Karen J. Nordheden, Ph.D.

School of Engineering - Chemical & Petroleum Engineering
Associate Professor
Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois (UIUC)
Primary office:
785-864-8820
Learned Hall
Room 4132D
University of Kansas
1530 West 15th Street
Lawrence, KS 66045


Summary

My research interests are in the areas of plasma conversion, plasma diagnostics, and microfabrication. Our most recent project involves the plasma conversion of carbon dioxide to CO and O2. Plasma reactors are an attractive alternative to conventional conversion processes since the electrons and active species in the plasma can stimulate dissociation even when the bulk gas is near room temperature and at atmospheric pressure. They are also more energy efficient. The CO obtained by splitting CO2 could be combined with hydrogen to form synthesis gas for the production of value-added fuels and chemicals.

Education

Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois (UIUC)

M.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois (UIUC)

B.S., Physics, Michigan State University

Teaching Interests

  • Process Dynamics & Controls
  • Process Safety & Sustainability
  • Introduction to Semiconductor Processing
  • Momentum Transfer
  • Heat Transfer
  • Methods of Chemical & Petroleum Calculations
  • Introduction to the Chemical Engineering Profession

Research Interests

  • Plasma processing and catalysis
  • Plasma diagnostics
  • Dry reforming, microfabrication

Selected Publications

Banerjee, A. M., Billinger, J. Nordheden, K. J., & Peeters, F. J. (2018). Conversion of CO2 in a packed-bed dielectric barrier discharge reactor. Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology A, 36(4), 04F403. DOI:10.1116/1.5024400

Jiang, Q. Faraji, S. Nordheden, K. J., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2011). CO2 reforming reaction assisted with oxygen permeable Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2Ox ceramic membranes. J. Membrane Science, 368(1-2), 69-77.

Jiang, Q. Nordheden, K. J., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2011). Oxygen permeation study and improvement of Ba0.5SSr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2Ox perovskite ceramic membranes. J. Membrane Science, 369(1-2), 174-181. DOI:10.1016/j.memsci.2010.11.073

Faraji, S. Nordheden, K. J., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2010). A comparative study of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2Ox (BSCF) and SrFeCo0.5Ox (SFC) ceramic membranes used for syngas production. Applied Catalysis B, Environmental, 99(1-2), 118-126.

Jiang, Q. Nordheden, K. J., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2009). Reaction Performance of Ba0.5SSr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2Ox Asymmetric Oxygen-Permeable Ceramic Membrane Reactor. In AICHE Annual Meeting, Nashville, TN, Conference Proceedings, pp. 539a/1-4.

Slade, D. A., Jiang, Q. Nordheden, K. J., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2009). A Comparison of Mixed-conducting Oxygen-permeable Membranes for CO2 Reforming. Catalysis Today, 148(3-4), 290-297.

Faraji, S. Nordheden, K. J., & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (2009). The Interaction Between SrFeCo0.5Ox Ceramic Membranes and Pt/CeZrO2 during Syngas Production from Methane. Catalysis Letters, 131(1), 114-121.

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Selected Presentations

Nordheden, K. J., Banerjee, A. M., Stagg-Williams, S. M., Billinger, J. Chaudhari, R. V. & Subramaniam, B. . (07/05/2015 - 07/10/2015). CO2 conversion in a cylindrical packed-bed dielectric barrier discharge. 22nd International Symposium on Plasma Chemistry. Antwerp, Belgium

Nordheden, K. J., Banerjee, A. M., Stagg-Williams, S. M., Chaudhari, R. V. & Subramaniam, B. . (03/31/2014 - 04/02/2014). CO2 Splitting in a CeO2 -ZrO2 Packed-bed dielectric Barrier Discharge Reactor. Solvay Workshop on Plasmas for Environmental Applications. Brussels, Belgium

Faraji, S. Nordheden, K. J. & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (11/07/2010 - 11/12/2010). Improvement of Catalytic Hydrogen Production from Methane Using Dense Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2Ox Ceramic Membranes. 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting, paper no. 683c. Salt Lake City, UT

Jiang, Q. Wentworth, T. Nordheden, K. J. & Stagg-Williams, S. M. (11/07/2010 - 11/12/2010). Studies of Ba0.5Sr0.5Co0.8Fe0.2Ox Asymmetric Membranes. 2010 AIChE Annual Meeting, paper no. 156e. Salt Lake City, UT

Nordheden, K. J., Pathak, B. A. & Alexander, J. L. (01/25/2009 - 01/28/2009). ICP etching of ZnO in BCl3/SF6 gas mixtures. Zinc Oxide Materials and Devices IV, Photonics West, SPIE. San Jose, CA

Selected Awards & Honors

Senior Member
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Bellows Scholar
School of Engineering, University of Kansas
2010

Celebration of Teaching Award
KU Center for Teaching Excellence
2010

W. T. Kemper Fellow Award for Teaching Excellence
2002

Henry E. Gould Award for Distinguished Service to Undergraduate Engineering Education
1999

H. Bernerd Fink Award for Excellence in Teaching
1998

Harry Talley Excellence In Teaching Award
1997


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