Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Areas of Expertise
Environmentally benign solvents and processes, ionic liquids
Director of Notre Dame’s Energy Center, Brennecke is internationally known for her research in the development of solvents, specifically supercritical fluids and ionic liquids. Her research interests include supercritical fluid technology, ionic liquids, thermodynamics, environmentally benign chemical processing, and carbon dioxide separation, storage and usage. The author of numerous groundbreaking articles on the use of SCFs and ILs, her 1999 paper in the journal Nature launched a totally new area of molecular thermodynamics − one made up entirely of ions − to exploit ionic liquids. Her scientific papers in general are among the most highly cited in chemical engineering and physical chemistry. She received the 2001 Ipatieff Prize from the ACS in recognition of her high-pressure studies of the local structure of supercritical fluid solutions and the effect of this local structure on the rates of homogeneous reactions.