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Researcher: Ross Swaney

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Areas of Expertise
  • Applied mathematics
  • Process systems engineering
  • Process systems design, modeling, and optimization
  • Process modeling with guaranteed convergence
  • Flowsheet synthesis of separation processes
  • Process synthesis and optimization
  • Process configuration and impact on the resulting design's performance
  • Scientific basis for synthesis of the process flowsheet configuration
  • Network synthesis models and optimal configurations
  • Robust techniques for┬ámodeling and optimization problems
  • Large systems of nonlinear equations that form process system models
  • Physical variational principles together with techniques of global optimization
  • Processes that will perform well in spite of uncertainties and limitations in the accuracy of process models
  • Geometric design synthesis:┬ácomputational methods that can determine the optimal shapes and three-dimensional arrangement of the process components
Web Site Ross Swaney's Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Website
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Issued Patent(s)
  • 8,123,904 - Method of making medium density fiberboard, issued February 2012.
  • 8,092,647 - Method for treating lignocellulosic materials, issued January 2012.
  • 7,306,698 - Method for producing pulp, issued December 2007.
  • 7,008,505 - Eucalyptus biomechanical pulping process, issued March 2006.
USPTO Published Applications
  • 20100300634 - Method of making medium density fiberboard, published December 2010.
  • 20090194243 - Method for treating lignocellulosic materials, published August 2009.
  • 20080264588 - Method of making medium density fiberboard, published October 2008.
  • 20040154762 - Eucalyptus biomechanical pulping process, published August 2004.
  • 20030041985 - Method for producing pulp, published March 2003.
Recent Publication(s)
  • Experimental study of the hydraulic operation of an annular centrifugal contactor with various mixing vane geometries. Wardle KE, Allen TR, Anderson MH, Swaney RE. AIChE J. 2009 Dec 14;56(8):1960-1974. doi: 10.1002/aic.12110.

  • Analysis of the effect of mixing vane geometry on the flow in an annular centrifugal contactor. Wardle KE, Allen TR, Anderson MH, Swaney RE. AIChE J. 2009 Jul 16;55(9):2244-2259. doi: 10.1002/aic.11855.
Recent Artistic Works
  • Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kent E. Wardle
  • Dept. of Chemical Engineering, Universidad de Antofagasta, Luis A. Cisternas
  • Departamento de Processos Quimicos, Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Reginaldo Guirardello
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Research Facilities
E-mail Address [email protected]
Phone Number 608-262-3641
Current University UW–Madison
Department Chemical and Biological Engineering
Title Associate Professor
Other Appointments
Address Line 1 2008 Engineering Hall
Address Line 2 1415 Engineering Drive
City Madison
State WI
Zip Code 53706
Bachelor's Degree B.S., Carnegie-Mellon University
Master's Degree M.S., Carnegie-Mellon University
PhD Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University
Other Degrees M.B.A., University of Chicago
Technologies Available for Licensing Method for Producing Pulp

Efficient Method for Pretreating Lignocellulosic Materials to Produce Paper with Improved Properties

Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF) with Improved Water Resistance