The Soroush group is currently conducting research in Polymer Reaction Engineering, Process Risk Assessment and Fault Detection, and Solar Cell Modeling and Optimization.
In Polymer Reaction Engineering, the Soroush group conducts experimental and theoretical/computational studies to understand mechanisms of high-temperature polymerization reactions of acrylates and methacrylates. Reactions are modeled and simulated at quantum level, and then the knowledge gained on the reaction mechanisms is used in macroscopic modeling of polymerization reactors. Their ultimate aim is to design novel processes for the production of higher quality, environmentally friendlier resins and coatings at lower operating costs. In this area, the Soroush group collaborates with University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Chemistry and DuPont.
In Process Risk Assessment and Fault Detection, the group uses historical process data to probabilistically assess risks and identify faults. Their methods provide online estimates that alert operators about potentially serious safety problems. The methods identify the root cause(s) of triggered alarms in a short period of time so that the process personnel with help from control and safety systems can return the process operation to normal, or steer the process to safer conditions. The group has tested their methods on a plant at Air Liquide. In this area, the group collaborates with University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Chemical Engineering and Wharton School of Business, and Air Liquide.
In Solar Cell Modeling and Optimization, the group employs an integrated research strategy involving first-principles mathematical modeling and simulation, synthesis and characterization to design solid-state dye sensitized solar cells with optimal performance, and optimally operate and integrate the cells. Central to this research is the hypothesis that higher power conversion efficiencies will be obtained by reducing major losses in electrical conduction within the photoanode and electrolyte of the cell. In this project the group collaborates with Dr. Ken Lau and University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Chemical Engineering.
Masoud Soroush: Research Group Website