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Douglas Patrick Harrison
Douglas Patrick Harrison is a Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineer with Louisiana State University's Gordon A. and Mary Cain Department of Chemical Engineering where he has taught undergraduate and graduate classes, served as dissertations advisor to Ph. D and M.S. students, held Department Chair position, occupied the Marguerite Voorhies Professor endowed chair, and managed several Research projects.
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Douglas Patrick Harrison, Ph.D.
Dr. Douglas P. Harrison received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas in 1966. After receiving his Ph. D he went to work for Monsanto doing new product research. After three years with Monsanto he joined Louisiana State University's Chemical Engineering Department in 1969 as an assistant professor. Later, he served as Department Chair from 1976 to 1979 and became the Alexis and Marguerite Voorhies Endowed Professor. Throughout his career he has been recognized as an expert in his area of research and has been invited to lecture at conferences and colleges including Engineering Conferences International, United Engineering Foundation, American Institute of Chemical Engineers(AIChE), University of Cambridge, and NATO Advance Studies Institute. In 2005, after 36 years of service with LSU, he retired from teaching and now continues his three research programs as Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering.
During his time he has taught the majority of undergraduate courses. He also taught the graduate course on reactor design. After his time as Department Chair continued working close with the chemical engineering graduate program as a doctoral and masters dissertation advisor. He helped 10 PH.D students and 31 M.S. students complete their program. For his teaching he has received the LSU DOW Award four times in 1988, 1995, 2000 and 2002, which no other professor has done.
Much of Dr. Harrison's research has been focused on separation and reaction engineering. His work has mainly been focused on the noncatalytic gas-solid reactions and separation of gas associated with coal-fired electric power generation. His other research includes new processes for the production of high purity Hydrogen, removal of greenhouse gasses from Stack Gas (Flue gas), and the separation of semi-volatile contaminants from aqueous solutions.
His current research includes three projects:
He continues his work in "High Efficiency Desulfurization of Synthesis Gas (Syngas)," a topic he has been working with for 25 years. Hydrogen sulfide is a potential pollutant and its removal helps improves efficiency of the reaction. Past research has included the use of CeO to Ce2O2S for desulfination. Current research is with the Sorbent, CeO2-ZrO2 to reduce the hydrogen sulfide content to sub-ppm content. This research is supported by the Department of Energy (DOE) and is being used to help meet their Vision 21 project, a super-clean power production facility. Because of Douglas Harrison's expertise in this area he was part of the organizing committee for the 1996 NATO Advanced Studies Institute in Kuşadası, Turkey. He also took part as a lecturer and co-editor of the proceedings.
Other research is being carried out in reduction of CO2 from flue gas using regenerable reagents. This research is working towards making an economic solution to retrofit existing stacks on power plants to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide, one of the products of a combustion reaction and regarded as a pollutant thought to be a cause to Global Warming. This project is also supported by the Department of Energy and Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina and can be utilized in completion of the Vision 21 project. He was also published in the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management 2004 - Vol. 4 for his work in this area.
Another area of research is new Hydrogen production methods, something he has been working with for 10 years. With Professor Armando Corripio and support from NASA and TDA he has been researching how to produce 95+% Hydrogen with the use of only a single reactor, a process that currently takes 3 vessels. Other groups in the US, Japan, and Norway are also incorporating his work into their research and in 2001 he was invited to the 4th Advanced Clean Coal International Symposium in Tokyo to lecture on this topic. For his work in this area, along with colleagues in Los Alamos, Dr. Harrison received one of 30 awards in 2001 from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for advancing "Technology in Service to Society."
He currently holds a patent along with Klaus S. Lackner and Hans Zoick for Hydrogen Production from Carbonaceous Material.
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