Richard Cairncross

Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Richard Cairncross

Associate Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering

Degrees / Education

  • PhD, Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1994
  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Rochester, 1989

Research Interests

Biodiesel Production. Sustainability. Waste to Energy Systems. Biodegradable Polymers and Composites

Select Publications

  • Stacy, C.J.; Melick, C.A.; Mohammed, M.; Cairncross, R.A. Esterification of Free-Fatty-Acids to Biodiesel in a Bubble Column Reactor. 2012, in preparation.
  • Mohammed, M.; Cairncross, R.A.; Two Phase Model of a Bubble Column Reactor for the Esterification of Free Fatty Acids into Biodiesel. 2012, in preparation.
  • Dever, D.; Cairncross, R.A.; Elabd, Y.A. Nanofiber Cathode Catalyst Layer Model for a Proton Exchange Membrane Fuel Cell. Submitted to Journal of Power Sources 2012.
  • Koo,D.; Du, A.; Palmese, G.R.; Cairncross, R.A. Synthesis and Water Sorption of Standard and End-capped Polylactides: the Effect of Morphology. Polym. Chem. 2012, 3(3), 718-726.
  • Koo, D.; Du, A.; Palmese, G.R.; Cairncross, R.A. Moisture Management in Polylactides: The Effect of Heat Treatment. Polymer 2012, 53(5), 1115-1123.
  • Du, A.; Koo, D.; Theryo, F.; Hillmyer, M.A.; Cairncross, R.A. Water Transport and Clustering Behavior in Homopolymer and Graft Copolymer Polylactide. J. Membr. Sci. 2012, 396, 50-56.
  • Wong, W.K; Cheng, S.; Li, C.Y.; Ahmad, I.; Cairncross, R.A.; Hsuan, Y.G. Depletion Mechanism of Antioxidants in MDPE-Clay Nanocomposites under Thermal Aging. Polym. Degrad. Stab. 2012, 97(2), 192-199.
  • Davis, E.M.; Theryo, G>; Hillmyer, M.A.; Cairncross, R.A.; Elabd, Y.A. Liquid Water Transport in Polylactide Homo and Graft Copolymers. ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 2011, 3(10), 3997-4006.
  • Du, A.; Koo, D.; Ziegler, M; Cairncross, R.A. The Effect of Heat Treatment on Water Sorption in Polylactide and Polylactide Composite via the Change in Their Glass Transition State and Isothermal Crystallization Kinetics. J. Polym. Sci., Part B: Polym. Phys. 2011, 49(12), 873-881.
  • Singh, V.M.; Koo, D.; Palmese, G.R.; Cairncross, R.A. Synthesis of Polylactide with Varying Molecular Weight and Aliphatic Content: Effect on Moisture Sorption. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2011, 120(5), 2543-2549.