The design of industrial separation equipment using both analytical and graphical methods is studied. Equilibrium based design techniques for single and multiple stages in distillation, absorption/stripping, and liquid-liquid extraction are employed. An introduction to gas-solid and solid-liquid systems is presented as well. Mass transfer considerations are included in efficiency calculations and design procedures for packed absorption towers, membrane separations, and adsorption. Ion exchange and chromatography are discussed. The role of solution thermodynamics and the methods of estimating or calculating thermodynamic properties are also studied. Degrees of freedom analyses are threaded throughout the course as well as the appropriate use of software. Iterative rigorous solutions are discussed as bases for Aspen simulation models used in Design VI.
This course will be an introductory level graduate course in polymers. Methods in polymer formation and structural characterization of polymers will be introduced as they determine their applications in bio and nanotechnology. Polymer blends, block copolymers, networks and gelation and scattering techniques will be also covered. Examples on nanotechnology applications of self-assembled polymers and nanocomposites will be emphasized.
Schaefer School of Engineering & Science
Chemical Engineering & Materials Science
Research & Education
Post-doc, Chemical Engineering, Columbia University (2005-2008).
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park (2000-2005)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, Bogazici University, Istanbul 1997
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Istanbul Technical University, 1995
Synthesis and characterization of polymeric nanohybrids; ordered soft materials; mechanical and structural relationships of ordered-disordered systems; developing new strategies for the self-assembly of nanoparticles; self-healing membranes for robust mechanical applications; multifunctional polymer composites with electrical and mechanical properties, bioengineered magnetic nanoparticles for drug delivery applications.
Experience & Service
Assistant Prof. at the U Missouri-Columbia, Chemical Engineering (Nov 2008- Aug 2010)
Achievements & Professional Societies
Honors & Awards
NSF CAREER Award, DMR-Polymer (2010 recipient).
Research Board Award, University of Missouri (2009).
American Physical Society
American Chemical Society
Materials Research Society
New York Academy of Sciences
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Z. Zhu, E. Senses, P. Akcora, S. Sukhishvili. (2012). "Programmable light-controlled shape changes in layered polymer nanocomposites", ACS Nano. 6, 3152.
K. Keller, P. Akcora. (2012). "Elastic properties of a protein/polymer grafted surface", Langmuir. 28, 3807.
Y. Jiao, J. M. Stark, P. Akcora, D. Gyawali, P. Nair, R. T. Tran, J. Yang. (2012). "A rheological study of biodegradable injectable PEGMC/HA composite scaffolds", Soft Matter. 8, 1499.
J. F. Moll, P. Akcora, A. Rungta, S. Gong, R. H. Colby, B. C. Benicewicz, S. K. Kumar. (2011). "Mechanical reinforcement in polymer melts filled with polymer grafted nanoparticles", Macromolecules. 44 (18), 7473.
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P. Akcora, H. Liu, S. K. Kumar, Y. Li, B. C. Benicewicz, Linda S. Schadler, D. Acehan, A. Panagiotopoulos, V. Pryamitsyn, V. Ganesan, J. Ilavsky, P. Thiyagarajan, R. H. Colby, J. F. Douglas. (2009). "Anisotropic self-assembly of polymer-grafted nanoparticles", Nature Materials (appeared on cover page). 8 (4), 354.
P. Akcora, S. K. Kumar, S. Lewis, L. S. Schadler, Y. Li, B. C. Benicewicz, S. Narayanan, P. Thiyagarajan, J. Ilavsky, R. H. Colby, J. F. Douglas. (2010). "Gel-like mechanical reinforcement in polymer nanocomposites", Macromolecules. 43 (2), 1003.
J. Khan, S. Harton, P. Akcora, B. Benicewicz, S. K. Kumar. (2009). "Polymer Crystallization in Nanocomposites: Spatial Reorganization of Nanoparticles", Macromolecules. 42 (15), 5741.
P. Akcora, R. M. Briber, P. Kofinas. (2009). "Oxidation effect on templating of metal oxide nanoparticles within block copolymers", Polymer. 50 (5), 1223.
P. Akcora, R. M Briber, P. Kofinas. (2006). "TEM characterization of diblock copolymer templated iron oxide nanoparticles: Bulk solution and thin film surface doping approach", Polymer. 47 (6), 2018.
P. Akcora, X. Zhang, B. Varughese, R. M. Briber, P. Kofinas. (2005). "Characterization of polymer templated iron oxide nanoparticles within diblock copolymers by magnetic and neutron scattering experiments", Polymer. 46 (14), 5194.