Elias I. Franses

Professor of Chemical Engineering

FRNY 1029C
Purdue University
School of Chemical Engineering
Forney Hall of Chemical Engineering
480 Stadium Mall Drive
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2100
(765) 494-4078 (office)
(765) 494-0805 (fax)
Joined Purdue in 1979
Diploma Chemical Engineering, National Technical University, Athens, 1974
Ph.D, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1979

Research Interests

In one project, with Professor Nien Hwa Linda Wang, on "Experimental Probing and Molecular Simulations of Key Sorbent-Solute-Solvent Interactions in Chiral Separations," we study how ultrathin films of some polysaccharide-based polymers at solid interfaces can "recognize" and separate in chromatographic columns racemic mixtures of enantiomers, which otherwise they have identical physical and chemical properties.

In a second project, in collaboration with Professor David S. Corti, we study the "Aqueous Dispersion Stability of Inks and Ink-Like Model Colloidal Dispersions." The main goal of the detailed experimental and theoretical studies is to improve understanding of the inter-particle forces which cause the dispersions of colloidal particles or nanoparticles to agglomerate, or to remain stable. The project aims in developing innovative theories, models, and simulations, and industrial guidelines on how to control dispersion stability, and ultimately to new ways of making improved inks.

In a related project, in collaboration with Professor David S. Corti, we study the colloidal stability of dispersions of hydrate particles formed by complexes of hydrocarbons and water. Such hydrates may lead to plugging of pipelines containing hydrocarbons during the production stages, and should be avoided. This project is aimed at the “flow assurance,” or safety and environmental aspects of oil and natural gas production.

Research Group

Graduate Students

  • Ms. Betty Yung-Jih Yang (with Prof. David S. Corti)

Awards and Honors

Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, 1999-2001.
Outstanding Graduate Thesis Award in Separations, by the AICHE, for Dr. Rahul B. Kasat, Ph.D. 2008; co-advised by Professors Nien-Hwa Linda Wang and Elias I. Franses.
Editor, Colloids and Surf. A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, 1993 – 1996.

Selected Publications

(see also Web of Science for Franses E.I.)

"Effect of Alcohol Aggregation on the Retention Factors of Chiral Solutes with an Amylose-Based Sorbent: Modeling and Implications for the Adsorption Mechanism," Tsui, H.-W., Franses, E. I., and Wang, N.-H. L., J. Chromatogr. A, 1328, 52-65 (2014).

"Nonideal Diffusion Effects and Short-Range Ordering Lead to Higher Aggregation Rates in Concentrated Hard-Sphere Dispersions," Kelkar, A., Franses, E. I., and Corti, D. S., Langmuir, 30, 3647-3657 (2014).

"Thermodynamics with Chemical Engineering Applications," Franses, E. I., Cambridge University Press, August 2014; ISBN number 9781107069756; Undergraduate textbook.

"New Models and Predictions for Brownian Coagulation of Non-Interacting Spheres," Kelkar, A., Dong, J., Franses, E. I., and Corti, D. S., J. Colloid Interf. Sci., 389, 188-198 (2013).

"Retention Models and Interaction Mechanisms of Acetone and Other Carbonyl-Containing Molecules with Amylose Tris[(S)-a-methylbenzylcarbamate] Sorbent," Tsui, H.-W., Hwang, M. Y., Ling, L., Franses, E. I., and Wang, N.-H. L., J. Chromatogr. A, 1279, 36-48 (2013).

"Chiral Recognition Mechanism of Acyloin-Containing Chiral Solutes by Amylose Tris[(S)-??-methylbenzylcarbamate]," Tsui, H-W., Wang, N.-H. L., and Franses, E. I., J. Phys. Chem. B, 117, 9203???9216 (2013).