Professor Tsotsis received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1978. He then joined the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at USC, where he currently holds the title of the Robert E. Vivian Professor in Energy Resources. He also served as the Department’s inaugural Chair. Professor Tsotsis’ research interests are in the areas of reaction engineering, membrane separations, reactor design, and the modeling of transport in complex porous media. He is the author of over 220 technical papers, several book chapters, six U.S. and one European patent, and one book. He has also edited two Technical Meeting Proceedings volumes. He has worked on a broad array of problems, ranging from the abstract and theoretical (symmetry breaking instabilities, reaction rate oscillations) to the practical and applied (petroleum upgrading, and membrane reactors and bioreactors). Professor Tsotsis was the co-founder and a member of the executive board of USC's NSF/IGERT Center in Environmental Engineering. He is a Fellow of the AIChE.
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