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January 12, 2004

Carbonell, Gubbins Elected AIChE Fellows


Dr. Carbonell (submitted

  Dr. Gubbins (submitted photo)  

Dr. Ruben Carbonell, Frank Hawkins Kenan Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering and director of the Kenan Institute for Engineering Technology and Science at North Carolina State University, and Dr. Keith E. Gubbins, W.H. Clark Distinguished University Professor of Chemical Engineering at NC State, have been elected Fellows of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Founded in 1908, AIChE is a professional association of more than 50,000 members that provides leadership in advancing the chemical engineering profession. Fellowship is reserved for those members who have displayed significant service to AIChE and the profession, and who have achieved significant accomplishments in the field of chemical engineering.

In keeping with one of AIChE’s primary goals — to assure the safe and environmentally sound manufacture, use and disposal of chemical products — Carbonell serves as co-director of the National Science Foundation's Science and Technology Center for Environmentally Responsible Solvents and Processes and co-director of the Kenan Center for the Utilization of Carbon Dioxide in Manufacturing. Carbonell has also done ground-breaking research on the separation and purification of biological molecules for therapeutic applications. Gubbins’ research is in the area of computational nanoscience and is currently focused on novel nanoporous materials and self-assembled structures and their use in chemical processing. According to Gubbins, these structures possess many novel properties that could form the basis of future technologies, including energy storage, sensors and separation processes.

Carbonell joined the faculty at NC State as a full professor in 1984. He served as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering from 1994 to 1999. He received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Manhattan College in 1969 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Princeton University in 1973.

Gubbins, who joined the NC State faculty in 1998, received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of London in 1958 and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of London in 1962. He won the Alpha Chi Sigma Research Award in 1986 and the William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature in 2001, both from AIChE, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

— pishney —

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