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Chemical Engineering

Peter H. Pfromm | Adjunct Professor

Photo of Peter PfrommPh.D. – 1994, University of Texas at Austin
Chemical Engineering
M.S. – 1985, University of Stuttgart, Germany
Process Engineering

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Professional Experience
Peter Pfromm completed the degree of Diplom-Ingenieur (M.S.) in process technology at the University of Stuttgart in 1985. His M.S. thesis work was at Daimler Benz AG in Stuttgart, Germany, and he had internships at Heckler und Koch, Oberndorf, Germany, Dow Chemical, Stade, Germany, and Daimler Benz A.G. During his studies he also worked as a research assistant at the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology, Stuttgart, Germany. After three years as a research scientist at Membrane Technology and Research, Inc., in Menlo Park, California, Pfromm returned to the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology for one year before joining the research group of Professor Bill Koros at the University of Texas at Austin where he obtained his Ph.D. in chemical engineering in 1994. He was an assistant professor, associate professor, and unit leader of the Kraft Chemical Recovery Unit at the Institute of Paper Science and Technology in Atlanta (now a unit of Georgia Tech) from 1994 to 2002. Pfromm joined the department of chemical engineering at K-State in 2002, and was promoted to professor in 2006.

Pfromm's research deals with the fundamentals and applications of membrane separations ranging from gas separations to electrodialysis and reverse osmosis. His publications and patents encompass all membrane separation processes. Separation processes often consume a large fraction of energy for a given process.  Applications and process evaluation in the area of renewable energy therefore complements the fundamental focus on membranes in separations. The decoupling of food production from fossil energy through novel ammonia synthesis approaches is a recent research area of special emphasis.

Academic Highlights
Pfromm has authored and co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed research papers that have been cited more than 1000 times, with an h-index of 22 (Thomson Reuters Web of Science). He is co-inventor of three U.S. patents, has co-authored two book chapters, and has served as a panel member and peer reviewer for the National Academies. Pfromm and his students have given numerous presentations at national and international conferences with many published proceedings. His research has been funded by the U.S. pulp and paper industry through the Institute of Paper Science and Technology, the State of Georgia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Textiles Center and several industrial sponsors.