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Distinguished Lecture by Professor Cornelis Peters

Written by Jean-Charles de-hemptinne.

The third Distinguished Lecture of the European Working Party on Thermodynamics and Transport Properties will be delivered by Professor Cornelis Peters during the 14th International Conference on Properties and Phase Equilibria for Product and Process Design (PPEPPD 2016), which will be held in Porto, Portugal from 22 to 26 May 2016.

He was elected unanimously by the selection Committee who thereby recognizes  his 40 years research contributions to the fundamental understanding of phase theory.

Professor Peters has spent most of his career at Delft University of Technology, and continues now, after a rich contribution in The Netherlands, to mentor researchers and teachers in several universities worldwide (Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi, U. of Maryland, Colorado School of Mines, Petronas Technical University, Malaysia). He has been a pioneer in the design, development and optimization of new experimental methods to measure accurate thermodynamic and phase equilibrium properties.  Reviews on high-pressure phase equilibria revealed that he has been one of the most active author worldwide in the last 30 years, producing highly valuable data and insight in phase behavior. In parallel, he has been a world leader in the application of theoretical models for complex fluids and molecular simulation methods to explain physical phenomena at different length and time scales.


His research has impact both in fundamental physical chemistry and thermodynamics but also in applications to industry. His most recent contributions refer to energy storage and production with emphasis on hydrogen technology, carbon capture and sequestration, novel technologies for seawater desalination using hydrates, design and optimization of new ionic liquids and deep eutectic solvents for gas separations and many others.

He has co-authored more than 250 peer-reviewed papers and 18 book chapters, he has authored / edited 6 books and has given more than 200 presentations (of which more than 50 were keynote / plenary talks) in international conferences, Universities and industry worldwide. His work has received more than 7,000 citations and has an H-index of 43. He held Professor / Visiting Professor positions in The Netherlands, Japan, Malaysia, Spain, UAE, UK and USA.