Bruce A. Kowert, PhD
Professor of Chemistry
205 Monsanto Hall
PhD, University of Texas-Austin, 1971
The translational diffusion constants for nonpolar solutes in nonpolar solvents (n-alkanes and cycloalkanes) are being measured using microcapillaries and the Taylor dispersion method. The results are being compared with the predictions of the Stokes-Einstein equation and are being interpreted using the results of molecular dynamics simulations and rough-hard-sphere theories. Free volume approaches are also being considered.