Professor Adeniyi Lawal
- McGill University Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 1985
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology S.M. in Chemical Engineering, 1982
- University of Ibadan, Nigeria B.Sc. Honors in Engineering, 1978
Professor Adeniyi Lawal brings a wealth of knowledge and research innovation to the fields of Distributed Production of Advanced Biofuels from Biomass Waste, and Microreactor Technology for Chemical Synthesis. His work has resulted in several distinctions and awards, including the Stevens Alexander Crombie Humphreys Award for Outstanding Teaching (2000).
With global implications including a reduced reliance on foreign oil, and efficient methods of green fuel production, the research of Dr. Lawal is critical. His work is enabling distributed production of biofuel from various forms of biomass waste, and comprises two key steps, beginning with the thermochemical conversion of biomass by fast pyrolysis to pyrolysis oil, (PO), followed by and upgrading of the PO to biofuel. Another benefit of this process involves the flexibility of converting biomass of different compositions derived from multiple sources to PO and syngas, and using this syngas to produce any transportation fuel: ethanol, gasoline, or diesel.
His research on microreactor technology development focuses on the demonstration of the enhanced heat and mass transfer performance provided by microreactor in comparison to conventional-size reactors. Mass transfer enhancement of two to three orders of magnitude have been obtained for multiphase reactions carried out in single channel microreactors at low processing flow rates.
- Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, 2005 - present
- Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1998 - 2005
- Research Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1992 - 1998
- Senior Research Associate/Research Associate, Dept. of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Stevens Institute of Technology, 1990 - 1992
- Associate Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 1988 - 1990
- Assistant Professor, Dept. of Chemical Engineering, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, 1985 - 1988
Research Projects Interests
Research interests include mathematical modeling of transport processes, and development of 3-dimensional finite element method based codes for simulation of flow, heat, and mass transfer in complex geometries, polymer processing, and rheological characterization of complex fluids. Strong research background in experimental fluid flow, heat and mass transfer, and surface characterization of materials including contact angle measurement, determination of interfacial/surface tension, and interfacial stability on solid substrates. His current research focus is on developing an understanding of the role of complex surface effects in transport phenomena in micro- configurations, utilizing his prior experience in transport processes in macro- configurations as a platform. Some of the FEM codes he developed have been used to design successfully processing equipment for composite energetic materials for the US Army, and the Navy. Philips Netherlands, the GAF Materials Corporation, and the Petroleum Research Fund have also funded his research work.
Awards and Honors
- Dean's Honors List, McGill University Ph.D. thesis
- Stevens Alexander Crombie Humphreys Award for Outstanding Teaching (2000)
- Technical Editor, Proceedings of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers AGM 1987
- NSERC Fellowship Award of Canada, 1990
Professional Organizations and Societies
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers
- Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, US Chapter