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Seminar Series 2019 – Jason E. Bara, Ph.D.
April 15 @ 4:05 pm - 5:00 pm
Jason E. Bara, Ph.D.
Chemical & Biological Engineering, University of Alabama
“Gas Separation Membranes and Functional Materials Derived from Ionic Liquids and High-Performance Polymers”
Polyimides and ionic liquids have each emerged as promising classes of materials for advanced membranes, especially with regard to CO2removal from flue gas or natural gas. Despite their seemingly disparate natures, our group has developed methodologies by which these two very distinct materials are compatibilized into a single, highly tailorable and robust structure. The hybridization of polyimides and ionenes presents unprecedented opportunities to design new materials featuring unique nanostructures/free volume characteristics that arise from supramolecular assembly and Coulombic interactions facilitated by the addition of ionic liquids to the polymer matrix. This presentation will detail our design philosophy, synthetic approach, polymer structure-property relationships and performances as gas separation membranes.
Jason Bara received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has authored more than 75 peer-reviewed research publications and 5 book chapters on the topics of CO2capture, ionic liquids, polymer membranes, nanostructured materials, and chemical process engineering. He has also been awarded 9 U.S. patents for discoveries in these areas. His work has been funded by DOE, NSF, NASA, ACS-PRF and industry. Jason is the 2018 winner of the Ray W. Fahien Award from ASEE for excellence in chemical engineering education and the 2017 winner of the David Himmelblau Award for Innovations in Computer-Based Chemical Engineering Education Award from AIChE. He has also received the AIChE FRI/John G. KuneshAward from the Separations Division (2015).