Bonnecaze, Roger T. Ph.D.

William and Bettye Nowlin Chair in Engineering
Bonnecaze, Roger T.

Office: M,W,F MER 1.206
T, Th CPE 5.454
Mailing Address:
Phone: MER (512) 471-3945
CPE (512) 471-1497
The University of Texas at Austin
Fax: McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
Email: 200 E Dean Keeton St. Stop C0400
UT Mail: C0400 Austin, TX 78712-1589

Research Areas: Modeling & Simulation, Process Engineering, Advanced Materials, Polymers & Nanotechnology

Research Group Website

Research Presentation for Prospective Graduate Students

Educational Qualifications

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1991)
M.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology (1987)
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University (1985)
British Petroleum Post-Doctoral Fellow, Institute of Theoretical Geophysics
Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
University of Cambridge, UK (1991-1992)

Courses Taught

ChE 385m Surface Phenomena
ChE 348 Numerical Methods in Chemical Engineering
ChE 102 Introduction to Chemical Engineering


My research focuses on the discovery and understanding of fundamental phenomena in the behavior of complex fluid and materials processing flows and applying this knowledge to modeling, design and use of industrial and natural processes.  In my research group, we are actively addressing these challenging issues using experimental, computational and theoretical tools, many of which are developed within the group.

Current areas of focus include:

•  The rheology, memory and aging of soft-particle pastes
•  Suspension transport
•  Microrheology and biomechanics of cancer cells
•  Immersion and imprint Lithography
•  Flow, reaction and transport in porous media
•  Theoretical design of polymer barrier materials

Awards & Honors

Research Recognition

Thomas Baron Award in Fluid-Particle Systems, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (2011)
Fellowship of the American Physical Society, Division of Fluid Dynamics (2006)
Journal of Rheology, Publication Award (2004)
Packard Fellowship, David and Lucile Packard Foundation (1994)
NSF Young Investigator Award (1993)

Named Lectureships/Visiting Professorships

Michelin Professor, ESPCI, France (2011)
Julian C. Smith Lecturer, Cornell (2010)
Robert. W. Vaughn Lectureship, California Institute of Technology (2005)
Joliot-Curie Visiting Professor, ESPCI, France (2004)

Teaching Awards and University Recognition

The University of Texas Best Research Paper Award (2006)
T. Brockett Hudson Professor of Chemical Engineering (2002-present)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. Award for Excellence in Engineering Teaching (2001)
Most Outstanding Faculty Member in Chemical Engineering (1997)
College of Engineering Faculty Leadership Award (1996)
Texas Ex-Students Teaching Award (1996)
Award for Outstanding Engineering Teaching by an Assistant Professor (1995)

Selected Publications

  • Metin, C.O., Bonnecaze, R.T. & Nguyen, Q.P. 2011 Shear Rheology of Silica Nanoparticle Dispersions, Appl. Rheol. 21, 13146.
  • Carranza, S., Paul, D.R. & Bonnecaze, R.T. 2010 Analytic design formulae for the design of reactive polymer blend barrier materials, J. Membrane Sci. J. Membrane Sci. 360, 1-8.
  • Baker, E.L., Lu, J., Yu, D., Bonnecaze, R.T. & Zaman, M. H. 2010 Cancer cell stiffness: Integrated roles of matrix stiffness and transforming potential, Biophysical J. 99(7), 2048-57.
  • Bonnecaze, R.T. & Cloitre, M. 2010 Micromechanics of Soft Particle Glasses, Adv. Polym. Sci. doi:10.1007/12.2010.90.


Institute for Theoretical Chemistry (ITC)
Texas Materials Institute (TMI)
Center for Nano- and Molecular Science and Technology

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