Professor Phillip Westmoreland (B.S. '73) has been named a Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at Imperial College of Science and Technology in London.
This highly competitive award is made to UK institutions "that wish to invite an eminent researcher from overseas to enhance the knowledge and skills of academic staff or the student body within the host institution. The over-riding criteria for selection are the academic standing and achievements of the visitor in terms of research and teaching, and the ability of the receiving institution to benefit from the imported skills and expertise."
The emphasis of Prof. Westmoreland's work at the College will be collaborating with Prof. R. Peter Lindstedt and other faculty members, seeking to quantify fundamental reaction kinetics for pyrolysis and combustion. These elementary reactions are important to intellectual understanding of gas kinetics and are important for the goal of producing clean, efficient energy.
Professor Westmoreland's time in London is the second phase of a January-to-August sabbatical in Europe. The first phase was two months in Nancy, France, as Professeur invite at the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Industries Chimiques (ENSIC), part of the University of Lorraine.
Congratulations Dr. Westmoreland!