Andrew Paluch has been named the recipient of the 2013 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Separations Division Graduate Student Research Award. The competitive award recognizes outstanding graduate students whose work focuses on fundamental aspects of separations. Andrew will receive the award at the annual awards banquet in San Francisco this November. More details may be found at this link. Congratulations Andrew!
Andrew Paluch's paper entitled "Predicting the Solubility of Solid Phenanthrene: A Combined Molecular Simulation and Group Contribution Approach" was recently published in the AIChE Journal (vol 57, issue 7 pp 2647-2661, 2013). In this paper, a simple correction to the infinite dilution activity coefficient is computed from simulations. Properties of the pure solid solute are estimated using the group contribution method of Gani and coworkers, allowing for efficient blind solubility predictions to be made. The method is applied to predict the solubility of solid phenanthrene in 17 different solvents.