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Brian J. Edwards

Professor, Associate Head

Biography

Dr. Edwards earned his bachelor's degree Magna Cum Laude in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1986, and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 1991. His dissertation research initially focused on the physical behavior of liquid crystalline materials under flow, but quickly branched out to include the mathematical structure of nonequilibrium thermodynamics. This dissertation work culminated in the publication (with A.N. Beris) of the textbook Thermodynamics of Flowing Systems by Oxford University Press in 1994. After working in Europe (ETH-Zurich) as an oberassistant, he joined the faculty at the University of Tennessee as an associate professor in 2001. He was promoted to full professor in 2008. Over the course of his career, he has authored over 100 articles in engineering and scientific journals and written several book chapters. His current research continues to press the boundaries of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, particularly in the areas of polymeric liquid dynamics, molecular simulation, statistical mechanics, and flow-induced changes in physical properties.


Research

» Nonequilibrium thermodynamics
» Polymer dynamics
» Rheology
» Molecular simulation
» Statistical mechanics

 


Education

Ph.D., University of Delaware; Chemical Engineering
B.S., University of Illinois; Chemical Engineering


Professional Service

  • Member, American Institute of Chemical Engineerg
  • Member, Society of Rheology
  • Member, American Society for Engineering Education

Awards and Recognitions

  • 2015 Outstanding Advisor Award, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee.
  • 2013 Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee.
  • 2012 Tom and Ruth Clark Excellence Award in Teaching, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2011 College of Engineering Leon and Nancy Cole Superior Teaching Award, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2011 Outstanding Advisor Award, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2010 Best of EPL 2010 Award for paper “Atomistic simulation of flow-induced crystallization at constant temperature,” C. Baig and B.J. Edwards, Europhys. Lett., 89, 36003.
  • 2009 College of Engineering Research Fellow Award, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2009 College of Engineering Outstanding Advisor Award, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2009 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Advising, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2009 Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2009 Outstanding Advisor Award, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2007 Tom and Ruth Clark Excellence Award in Teaching, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2007 Outstanding Advisor Award, Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Tennessee.
  • 2007 College of Engineering Research Fellow Award, The University of Tennessee.

Publications

  • Proton conductivity in perfluorosulfonate acid membranes via continuum percolation theory, B. Zhang and B.J. Edwards, J. Electrochem. Soc.,162, F1088-F1095 (2015).
  • The effect of particle size on the morphology and thermodynamics of diblock copolymer/tethered-particle membranes, B. Zhang and B.J. Edwards, J. Chem. Phys., 142, 214907 (2015).
  • Individual chain dynamics of a polyethylene melt undergoing steady shear flow, M.H. Nafar Sefiddashti, B.J. Edwards, and B. Khomami, J. Rheol., 59, 119-153 (2015). (Cover and featured article.)
  • Characterization of the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter of polymer thermodynamics, T.H. Russell, B.J. Edwards, and B. Khomami, EPL,108, 66003 (2014).
  • Block copolymer morphology formation on topographically complex surfaces: A self-consistent field theoretic study, X. Ye, B.J. Edwards, and B. Khomami, Macromol. Rapid Comm., 35, 702-707 (2014).
  • A self-consistent field study of diblock copolymer/charged particle system morphologies for nanofiltration membranes, B. Zhang, X. Ye, and B.J. Edwards, J. Chem. Phys.,139, 244909 (2013).
  • A macroscopic model of proton transport through the membrane-ionomer interface of a polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell, M. Kumar, B.J. Edwards, and S.J. Paddison, J. Chem. Phys., 138, 064903 (2013).
  • The Thermodynamics of Flowing Systems, A.N. Beris and B.J. Edwards, Oxford University Press, New York (1994). Volume 36 of the Oxford Engineering Science Series.
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Contact Information

  • 320 Dougherty Engineering Building
  • Phone: (865) 974-9596
  • E-mail: bje@utk.edu

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