Contact Information:
Phone: (312) 996-9430
Fax: (312) 413-0447
Lab: 312-433-1933

K. Brezinsky
Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

B.S., (magna cum laude) with Honors in Chemistry
City College of the City University of New York

Ph.D., Physical Chemistry
The City University of New York

  • Chairman, Host Committee for the 30th International Symposium on Combustion to be held at UIC July, 2004
  • Chairman, Host Committee for the 3rd Joint Meeting of the U.S. Sections of the Combustion Institute to be held at UIC March, 2003.
  • UIC College of Engineering Faculty Research Award, 2002
  • Fellowship Awardee as Foreign Researcher of Distinction, Minister of Research and Technology, France.Phi Beta Kapp
Selected Publications

“Modeling the Combustion of Toluene-N-Butane Blends”, 27th International Symposium on Combustion, The Combustion Institute, Pittsburgh, PA. p337-344 1998 (with S. Klotz and I. Glassman).

“Self-Propagating High-Temperature Synthesis of Titanium Nitride”, AIAA Paper 99-0697, 1999 (with K-O Lee, J.J. Cohen).

“Fluidized-Bed Combustion Synthesis of Titanium Nitride”, Proc. Comb. Inst. 28, 1373-1380, 2000. (with K-O. Lee and J.J. Cohen).

“Calibration of Reaction Temperatures in Very High Pressure Shock Waves Using Chemical Thermometers", International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 33,722, 2001 (with R.S. Tranter, R. Sivaramakrishnan, and N. Srinivasan.).

"Combustion Synthesis of Advanced Ceramics in a Fluidized Bed", Ceramic Engineering and Science Proceedings, 22(4), 19-26, 2001 (with A. Jain).

"Design of a High Pressure Single Pulse Shock Tube for Chemical Kinetic Investigations", Review of Scientific Instruments, 72, 3046, 2001 (with R.S. Tranter and D. Fulle).

"Opportunities of Diagnostics in the Combustion Synthesis of Materials", Applied Combustion Diagnostics, K. Kohse-Hoinghaus and J.B. Jeffries, eds. 2002., pp. 587-605.

“High Pressure, High Temperature Shock Tube Studies of Hydrocarbons”, Physical Chemistry/Chemical Physics, 4, 2001-2010, 2002 (with R. Tranter, R. Sivaramakrishnan and M.D. Allendorf).

"Microwave Assisted Combustion Synthesis of Tantalum Nitride in a Fluidized Bed", In Press, Journal of the American Ceramics Society (with A. Jain).

“Microwave Assisted Combustion Synthesis of Chromium Nitride in a Fluidized Bed”, In Press, Proc. Int. Comb. Symp. 29 (with A. Jain).
“High-Pressure Single-Pulse Shock Tube Investigation of Rich and Stoichiometric Ethane Oxidation”, In press, Proc. Int. Comb. Symp. 29, (with R.S. Tranter, H. Ramamoorthy, A. Raman, and M. D. Allendorf).

Research Interests

Combustion chemistry: The focus is on high temperature gas phase chemical kinetics related to combustion processes with a special emphasis on relevance to environmental impact. A very high pressure single pulse shock tube (a chemical shock tube) is used for these studies. The shock tube when coupled to gas chromatography/mass spectrometry permits the examination of stable species formed during the pyrolysis and oxidation of aromatic compounds such as toluene, benzene and phenol, cyclics such as cyclopentadiene and furan and nitrogen/sulfur containing compounds such as pyrrole and the thiols. Furthermore, soot formation processes, of significance to cleaning burning fuels, resulting from the reactions of species like propargyl radical, hexadiyne and diacetylene can be studied in the shock tube at very high pressures.

Combustion synthesis of materials: Non-oxide refractory materials such as titanium nitride, silicon nitride, titanium hydride and various carbides are all amenable to synthesis using self sustaining combustion processes. The high but controllable temperatures of the combustion process often lead to higher purity and better quality products. The fundamental nature of solid/gas combustion synthesis processes especially as it impacts the size, shape and composition of small powder particle products are being examined in variable density fluidized beds of metal articles in reactive fluids such as nitrogen. With the addition of microwave heating, these metal particles form nanolayers that have potential catalytic activity for hydrodenitrogenation and desulfurization, the water gas shift reaction and direct fuel oxidation in fuel cells.


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