Professor Adeniyi Lawal brings a wealth of knowledge and research innovation to the fields of Distributed Production of Advanced Biofuels from Biomass Waste, and Microreactor Technology for Chemical Synthesis. His work has resulted in several distinctions and awards, including the Stevens Alexander Crombie Humphreys Award for Outstanding Teaching (2000).
With global implications including a reduced reliance on foreign oil, and efficient methods of green fuel production, the research of Dr. Lawal is critical. His work is enabling distributed production of biofuel from various forms of biomass waste, and comprises two key steps, beginning with the thermochemical conversion of biomass by fast pyrolysis to pyrolysis oil, (PO), followed by and upgrading of the PO to biofuel. Another benefit of this process involves the flexibility of converting biomass of different compositions derived from multiple sources to PO and syngas, and using this syngas to produce any transportation fuel: ethanol, gasoline, or diesel.
His research on microreactor technology development focuses on the demonstration of the enhanced heat and mass transfer performance provided by microreactor in comparison to conventional-size reactors. Mass transfer enhancement of two to three orders of magnitude have been obtained for multiphase reactions carried out in single channel microreactors at low processing flow rates.
Yury Voloshin and Adeniyi Lawal. (2009). Kinetics of Hydrogen Peroxide Reduction by Hydrogen in a Microreactor, Applied Catalysis A: General. 353 9-16
John T. Adeosun and Adeniyi Lawal. (2009). Numerical and Experimental Mixing Studies in a MEMS-based Multilaminated/Elongational Flow Micromixer, Sensors and Actuators B. 139 637-647
John T. Adeosun and Adeniyi Lawal. (2009). Numerical and Experimental Studies of Mixing Characteristics in a T-junction Microchannel Using Residence-time Distribution, Chemical Engineerinf Science. 64 2422-2432
Sunitha Tadepalli and Adeniyi Lawal. (2008). The Catalytic Hydrogenation of Aromatic NitroKetone in a Microreactor: Reactor Performance and Kinetic Studies, International Journal of Chemical Rector Engineering. 6 A112
Yury Voloshin, James Manganaro and Adeniyi Lawal. (2008). Kinetics and Mechanism of Decomposition of Hydrogen Peroxide over Pd/SiO2 Catalyst, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res.. 47 8119-8125
S. Tadepalli, D. Qian and A. Lawal. (2007). Comparison of Performance of Micro-reactor and Semi-batch Reactor for Catalytic Hydrogenation of o-Nitroanisole, Catalysis Today, 125 64-73
R. Halder and A. Lawal. (2007). Experimental Study on Hydrogenation of Anthraquinone Derivative in a Micro-reactor, Catalysis Today, 125 48-55
R. Halder, A. Lawal and R. Damavarapu. (2007). Nitration of Toluene in a Micro-reactor, Catalysis Today, 125 74-80
S. Tadepalli, R. Halder and A. Lawal. (2007). Catalytic Hydrogenation of o-Nitroanisole in a Micro-reactor: Reactor Performance and Kinetic Studies, Chemical Engineering Science, 62 2663-2678
Y. Voloshin and A. Lawal. (2007). Kinetics of Hydrogen Peroxide Synthesis by Direct Combination of H2 and O2 in a Micro-reactor, Catalysis Today, 125 40-47
D. Qian and A. Lawal. (2006). Numerical Study on Gas and Liquid Slugs for Taylor Flow in a T-junction Microchannel, Chemical Engineering Science, 61 7609-7625
J. Adeosun and A. Lawal. (2005). Mass Transfer Enhancement in Micro-channel Reactors by Re-orientation of Fluid Interfaces and Stretching, Sensors and Actuators B, 110 101-111