David L. Minnick

Post Doctoral Researcher
PhD in Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
Primary office:
2446 LEEP2


Dave Minnick conducted his graduate work at the University of Kansas in the department of chemical and petroleum engineering from 2011-2016 as a Madison and Lila Self Graduate Fellow. The core of Minnick’s doctoral research was dedicated to leveraging ionic liquid solvent technology for the development of improved cellulosic biomass processing routes.  After completing his Ph.D. with honors in 2016, Minnick was hired as a short-term post-doctoral research associate to investigate a proprietary chemical reaction for the Chevron Phillips Chemical Company as part of a joint project between the Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis and Chevron Phillips. Today, Minnick looks forward to continuing industrial-academic collaborative research efforts as a post-doctoral research associate in Mark B. Shiflett’s laboratory.

Selected Publications

Minnick, D.L., Gilbert, W.J.R., Rocha, A.M., and Shiflett, M.B. “Thermodynamic Measurement and Modeling of Vinyl Fluoride Solubility in Aqueous Lithium Bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide Li+Tf2N- + H2O solutions” Journal of Fluid Phase Equilibrium, Accepted March, 2017

Minnick, D.L., Flores, R.A., and Scurto, A.M. “Viscosity and Rheology of Mixtures of Cellulose, Ionic Liquid, and Cosolvents for Advanced Processing” Journal of the American Chemical Society, Accepted March, 2017

Gilbert, W.J.R., Minnick, D.L., Rocha, A.M., and Shiflett, M.B., “Physical Properties of Water + Lithium bis(trifluromethylsulfonyl)imide Solutions” Journal of Chemical Engineering Data, Accepted March, 2017

Minnick, D.L., Flores, R.A., and Scurto, A.M. “Cellulose Solubility in Ionic Liquid Mixtures: Temperature, Cosolvent, and Antisolvent Effects” Journal of Physical Chemistry B, July, 2016

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto, A.M. “Reversible and Non-Reactive Cellulose Separations from Ionic Liquid Mixtures with Compressed Carbon Dioxide” Chemical Communications, June, 2015

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto, A.M. “Vapor Liquid Equilibrium in the Production of the Ionic Liquid 1-hexyl-3-methylimidazolium bromide [HMIm][Br] in Acetone” Fluid Phase Equilibria, March, 2014

Selected Presentations

Minnick, D.L., Gilbert, W.J.R., Rocha, A.M., and Shiflett, M.B. “Measurement and Modeling of Vinyl Fluoride Solubility in Aqueous Lithium Bis(trifluoromethylsulfonyl)imide Solutions” Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting (Oct. 2017)

Minnick, D.L., Danahy, B.B., and Shiflett, M.B. “Phase Behavior of Compressed Gases in Ionic Liquids at the Liquid-Solid Transition Point” Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting (Oct. 2017)

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto A.M. “Precipitation of Cellulosic Biomass from Ionic Liquid/Cosolvent Mixtures by a Non-Reactive and Energy Efficient Gas Antisolvent Method” Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting (Nov. 2015)

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto A.M. “Solvent Effects on the Dissolution and Precipitation of Cellulosic Biomass from Ionic Liquids” Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting (Nov. 2015)

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto A.M. “Separation of Cellulosic Biomass from Ionic Liquids Using Compressed Carbon Dioxide” Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting Atlanta, GA (Nov., 2014)

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto A.M. “Local Solvent Environment and Phase Equilibrium of Ionic Liquids and Dissolved Carbohydrates with Conventional and Novel Antisolvents” Proceedings of the American Chemical Society Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Aug., 2014)

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto A.M. “Use of Compressed and Supercritical Fluids for Processing of Biomass and Biomolecules mixtures with ionic liquids” Proceedings of the American Chemical Society National Meeting Dallas, TX (Mar., 2014)

Scurto, A.M., Minnick, D.L., Nwosu, S., Ahosseini, A., Ren, W., Schliecher, J., “Ionic Liquids and Compressed Gases: Reactions, Separations, and Materials Processing” Proceedings of the American Chemical Society National Meeting Dallas, TX (Mar., 2014)

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto A.M. Compressed Gases for the Separation of Biomass from Ionic Liquid Mixtures” Proceedings of the Workshop on Supercritical Fluids and Energy Campinas, Brazil (Dec., 2013)

Scurto, A.M., and Minnick, D.L. “Combining Ionic Liquids and Compressed Gases for Sustainable Process and Energy Applications” Proceedings of the Workshop on Supercritical Fluids and Energy Campinas, Brazil (Dec., 2013)

Minnick, D.L., Weatherley, L.R., and Scurto A.M. “Are Ionic Liquids “Drop In” Replacements for Conventional CO2 Capture Solvents in Packed Absorption Towers? Capital Considerations” Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Nov., 2013)

Minnick, D.L., and Scurto A.M. “Phase Equilibria and Separations Involved in the Synthesis of the Ionic Liquid 1-Hexyl-3-Methylimidazolium Bromide [HMIm][Br] in Acetone” Proceedings of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Annual Meeting San Francisco, CA (Nov., 2013)


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