J. Ilja Siepmann

portrait of Professor J. Ilja Siepmann

J. Ilja Siepmann

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Distinguished University Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry

Contact

Smith Hall
Room 227
207 Pleasant Street Se
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Affiliations

Chemical Physics
Chemical Engineering
Materials Science
Education

Ph.D. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), 1991

B.S. (equivalent), University of Freiburg (Germany), 1987

Professional Background

Director, DOE Nanoporous Materials Genome Center, 2014 – present 

Merck Professor of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2012 – 2017

Vice Chair, Department of Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2010 – 2015 

Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Minnesota, 2010 – present 

Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota, 2006 – present

Sabbatical Fellow, Division of Chemistry and Materials Science, Lawrence Livermore Natlional Laboratory, 2003 – 2004

Professor, Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2003 – present

Associate Professor, Chemistry, University of Minnesota, 2000 – 2003

Graduate Faculty in Chemical Physics, Chemical Engineering, and Materials Science, University of Minnesota, 1994 – present

Scientific & Professional Societies
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Fellow
American Physical Society, Fellow
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
Biography

J. Ilja Siepmann is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor, a Distinguished Teaching Professor, and member of the graduate faculties in chemistry, chemical physics, chemical engineering, and materials science at the University of Minnesota. He is also the director of the DOE-funded Nanoporous Materials Genome Center and an associate editor for the Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data. He received his doctorate in chemistry from the University of Cambridge. Before joining the University of Minnesota in 1994, he carried out postdoctoral research at the IBM Zurich Research Laboratory, the Royal/Shell Laboratory in Amsterdam, and the University of Pennsylvania’s Laboratory for the Research on the Structure of Matter. His scientific interests are focused on particle-based simulations of complex chemical systems, including the prediction of phase, sorption, and reaction equilibria and of thermophysical properties, the understanding of retention in chromatography, and the investigation of microheterogeneous fluids and nucleation phenomena.

Research Interests

Chemical Theory & Computation, development of simulation algorithms and force fields

Chemical Physics, statistical mechanics of condensed phases

Environmental & Green Chemistry, atmospheric nucleation and energy-efficient separations

Nanoscience & Materials Chemistry, nanoporous and nanostructured materials

Polymer Chemistry, phase behavior and self-assembly of block oligomers

Energy & Catalysis, properties of reservoir fluids, refining and chemical conversions

Analytical & Bioanalytical Chemistry, chromatographic retention mechanisms

The efforts of Professor Siepmann’s research group are focused on particle-based simulations of complex chemical systems, including the prediction of phase, sorption, and reaction equilibria and of thermophysical properties, the understanding of retention in chromatography, and the investigation of microheterogeneous fluids and nucleation phenomena. Their research advances the capabilities of molecular simulations through the development of efficient Monte Carlo algorithms and transferable force fields.

Research Initiative & Centers

Chemical Theory Center

Nanoporous Materials Genome Center

Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

Industrial Partnership for Research in Interfacial & Materials Engineering

MURI: Predicting Turbulent Multi-Phase Flows with High Fidelity – A Physics-Based Approach

Teaching Subjects
CHEM 8561 – Thermodynamics, Statistical Mechanics, and Kinetics I
CHEM 8564 – Molecular Simulation
CHEM 1081 – Chemistry for the Life Sciences I
CHEM 1905 – Freshman Seminar: Probing Chemical Systems with Molecular Simulations
Honors and Awards

2018:     Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers
2018:    Yeram S. Touloukian Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers
2013:    Fellow, American Physical Society
2012:    First Place, Seventh Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge
2012:    Merck Professorship
2010:    University of Minnesota Academy of Distinguished Teachers
2010:    Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education
2006:    Best-in-Show, Third Industrial Fluid Properties Simulation Challenge 
2006:    Distinguished McKnight University Professorship
2000:    Fellow, Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
1998:    Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
1996:    McKnight Land-Grant Assistant Professorship
1994:    Camille and Henry Dreyfus New Faculty Award
1994:    Bush Faculty Development Program Fellowship
1994:    Best Publication 1994, KSLA, Shell Research BV
1989:    Foreign and Commonwealth Office Scholarship (British Council) 
1988:    Graduate Scholarship of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation
1987:    Unilever-Yates Scholarship
1986:    Scholarship of the Friedrich-Naumann-Foundation

Selected Publications

Mailing Address

J. Ilja Siepmann
University of Minnesota
Department of Chemistry
B-8, 139 Smith Hall, 207 Pleasant St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455-0431