Ron Rousseau

Ronald W. Rousseau is Professor and Silas Endowed Chair Emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Ronald W. Rousseau

Professor and  Cecil J. Silas Chair Emeritus
School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Georgia Institute of Technology

Email: rwr@gatech.edu

Education

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University – 1966
M.S. Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University – 1968
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University – 1969

CRESP Research Interests

  • Separations Process Technology
  • Crystallization Science and Engineering
  • Mass Transfer and Thermodynamics

Brief Biography

Ronald W. Rousseau is Professor and Silas Endowed Chair Emeritus at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he served for more than 26 years as chair of the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering.  Prior to moving to Georgia Tech, he was a faculty member at North Carolina State University. Dr. Rousseau holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University and a Docteur Honoris Causa from L’Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse. He received the Founders Award, the Warren K. Lewis Award, and the Gerhard Award in Separations from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He is a Fellow of both AIChE and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the LSU Engineering Hall of Distinction.

Dr. Rousseau is co-author of Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes (now in its fourth edition) and editor of the Handbook of Separation Process Technology.  His research has explored separation processes, with an emphasis on the use of crystallization in separation and purification processes. He has given special attention to mechanistic interpretations of secondary nucleation and growth-rate dispersion, and to strategies for controlling crystal size distributions, purity, and transformations of polymorphs and solvates

Publications

Nassif, L. Dumont, G. Geneisse, D. Alysouri, H. and Rousseau R.W. (2008) Pretreatment of Hanford Medium-Curie Waste by Fractional Crystallization, Environmental Science & Technology, 42(13), 4940–4945. https://doi.org/10.1021/es7031696

Li, H. Grover, M. A. Kawajiri, Y. and Rousseau, R. W. (2013) Development of an Empirical Method Relating Crystal Size Distributions and FBRM Measurements, Chemical Engineering Science, 89, 142–151. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2012.10.031

Li, H. Kawajiri, Y. Grover, M. A. and Rousseau, R. W. (2014) Application of an Empirical FBRM Model to Estimate Crystal Size Distributions in Batch Crystallization, Crystal Growth and Design, 14(2), 607–616. https://doi.org/10.1021/cg401484d

Griffin, D. J. Grover, M. A. Kawajiri, Y. and Rousseau, R. W. (2014) Robust Multicomponent IR-to-Concentration Model Regression, Chemical Engineering Science, 116, 77–90. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2014.04.013

Griffin, D. J., Grover, M. A., Kawajiri, Y. and Rousseau, R. W. (2014), “A methodology for monitoring concentrations of complex waste solutions,” Proceedings of the Annual Waste Management (WM) Conference, 14182, Phoenix, AZ, March 2014. [Link]

Griffin, D. J. Kawajiri, Y. Grover, M. A. and Rousseau, R. W. (2015) Feedback Control of Multicomponent Salt Crystallization, Crystal Growth and Design, 15(1), 305–317. https://doi.org/10.1021/cg501368y

Griffin, M. A. Grover, Y. Kawajiri, and R. W. Rousseau, “Combining ATR-FTIR and FBRM for Feedback on Crystal Size,” American Control Conference, 4803–4313, IEEE, 2015.

  1. J. Griffin, D. J. Grover, M. A. Kawajiri, Y. and Rousseau, R. W. (2015) Mass-Count Plots for Crystal Size Control, Chemical Engineering Science, 137, 338-351. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2015.06.048

Griffin, D. J.; Grover, M. A.; Kawajiri, Y.; Rousseau, R. W. (2015). “Controlled crystallization of salts from nuclear waste solutions,” Proceedings of the Annual Waste Management (WM) Conference, 15235, Phoenix, AZ, March 2015. [Link]

Griffin, D. J. Grover, M. A. Kawajiri, Y. and Rousseau, R.W. (2016) Data-Driven Modeling and Dynamic Programming Applied to Batch Cooling Crystallization,” Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 55(5), 1361–1372. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.5b03635

Griffin, D. J. Kawajiri, Y. Rousseau R.W. and Grover, M. A. (2017) Using MC plots for control of paracetamol crystallization, Chemical Engineering Science, 164, 344–360. doi.org/10.1016/j.ces.2017.01.065

Li, H. Kawajiri, Y. Grover, M.A. and Rousseau R.W. (2017) Modeling of Nucleation and Growth Kinetics for Unseeded batch cooling crystallization, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 56(14), 4060-4073. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.iecr.6b04914

Kocevska, S. Grover, M. A.; Rousseau, R. W. (2019). “Monitoring the composition of low-activity nuclear waste using in-situ measurements.” Proceedings of the Annual Waste Management Conference, March 2019, Phoenix, AZ, accepted.

Committee Service

American Institute of Chemical Engineers—Foundation Board of Trustees (2012–present), Awards Committee (2015–present)

Chemical Engineering Science, Executive Editor, 2004–2011; International Advisory Panel, 2012–present

Chalmers University of Technology, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Research Assessment Panel, Gothenburg, Sweden, May–June 2018.

Department of Energy, Panel Review of Alternatives to the Hanford Site’s Low-Activity Waste Treatment System, October 2014.

Department of Energy, Team Member, Independent Review of the Test Plan for Mixing Requirements Verification Testing in the Standard High-Solids Vessel, September 2016.

Korea Advanced Institute for Science and Technology, External Advisory Committee, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 2009–present

Louisiana State University, Advisory Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2006–present

Vanderbilt University, External Advisory Committee, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2002–2017

University of Virginia, Advisory Board, Department of Chemical Engineering, 2005–2017

Honors & Awards

Founders Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2013.

Lifetime Achievement Award in Chemical Engineering Pedagogy, Chemical Engineering Division, American Society of Engineering Education, 2013

Malcolm Pruitt Award, Council for Chemical Research, 2011

Docteur Honoris Causa, L’Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse, January 2010.

Warren K. Lewis Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2002

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001

The John McClanahan Henske Distinguished Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Yale University, 1999.

The Tis Lahiri Memorial Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, Vanderbilt University, March 1999.

Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1998

Clarence G. Gerhold Award, AIChE Separations Division, 1996

Eminent Overseas Lecturer, Chemical College of the Institution of Engineers Australia, the Institution of Chemical Engineers (London), and the Royal Australian Institute of Chemistry, 1992.

Louisiana State University Engineering Hall of Distinction, 1991

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