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Davis, Robert H

Professor and the Tony Tisone Endowed Chair


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research overview

  • Professor Davis’ research interests involve soft matter in the form of complex fluids and wet granular materials. His current work involves (1) droplet and emulsion flows in porous media, membranes, and microfluidic devices; (2) hydrophobic particle capture by water-in-oil emulsion binders and modeling of osmotic swelling of emulsion droplets; (3) simulations of wet granular flows; and (4) manipulation of cell and particle motion in complex channels and bioprinting. It has applications in biotechnology, energy, materials, and separations.


  • complex fluids, membrane separations, biotechnology


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courses taught

  • CHEN 3200 - Chemical Engineering Fluid Mechanics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Introduces fluid mechanics and momentum transfer, emphasizing the application of these principles to chemical engineering systems. Same as CVEN 3313 and MCEN 3021.
  • CHEN 3210 - Chemical Engineering Heat Transfer
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Fall 2022 / Fall 2023
    Examines conservation and transfer of mass and thermal energy. Focuses on conduction and convection of heat in the context of chemical processes and heat exchangers. Addresses radiation. Also studies mass transfer rate processes, including diffusion, microscopic material balances, and correlations for mass transfer coefficients.
  • CHEN 3211 - Chemical Engineering Mass Transfer
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2022 / Spring 2023 / Spring 2024
    Study of mass-transfer rate processes, including diffusion, convection, microscopic material balances, and correlations for mass-transfer coefficients.
  • CHEN 4330 - Chemical Engineering Reaction Kinetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Introduces chemical kinetics and chemical reactor design. Involves mass and energy balances for steady-state and transient reactor systems. Also covers residence time distribution, mass transfer,catalytic reactions, and multiple steady states in reactors.
  • CHEN 4830 - Chemical Engineering Biokinetics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2021 / Spring 2023
    Introduces chemical kinetics, chemical reactor design, and biological kinetics. Involves mass and energy balances for steady-state and transient reactor systems. Also covers residence time distribution, mass transfer, catalytic reactions, multiple steady states in reactors, enzyme kinetics, metabolic networks, and cell growth kinetics.
  • CHEN 5210 - Transport Phenomena
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Considers continuum mechanics, emphasizing fundamental relationships for fluid mechanics and heat and mass transfer and their applications to engineering problems. Department enforced prerequisites: undergraduate courses in fluid mechanics, heat transfer, and differential equations.
  • CHEN 5730 - Mathematical Methods Short Course for Chemical Engineers
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2019 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021 / Fall 2021 / Spring 2022 / Fall 2022
    Determine and apply appropriate analytical methods, which may include linear and nonlinear algebraic equations, ordinary differential equations and partial differential equations, to solve an array of chemical engineering problems. Identify and interpret the differences between model predictions and experimental results.
  • CHEN 5838 - Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Graduate-selected topics courses offered upon demand. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 5919 - Special Topics in CHBE
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020 / Spring 2023
    May be repeated up to 5 total credit hours.
  • CHEN 6210 - Microhydrodynamics of Suspensions and Colloids
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2023
    Focuses on fluid mechanics and colloid science of suspensions of particles, cells, and drops. Covers fundamentals, applications, and research frontiers.
  • COEN 3930 - Engineering Internship/Co-op
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2023
    Students enrolled in this course participate in a pre-approved internship or cooperative education program with an employer that allows them to explore the relationship between theory and practice and demonstrate evidence of significant learning (e.g., academic assignments and employer/sponsor evaluations). Pass/Fail only. Up to 3 credits may apply towards BS degree program's Free Electives (even if student has multiple enrollments in this course and/or COEN 4950). Students should contact the CEAS Extracurricular Programs Manager for more information. Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA is required.


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