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    Ionic Liquids: 15 Years of R&D - Joseph Kocal (Honeywell-UOP, January 2013)

    January 17, 2013
    5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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    519 W. Algonquin Rd.
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    Liquid salts at room temp? Kick off the New Year by learning more about these fascinating materials with Chicago chemists, chemical engineers, and pharmaceutical scientists at our annual ACS/AIChE/ChemPharma joint meeting. Joseph Kocal, Corporate Fellow at Honeywel-UOP, will enlighten us on the subject of ionic liquids - amazing salts that are liquid below 100 °C, and which can be catalysts, solvents, absorbents, and other fantastic materials. Come to the meeting and ask Dr. Kocal is they can be all these things at the same time!


    5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club
    5:30 - 6:15 PM • Pre-dinner talk
    5:30 - 6:30 PM · Reception

    6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner 
    7:30 -          PM · General Meeting, including talk 


    Ionic liquids (ILs) are ionic compounds which are liquid below 100 °C (by definition). Many are liquids at room temperature (RTILs). These novel materials are composed of a bulky organic cation and a smaller anion. The size mismatch leads to the low melting points relative to typical ionic compounds such as NaCl. ILs have experienced a comet-like boost in the last 15 years because of their attractive properties such as, low vapor pressure, good solvency, high ionic conductivity, and heat transfer properties. The properties are adjustable by via compositional variation. Considerable R&D has been conducted using ILs as catalysts, electrolytes, heat transfer media, green solvents, gas absorbents, and solvent extractants. In the laboratory ILs have shown promise for many applications, however, only a few demonstration and commercial applications are known today. The development of ILs will be discussed including possible reasons why more applications have not been commercialized.


    • Vegetable medley of broccoli, baby carrots, & rutabaga

    • Choice of:
    Brochette of Beef on bed of rice with 3-Peppercorn Sauce
    Whitefish with Rice Pilaf
    Vegetarian - Sautéed vegetables in Phyllo with Vegetable puree

    • Apple Crumb Cake


    Dr. Kocal joined UOP in 1981 after earning a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Kocal has developed catalyst and process technology in the areas of fuels and chemicals which has led to 52 patents and numerous publications.   Dr. Kocal has been principal investigator on teams leading to the commercialization of numerous processes including production of detergents via alkylation of benzene with n-C10 to n-C14 olefins using a heterogeneous catalyst to replace hazardous HF acid.   A different heterogeneous catalyst was developed for isoparaffin alkylation with light olefins for motor fuel gasoline.   

    Dr. Kocal was technical leader of UOP’s exploratory research group of which a key objective was to develop economical technology for conversion of natural gas to chemicals and fuels. Dr. Kocal was principal author and PI of the 3 year ATP-NIST funded program for conversion of methane to methanol.  More recently Dr. Kocal has worked with a team to develop technology for the utilization of renewable resources.  He was principal author and PI of several DARPA and DOE programs for the conversion of biomass to fuels.  Currently Dr. Kocal is scouting potential new technologies to be implemented within Honeywell.


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    $37.00 Member

    $39.00 Non-member

    $20.00 Student/Unemployed/Retired

    $0.00 Cash at the door: $35 member/ $37 nonmember/ $20 student/retired/unemployed