Lawrence L. Tavlarides


Biomedical and Chemical Engineering

349 Link Hall


Research Interests:

  • Liquid – Liquid mixing
  • Ultrasound measurements of liquid- Liquid dispersion phase fraction
  • Adsorbent synthesis for metal ion separations
  • Adsorption of radioactive gases
  • Supercritical biofuels synthesis
  • Supercritical diesel fuel combustion
  • Physical properties of diesel fuel
  • Indoor air quality

Current Research:

Professor Tavlarides’ current research activities include iodine, alkyl iodides and water(substitute for tritiated water) adsorption as required for radioactive gases capture that are released in the treatment processes of spent nuclear reactor fuel waste. Studies include data acquisition of kinetic rates of adsorption and equilibrium adsorption of model gases for various adsorbents over a range of conditions, and development of kinetic and equilibrium models to describe these processes. Similar multicomponent data will also be obtained and models developed for these systems. The results will be employed in adsorption column codes to design separation facilities for capture of these and other radioactive gases such as tritium, CO2, krypton and xenon This program is ongoing through DOE NEUP funding and involves a collaborative effort with Georgia Institute of Technology, Prairie View Texas A&M, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Idaho National Laboratory

Other work is in progress to develop and evaluate special injectors for injection of supercritical diesel fuel at high temperatures (~ 350-400 0C) for a novel diesel engine concept and to evaluate the combustion products and efficiency of combustion using the injector. The NYSERDA support is currently closing, however, a proposal is pending with the DOE ARPA-E program. Additionally, we are studying the properties of diesel fuel and the stability of diesel fuel under these high temperature conditions. A proposal is pending for this work with National Institute of Standards and Technology to study the thermophysical and chemical properties of dieseline. Similar to this project is the process of biodiesel fuel production through transesterification reactions of vegetable oils, waste oils and algae lipids with supercritical methanol. We have determine reaction conditions for efficient production (T = 350-400 0C, P= 150-200 bar and residence time of 8-10 min) and provided economic analyses of the production facilities which show that the manufacturing costs are ~50% less than other processes for biofuel production. We are currently demonstrating the feasibility of the process with algae oil, are designing a pilot plant facility, and will be seeking support from various agencies.

Teaching Interests:

  • Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • Heat and Mass Transfer Operations
  • Nuclear Engineering and Nuclear Waste Treatment.

It is noted that a grant has been awarded by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to develop a nuclear engineering minor for the College of ECS available to all engineering students (L.L. Tavlarides, P.I.; H.E. Khalifa and P. Ghosh, Co-PIs). The minor is being launched spring 2012.


  • American Chemical Society, Fellow of the Industrial & Engineering March 17, 2011 Chemistry Division. In recognition of research which impacts both chemistry and chemical engineering.
  • AIChE Annual Symposium Session: In Honor of Larry Tavlarides Nov. 13, 2006 on his 65th birthday
  • North American Mixing Forum (Division of AIChE) Award for 2001 Excellence in Research
  • Syracuse University Chancellor’s Citation Award for Excellence in Academic Achievement 1994
  • Anaren Microwave Award for Excellence in Scholarship 1993
  • Fellow, American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1990
  • Shell Postdoctoral Fellow, Technical 1968 – 1969
  • University of Delft Certificate of Recognition by AIChE National 1976 for serving as Chicago Section Chairman
  • National AIChE Award for Excellence to IIT Nov. 1972 Student Chapter: L.L. Tavlarides, Chapter Advisor

Select Publications:

M. Sidheswaren, L.L. Tavlarides, “Characterization and Visible Light Photocatalytic Activity of Cerium- and Iron-Doped Titanium Dioxide Sol-Gel Materials,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Res. (2009), 48 (23), 10292–10306.

V.F. Marulanda, G. Anitescu, L.L. Tavlarides, “Biodiesel Fuels through a Continuous Flow Process of Chicken Fat Supercritical Transesterification,” Energy & Fuels (2010), 24(1), 255-260.

A. Deshpande, G. Anitescu, P.A. Rice, L.L. Tavlarides, “Supercritical Biodiesel Production and Power Cogeneration: Technical and Economic Feasibilities,” Bioresource Technology (2010), 101(6), 1834-1843.

R. Lin, L.L. Tavlarides, “Diffusion coefficients of Diesel Fuel and Surrogate Compounds in Supercritical Carbon Dioxide,” Journal of Supercritical Fluids (2010), 52(1), 47-55.

R. Lin, L.L. Tavlarides, “Determination of binary diffusion coefficients in supercritical carbon dioxide by supercritical fluid chromatography: Effects of mobile phase mean velocity and column orientation,” Journal of Chromatography A, 1217 (2010), 4454-4462.

V.F. Marulanda, G. Anitescu, L.L. Tavlarides, “Investigations on supercritical transesterification of chicken fat for biodiesel production from low-cost lipid feedstocks,” Journal of Supercritical Fluids 54 (2010) 53-60.

H.-J. Park, L.L. Tavlarides, “Adsorption of Neodymium(III) from Aqueous Solutions Using Phosphorus Functionalized Adsoporbent,” Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research (2010) V49n24, 12567-12575.

R. Lin and L.L. Tavlarides, “Thermophysical properties needed for the development of the supercritical diesel combustion technology: Evaluation of diesel fuel surrogate models, Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 71, 136-146, 2012.

T. Bruno, G. Anitescu, L.L.Tavlarides, “Dieseline for Supercritical Injection and Combustion in Compression-Ignition Engines: Volatility, Phase Transitions, Spray/Jet Structure, and Thermal Stability”, Energy and Fuels, in press.