Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009
Clarence Gerhold Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2005
Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (with Charles Liotta), 2004
State of Georgia Regents’ Research in Undergraduate Education Award, 2000
William H. Walker Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1999
Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1999
Award for Teaching Faculty, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Georgia Tech, 1999
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All of Professor Eckert's research is joint with Professor Charles Liotta. It is focused at the interface between chemistry and chemical engineering, where our interdisciplinary investigators have unique capabilities to solve a variety of important technical and societal problems, such as environmental control, solvent-free processing, energy conservation, innovative separations (including bioseparations), and novel materials.
The investigations encompass molecular thermodynamics, solution chemistry, phase equilibria, chemical kinetics, homogeneous catalysis, supercritical fluid processing, and separations. The group has developed new experimental methods, including novel applications of modern instrumentation. Examples of applications include wastewater purification, environmentally benign solvents, supercritical fluid fractionation of polymers, purification of monomers, separation of chiral compounds, composite materials manufacture, hazardous waste detoxification, reactions in supercritical fluids, polymer modification, polymer processing, and many others.
The group draws heavily on molecular chemistry, organic, inorganic, analytical, and physical, for an understanding of intermolecular interactions in solutions. We use these results, along with our data, to develop methods for tailoring separation and reaction processes for specific applications. Often these methods are applied also for process design and economic feasibility evaluation.