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The Shell Center for Sustainability's mission is to foster an interdisciplinary program of research, outreach, and education to address actions that can be taken to ensure the sustainable development of communities' living standards, interpreted broadly, to encompass all factors affecting the overall quality of life.

Dr. Walter Chapman

William W. Akers Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department
Rice University

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Dr. Walter Chapman is the William W. Akers Professor in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Rice University.  Walter joined the Rice faculty in 1990 after receiving a bachelors degree from Clemson University, a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a couple of years with Shell Oil Company. Walter is widely recognized for applications of his research in the energy and high performance polymer industries.  The theories Walter has developed to predict fluid properties and interfacial structure of complex fluids have been widely adopted in industry, academia, and national laboratories.  His research focuses on flow assurance issues of asphaltenes and gas hydrates, polymer solutions and blends and associating fluids.  Walter is also widely recognized for experimental studies of water content in hydrocarbons at extremes of temperature and pressure. Among his recognitions are visiting professorships at TU Berlin and TU Denmark and an Outstanding Young Alumni Award from Clemson University.  In 2010, he received the Donald L. Katz Award from the Gas Processors Association in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in gas processing research and excellence in engineering education.  Walter has also received several teaching awards at Rice including the 2001 Nicolas Salgo Distinguished Teaching Award, the 2001 Graduate Student Association Teaching Award, and a 2011 George R. Brown Award for Superior Teaching.  Since 2005, Walter has been the Director of the Energy and Environmental Systems Institute at Rice University.

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