of Delaware
  • 2011 First KAIST CBE Global Distinguished Lectureship Award, KAIST
  • 2011 63rd Institute Lecturer Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2011 30th Blue-Green Seminar Award, University of Michigan & Michigan State University
  • 2010 William H. Walker Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2008 Alan S. Michaels Award, North American Membrane Society
  • 2008 King Abdullah University of Science & Technology Investigator Award
  • 2005 Patten Distinguished Lecturer Award, University of Colorado, Boulder
  • 2004 Chemcon Distinguished Lecturer Award, India-US Joint Meeting, Mumbai India
  • 2004 Distinguished Visiting Professorship, Universidad Ibero-Americana, Mexico
  • 2004 Selected Faculty Member of the Year by Georgia Tech Graduate Student Government
  • 2003 Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2002 Elected Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • 2000 Elected to National Academy of Engineering
  • 2000 Who's Who in America
  • 2000 University of Texas at Austin Distinguished Graduate Award
  • 2000 University of Texas - Chemical Engineering, Alumni-Selected Teaching Award
  • 1999 AIChE Separations Division Clarence Gerhold Award
  • 1995 AIChE's Institute Award for Excellence in Industrial Gases Technology
  • 1991 Halliburton Engineering Faculty Award
  • 1990 General Dynamics Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1989 Tau Beta Pi Outstanding Teaching Award
  • 1988 University of Texas Outstanding Young Texas Ex Award
  • 1987 Engineering Foundation Research Award, 1987
  • 1987 College of Engineering Faculty Leadership Award, 1987
  • 1984 NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1984
  • 1983 Alcoa Foundation Research Achievement Award, 1983
  • 1983 Tau Beta Pi Distinguished Chapter Advisor Award, 1983
  • 1980 Sigma Xi Outstanding Young Scientist Research Award, 1980
  • 1980 North Carolina State University Outstanding Teacher Award, 1980
Boards and Major Meetings Organized
  • Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Journal of Membrane Science, (2008 - Present)
  • Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Membrane Science, (1991 - 2008)
  • Editor, Learning in Industry Feature, Chemical Engineering Education (1997 - Present)
  • Editorial Board, Polymer Contents (2003 - Present)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2006 - 2008)
  • Secretary of Society, North American Membrane Society (1987 - 2004)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Macromolecular Science (1998 - 2004)
  • Chair- Gas & Gas-Liquid Separations, International Membrane Conference, Sydney (2003)
  • Chair- Separations, South African Chemical Engineering Congress (2003)
  • Co-Chair, IUPAC Membrane Working Group (1992 - 1997)
  • Chairman, Gordon Research Conference on Membranes (1989)
Plenary, Keynote, and Significant Invited Lectures (past 5 years)
  • Keynote Lecture on Membranes, 7th Sino-US Conference, Beijing, China, Oct. 2013
  • Keynote Lecture on Shale Gas Separations, 7th Sino-US Conference, Beijing, China, Oct. 2013
  • Keynote Lecture, 6th International Zeolite Membrane Meeting, Jeju Island, Korea, June 2013
  • Plenary Lecture, Congress of the Mexican Polymer Society, Merida, Mexico, Nov. 2012
  • Jack A. Gerster Memorial Lecture, University of Delaware, Newark, DE. Sept. 2012
  • Zhejiang Distinguished Invited Lecture, Zhejiang, China, May 2012
  • University of Connecticut Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Univ. Conn, Feb. 2012
  • Bill & Ann Doumas/Dow Endowed Lecture, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA , Dec. 2011
  • 30th Blue Green Lecture, University of Michigan & Michigan State, Ann Arbor, MI. Nov. 2011
  • Inaugural KAIST Global Distinguished Lecture, Daejeon, South Korea. Nov. 2011
  • 63rd AICHE Institute Lecture, Minneapolis, MN. Oct. 2011
  • Invited Lecture Dow-Corning Technical Advisory Board, Midland, MI Oct. 2011
  • Plenary Lecture, 25th Biennial Meeting of the IOP Polymer Physics, Guildford, U.K. Sept. 2011
  • Demokritos Research Center 50th Anniversary Invited Speaker, Athens, Greece, April 2011
  • Plenary Lecture, Second Congress on Membranes, Mexico City, Mexico. June 2011
  • Keynote Lecture, International Congress on Membranes, Amsterdam, Netherlands, July 2011
  • Reilly Lectureship, Notre Dame University, Mar. 2010
  • Hoyt C. Hottel Lectureship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dec. 2010
  • Invited Lecture, VII Symposium of Chemical Research, Tijuana, Mexico Nov. 2009
  • Keynote Lecture, 5th US-Sino Conference, Beijing, China, Oct. 2009
  • Plenary Lecture, Euromembranes 2009, Montpellier, France, Sept. 2009
  • Invited Lecture, Advanced Membrane Technology IV, Trondheim, Norway, June 2009
  • Distinguished Chemical Engineering Seminar, Imperial College London, May 2009
  • Plenary Lecture, First National Congress on Membranes, Mexico City, Mexico, Apr. 2009
  • Lyman Handy Colloquium Lecture, University So. California, Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 2009
  • Invited Lecture, European Marie Curie Conference and Course, Oslo, Norway, Mar. 2009
  • ExxonMobil Lectureship, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA Dec. 2008
  • Pirkey Lecture, University of Texas at Austin, Austin TX, Nov. 2008
  • Invited Lecture, Shell Nanotech Conference, Woodlands, TX, Oct. 2008
  • Invited Lecture, International Congress on Membranes, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 2008
  • Invited Lecture, IUPAC 42nd World Polymer Congress (MACRO 2008), Taiwan, July 2008
  • Plenary Lecture, 2008 International Membrane Conference, Taiwan, June 2008
  • Invited International Lecturer, Istanbul Technical University, Mar. 2008
      
Citations

Over 15652 listed by Science Citation Index as of December 2013.

H-index = 68, ISI Web of Science