Erdogan in the lab
Professor Kiran in his office at Virginia Tech.

For general information about the Kiran Group, please contact:

Erdogan Kiran

Alexander F. Giacco Chair Professor      

Department of Chemical Engineering
Virginia Tech
263 Goodwin Hall 
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Phone: (540) 231-1375
Email: ekiran@vt.edu

Educational Background

B. Sc., Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1969

M.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, 1971

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Princeton University, 1974

 

Professional Recognitions and Honors

· Alexander F. Giacco Chair Professor of Chemical Engineering, 2022

· AIChE Fellow, 2022

· Brunner Lecturer, 13th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, ISSF 2022, Montreal, Canada, May 16, 2022

· 50 year member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

· Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 1987- present.

· Editor, Elsevier Book Series on Supercritical Fluid Science and Technology, 2009 -present.

· Virginia Tech Authors recognition, 2015, 2016.

· Director, Workshop on Supercritical Fluids and Energy, Campinas, Brazil, 2013.

· Honorary Organizing Member of the 3rd Iberoamerican Conference on Supercritical Fluids (Cartagena, Colombia, 2013) where recognized as one of the world’s leading scientists who has made major contributions to the field of supercritical fluids.

· Nominated for the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)’s Alpha Chi Sigma Award, 2011.

· Department Head, Department of Chemical Engineering, Virginia Tech, January 2000 - September 2005.

· International Monitor, The Journal of Chemical Engineering of Japan, 1999 - 2000.

· University of Maine’s Presidential Research and Creative Achievement Award, 1995.

· Director, NATO Advanced Study Institutes on Supercritical Fluids, Kemer, Turkey, 1993, and also the Director of the NATO ASI in 1998.

· AIChE High-Pressure Committee, 1986 - 1996.

·  "Who is Who" in Science and Engineering, 1992.

· Consulting Professor, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, 1991.

· Recognition by the New York Times (Science Times) with a full-page article devoted to description of his research with supercritical fluids, May 19, 1987.

·  The Gottesman Research Chair Professorship in Chemical Engineering, University of Maine, 1986 - 2000.

· Recognition of his research in supercritical fluids as the first research project funded in a newly established program at NSF on “high-risk / high return, truly exceptional, or not fitting the existing program structure”, Chemical & Engineering News, August 5, 1985.

· University of Maine, Pulp and Paper Foundation Fellow, 1985.

· Society of Sigma Xi, 1973

 

Plenary Lectures

· 20th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids (EMSF 2024), Maribor, Slovenia, May 2024. "Industrially Relevant High Pressure Polymer Research Based on Fundamentals"

· 13th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, (ISSF 2022), Montreal, Canada, May 2022, "Polymers and Supercritical Fluids - A Personal Journey. Excitements, Setbacks & Failures, Partial Successes, and Hindsight".

· 15th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids (EMSF 2016), Essen, Germany, May 2016. “Current trends in supercritical fluid Science and technology and challenges for future advancements in polymer applications”.

· 7th Meeting of the Experts on Compressed Fluid Technologies, Flucomp 2014, Barcelona, Spain, June 2014. “Evolution of applications of supercritical fluids in the area of polymers. A personal perspective”.

· 13th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, The Hague, The Netherlands, October 2011. “Polymer solutions and modifications in supercritical or dense fluids”.

· Ruhr University-Bochum, Interdisciplinary Research School Symposium, Bochum, Germany, November 2008. “Polymers, Dense Fluids, Functional Materials”.

· 1st International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids in Fiber /Textile Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan, June 2008. “Polymer processing in Dense Fluids; Morphological Modifications”.

· 5th International Symposium on High Pressure Processes Technology and Chemical Engineering, Segovia, Spain, June 2007. “Morphological modifications and formation of morphologically gradient polymers in dense fluids.”

· 5th Brazilian Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, Florianopolis, Brazil, April 2004. “High pressure miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions. Challenges and Opportunities.”

· 6th Conference on Supercritical Fluids and Their Applications, Māori, Italy, September 2001. “Pressure-induced miscibility and kinetics of phase separation in polymer solutions: Microstructured polymers and blends”.

· 1st International Meeting on High Pressure Chemical Engineering, Karlsruhe, Germany, March 1999. “Polymerization and polymer modifications in near- and supercritical fluids”.

 

Keynote Lectures

· 19th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids (EMSF 2023), Budapest, Hungary, May 2023. "Temperature Scaling for Rational Selection of Polymer Foaming Conditions with Supercritical Fluids as Physical Blowing Agents"

· 17th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids (EMSF 2019), Cuidad Real, Spain, April 2019. “Foaming of polymers with carbon dioxide sounds easy. Is it really?”

· 11th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Seoul, Korea, October 2015. “A combinatorial approach to foaming of polymers in supercritical carbon dioxide”.

·23rd International SAOT Workshop on In Situ Optical Diagnostics for Process Technologies, Erlangen, Germany, March 2015.  “Assessment of miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions at high pressures using transmission and scattering techniques.”

· 8th International IUPAC Conference on Polymer-Solvent Complexes and Intercalates (Polysolvat-8), Strasbourg, France, July 2010. “Polymorphic transformations and morphological modifications of polymers in dense fluids”.

· Workshop on Supercritical Fluid Processing of Biopolymers and Biomedical Materials, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, November 2009. “Polymer modifications in dense fluids for biomedical applications- Foaming strategies for bioabsorbable polymers.”

· 1st Iberoamerican Conference on Supercritical Fluids, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, April 13, 2007. “Formation of functionally graded polymeric materials in dense fluids”.

 

Institutional Lectureships

· Invited week-long Guest Lecturer on Supercritical Fluids Science and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Valladolid, Spain, May 2009.

· Invited week-long Guest Lecturer on Supercritical Fluids Science and Technology, Department of Chemical Engineering and Food Science, University of Salerno, Italy, May 1996.

· Invited two-day long Guest Lecturer on Supercritical Fluids Science and Technology, College of Sciences, Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey, July 1991.

 

Scientific / Organizing Committee Member – International Conferences

·  18th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, Bordeaux, France, May 2021.

·  5th Iberoamerican Conference on Supercritical Fluids, Campinas, Brazil, September 2019.

·  17th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, Cuidad Real, Spain, April 2019.

·  12th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Antibes, France, April 2018.

· 16th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, Lisbon, Portugal, April 2017.

·  15th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, Essen, Germany, May 2016.

· 4th Iberoamerican Conference on Supercritical Fluids, Vina del Mar, Chile, April 2016.

· 5th International Conference on BioFoams, Sorrento, Italy, October 2015.

· 11th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Seoul, The Republic of Korea, October 2015.

· 7th Green Solvents Conference, Dresden, Germany, October 2014.

· Workshop on Supercritical Fluids and Energy, Campinas, Brazil, December 2013.

· 10th Conference on Supercritical Fluids and Their Applications, Naples, Italy, May 2013.

·  3rd Iberoamerican Conference on Supercritical Fluids, Cartagena, Colombia, April 2013.

· 10th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, San Francisco, USA, May 2012.

· 9th Conference on Supercritical Fluids and Their Applications, Sorrento, Italy, September 2010.

· 2nd Iberoamerican Conference on Supercritical Fluids- PROSCIBA 2010, Natal, Brazil, April 2010.

·  1st Iberoamerican Conference on Supercritical Fluids- PROSCIBA, Iguassu Falls, Brazil, April 2007.

· 3rd International Meeting on High Pressure Chemical Engineering, Erlangen, Germany, May 2006.

· 4th International Symposium on High Pressure Process Technology and Chemical Engineering, Venice, Italy, May 2002.

· 4th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Sendai, Japan, May 1997.

 

Technical Session Chair / Organizer - National and International Meetings

 · Chair, Session on “Fluid Phase Equilibria”, 19th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, Budapest, Hungary, May 2023.

· Chair, Session on “Thermodynamics and Transport Properties under Pressure”, AIChE Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, November 2022.

· Organizer and Chair, Sessions on “Thermodynamic and Transport Properties Under Pressure”, AIChE Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida, November 2019.

· Organizer and Chair, Sessions on “High Pressure Phase Equilibria and Modeling”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November 2016.

· Organizer and Co-Chair, Session on “Supercritical Fluids for Polymer Foams, Scaffolds and Organogels”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, California, November 2016.

· Chair, Session on “Material Applications”, 11th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Seoul, Korea, October 2015.

· Chair, Session on “Supercritical Fluid Science & Technology for New Materials and Materials Processing”, Workshop on Supercritical Fluids and Energy, Campinas, Brazil, December 2013.

· Chair, Session on “Polymers, Materials Applications and Processes”, 10th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, San Francisco, CA, 2012.

· Organizer and Chair, Session on “Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Biotechnology Applications using Compressible or Supercritical Fluids”, AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2011.

· Chair, Session on “Polymers”, 13th European Meeting on Supercritical Fluids, The Hague, The Netherlands, 2011.

· Chair, Session on “Materials Processing and New Materials”, 3rd International Meeting on High Pressure Chemical Engineering, Erlangen, Germany, 2006.

· Organizer and Co-chair, Session on “Thermodynamics under High Pressure”, AIChE Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, 2002.

· Chair, Session on “Particle formation in / from supercritical fluids”, 10th International Symposium on Supercritical Chromatography, Extraction and Processing, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, 2001.

· Organizer and Chair, Symposium on “Thermosetting Polymers”, Princeton University, 1995.

· Organizer and Co-chair, Session on “Experimental Techniques and Special Topics on Supercritical Fluids”, AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 1994.

·  Organizer and Co-chair, Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, AIChE Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, 1991.

· Organizer and Chair, Symposium on Biopolymers in Supercritical Fluids, 199th ACS National Meeting, Boston, 1990.

 

Seminars at Corporate Research Center

·  The Dow Research Center, Horgen-Zurich- Switzerland, November 5, 2018. ““Supercritical fluids and high-pressure research laboratory at Virginia Tech for modifications of polymers with compressed fluids”.

· Solvay Specialty Polymers, Corporate Research Center, Alpharetta, Georgia, May 1, 2012. "Polymer modifications and processing in dense fluids - Alternative pathways to forming particles, fibers, foams, composites and blends”.

· Afton Chemicals, Richmond, Virginia, March 17, 2011. "Polymer solutions at high pressures".

· UHDE Pressure Technologies, Hagen, Germany, November 7, 2008. "Polymer solutions and processing in dense or supercritical fluids".

· DuPont-Tyvek, Richmond, Virginia, October 5, 2006. "Formation of functionally graded polymeric materials in dense fluids".

·  Dow Chemical Company, Freeport, Texas, February 10, 2005. "High pressure miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions in dense or supercritical fluids".

·  Semitool Inc., Kalispell, Montana, May 29, 2002. "High Pressure polymer miscibility and phase separation in dense fluids".

·  Flint Ink Corporate Research Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 24, 1997. “Polymer processing in near- and supercritical fluids”.

·  Unilever Research Port Sunlight Laboratory, Chester, United Kingdom, November 6, 1996. “Pressure-induced miscibility and phase separation, Polymer processing in near- and supercritical fluids”.

·  Ethicon Inc., New Jersey, March 14, 1996. “Use of supercritical fluids in polymer processing”.

·  International Paper, Corporate Research Center, Tuxedo, New York, December 4, 1995. “High-pressure miscibility, viscosity and phase separation of polymers in near and supercritical fluids”.

· Hoechst Celanese Corporation, Research Division, Summit, New Jersey, December 6, 1993. “Polymer formation, solubility, modifications, and processing in or with supercritical fluids”.

· International Paper, Corporate Research Center, Tuxedo, New York, October 13, 1993. "High-pressure and supercritical fluid technologies for the pulp and paper industry".

 

Seminars at National Laboratories

· Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, October 20, 1997. “Polymer miscibility and phase separation in near- and supercritical fluids”.

· National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, Maryland, June 5, 1997. “Polymer miscibility and phase separation in near- and supercritical fluids”.

· Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, June 3, 1997. “Polymer miscibility and phase separation in near- and supercritical fluids”.

· National Bureau of Standards, Washington, DC, February 18, 1987. "Instrumentation for cloud point and spinodal measurements for supercritical fluid-polymer systems".

 

Seminars at Academic Institutions Outside US  

· Istanbul Technical University, Chemical Engineering Department, Istanbul, Turkey, June 17, 2014. “Evolution of applications of supercritical fluids in the area of polymers”.

· Karlsruhe institute of Technology, Forschungszentrum, Karlsruhe, Germany, November 19, 2009.  “Polymorphic transformations of polymers in dense fluids”.

· Koc University, Chemical Engineering Department, Istanbul, Turkey, June 3, 2008. “Polymer solutions in dense fluids: Crystallization, gelation and morphological modifications”.

· University of Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany, December 6, 2002.  ““High pressure miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions, seminar at Institute for Physical Chemistry.”

· University of Bochum, Institute for Physical Chemistry, December 5, 2002, Bochum, Germany. “High pressure miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions – honoring 70th birthday of Prof. Gerhard M. Schneider”.

· University of London, School of Pharmacy”, December 2, 2002, London, United Kingdom. “Polymer modification in dense and supercritical fluids- A pathway to microstructured materials”.

· University of Cologne, Institute for Physical Chemistry, Cologne, Germany, March 10, 1999. “Kinetics of pressure-induced phase separation in near- and supercritical fluids”.

· Technical University Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany, March 9, 1999. “Kinetics of pressure-induced phase separation in near- and supercritical fluids”.

· Technical University of Delft, Delft, The Netherlands, October 26, 1994. “Solubility, phase separation and viscosity of polymer solutions in near and supercritical fluids”.

· Göttingen University, Germany, October 24, 1994. “Solubility, phase separation and viscosity of polymer solutions in near and supercritical fluids”.

· Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Bochum, Germany, October 21, 1994. “Solubility, phase separation and viscosity of polymer solutions in near and supercritical fluids”.

 

Seminars at Academic Institutions in US

·  Cornell University, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department, Ithaca, NY, March 16, 2015. “Melting point depression, morphology development and pore formation in semi-crystalline polymers during crystallization in CO2”.

· Tufts University, Mechanical Engineering Department, Boston, MA, March 29, 2012. “Polymer solutions and modifications in supercritical or dense fluids”.

·  Virginia Commonwealth University, Chemical Engineering Department. Richmond, VA, October 4, 2006. ““Morphological modifications of polymers in dense fluids.”

·  West Virginia University, Department of Chemical Engineering Morgantown, West Virginia, March 5, 2004. “Miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions in dense fluids. Challenges and opportunities”.

· North Carolina State University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Raleigh, North Carolina, April 7, 2003. “Miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions in dense fluids – High pressure pathways for formation of microstructured materials”.

·  Virginia Tech, Department of Biological and Systems Engineering, Blacksburg, VA, February 26, 2002. “Supercritical fluids and their applications in biomass and polymer processing”.

· University of Virginia, Department of Chemical Engineering, Charlottesville, VA, October 5, 2000. “Polymer solutions at high pressures. Miscibility, phase separation and blending in supercritical fluids”.

·  Cornell University, Department of Chemical Engineering, Ithaca, NY, October 15, 1999. “Polymer solutions at high pressures. Miscibility and kinetics of phase separation in near-critical fluids – Honoring Professor Ferdinand Rodriguez”.

·  Virginia Tech, Department of Chemical Engineering, Blacksburg, VA, May 5, 1999. “Supercritical fluids, polymers and chemical engineering – A rich triangle for science and technology”.

·  University of Connecticut Department of Chemical Engineering, Storrs, CT, April 16, 1999. “Polymer miscibility and phase separation at high pressure”.

·  University of Maryland, Department of Chemical Engineering, College Park, MD, December 8, 1998. “Kinetics of pressure-induced phase separation in polymer solutions in near- and supercritical fluids.”

·  Pennsylvania State University, Department of Chemical Engineering, State College, PA., October 6, 1998. “Polymer miscibility and kinetics of pressure-induced phase separation in near and supercritical fluids”.

·  University of Akron, Department of Chemical Engineering, Akron, OH, April 21, 1998. “Kinetics of phase separation from high-pressure polymer solutions in near and supercritical fluids.”

·  University of Connecticut, Department of Chemical Engineering and Polymer Science, Storrs, CT, April 8, 1996. “Polymer processing in near and supercritical fluids. Miscibility and phase separation at high pressures”.

·  University of Cincinnati, Chemical Engineering Department, Cincinnati, Oh, May 18, 1995. “Polymer miscibility and phase separation in near- and supercritical fluids”.

· Write State University, Dayton, Ohio, May 17, 1995. “Polymer miscibility, viscosity and phase separation in near- and supercritical fluids”.

·  MIT, Energy Laboratory/ Chemical Engineering Department, Cambridge, Massachusetts, July 26, 1994. “Polymer miscibility and phase separation in near and supercritical fluids”.

·  University of Maine, Department of Chemical Engineering, Orono, ME, September 13, 1991. "Supercritical Fluids. Wonders of the Dense Fluid State".

· Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton, Wisconsin, April 22, 1988. "Supercritical fluid processing in the pulp and paper industry".

· Princeton University / Textile Research Institute, Princeton, New Jersey, October 16, 1992. "Supercritical Fluids and their Applications in the Pulp and Paper and the Polymer Industries".

· University of Maryland, Chemical and Nuclear Engineering Department, February 17, 1987.  "Supercritical fluids and their interaction with polymers and lignocellulosic materials".

·  University of Cincinnati, Chemical Engineering Department, Cincinnati, January 8, 1987. "Supercritical fluids and their interaction with lignocellulosic materials and polymers".

·  University of Maine, Chemistry Department, Orono, ME, October 8, 1985. “Applications of supercritical fluids in chemical processing”.

Other Invited Lectures 

·  “Miscibility and modifications of bioabsorbable polymers in dense fluids” Session honoring Jan Sengers’ 80th Birthday at the AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, October 18, 2011.

·   “High pressure miscibility and phase separation in polymer solutions, Thermo 2002, A symposium honoring the 70th birthday of Prof Jan V. Sengers”, April 19-20, 2002, seminar at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.

· “Miscibility of mutually incompatible polymers in near-critical fluids: Solution blending”, 10th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluid Chromatography, Extraction and Processing, August 19 - 22, 2001, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

· “Polymer solutions at high pressures: Miscibility and kinetics of phase separation in near-critical and supercritical fluids”, Symposium on Polymer Thermodynamics, 51st ACS Southeast Regional Meeting (Sermacs ‘99), October 17-20, 1999, Knoxville, Tennessee.

·  “Pressure-induced phase separation in polymer solutions in near critical and supercritical fluids: Kinetics of new phase growth and crossover from nucleation and growth to spinodal decomposition”, lecture at the Engineering Foundation Conference on Supercritical Fluids in Materials Processing and Synthesis, September 26 - October 1, 1999, Davos, Switzerland.

·  “Polymer miscibility and kinetics of pressure-induced phase separation in near and supercritical fluids”, NATO ASI on Supercritical Fluids, Kemer, Turkey, July 12-24, 1998.

·  “Polymerization and polymer modification reactions in near- and supercritical fluids”, NATO ASI on Supercritical, Fluids, Kemer, Turkey, July 12-24, 1998.

· “Kinetics of pressure-induced phase separation (PIPS) in polymer solutions”, Lecture at the 4th International Symposium on Supercritical Fluids, Sendai, Japan, May 11-14, 1997.

· “Polymer processing by pressure-induced miscibility and phase separation in near – and supercritical fluids”, New Technology Forum, Society of Plastics Engineers, 55th Annual Technical Conferences (ANTEC 97), Toronto, Canada, April 27-May 2, 1997.

·        “Polymer miscibility, extraction and phase separation with near and supercritical fluids”, Lecture at the Symposium on Supercritical Fluids-Polymers and Natural Materials, ACS 211th National Meeting, New Orleans, LA, March 24-28, 1996

·  “Supercritical fluid processing of polymers”, Lecture at the Symposium on Thermosetting Polymers, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, September 22-23, 1995.

·  “Cure behavior of paper-phenolic composite systems”, TAPPI 1994 Plastic Laminates Symposium, August 22-25, 1994, Atlanta, GA.

·  "Polymer Formation, Solubility, Modifications and Processing in or with Supercritical Fluids", NATO Advanced Study Institute on Supercritical Fluids, Kemer, Turkey, July 18-31, 1993. 

·  "Biopolymers in supercritical fluids", 199th National ACS Meeting, Symposium on Biopolymers in Supercritical Fluids, Boston, April 22-27, 1990.

·  "Delignification of wood with supercritical fluids" International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies, Symposium on Thermochemical Conversion and Beneficiation of Biological Substrates, Honolulu, Hawaii, December 17-22, 1989.

·  "Industrial implications of supercritical fluid technology", Research Initiatives Program: Science and Technology at the University of Maine, Augusta, Maine, June 9, 1988.

·  "A high-pressure thermal-optical technique to study interactions of supercritical fluids with polymers", New England Thermal Forum, Lexington, Massachusetts, December 8, 1987.

·   "Supercritical pulping", International Symposium on Non-Conventional Pulping and Bleaching, Institute of Wood Chemistry and Chemical Technology of Wood, Federal Republic of Germany, May 4-5, 1987.

·  “Pyrolysis- Mass chromatography of polymers”, American Chemical Society Meeting, Symposium on Polymer Characterization by Thermal methods and Analyses, Detroit, MI, May 2, 1973.

·  “Crosslinking of aqueous polymer solutions by gamma radiation”, 23rd International Congress of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) Macromolecular Symposia, Boston July 28, 1971.