Joan Brennecke

Joan Brennecke

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Keating-Crawford Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Office: 180 Fitzpatrick Hall
Phone: 574-631-5847

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Areas of Expertise

Environmentally benign solvents and processes, ionic liquids

Director of Notre Dame’s Center for Sustainable Energy, 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.


Fighting for the Environment

Sustainability in Action

The Creation of Ionic Liquids


Thomson Reuters names three Notre Dame faculty among the world’s most influential scientific minds
Joan F. Brennecke awarded American Chemical Society’s E.V. Murphree Award
Brennecke elected to National Academy of Engineering
Brennecke, Kamat included in listing of top 100 chemists
Brennecke named editor of American Chemical Society journal
Brennecke receives $2.5 million energy research grant
Department of Energy honors Notre Dame professor
Joan Brennecke named Stieglitz lecturer
Engineering’s Brennecke receives Prausnitz Award
Brennecke receives national chemical engineering award
Brennecke to chair Council for Chemical Research


International Business Times — Energy sustainability and environmental protection grants from academic and government organisations are on the rise
Inside Indiana Business — Indiana Thinkers Make ‘Most Influential Minds’ List