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William S. Epling

Professor
Unit: School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department: Department of Chemical Engineering
Office location and address
Chemical Engineering, 117D
385 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Education
B.S. Virginia Tech, 1992​
Ph.D. University of Florida, 1997​
Post-Doc Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, 1997-1998​
Biography

Bill received his PhD from the University of Florida in 1997 and his BS from Virginia Tech in 1992, both in Chemical Engineering. He followed a relatively unique career path that has given him a broad perspective in the field of environmental catalysis, including catalyst design, manufacture, characterization and application. This was gained by working across a spectrum of locations; a national lab (Pacific Northwest National Lab), a catalyst manufacturing company (EmeraChem), and an engine manufacturer (Cummins Inc) before he returned to academia (University of Waterloo, University of Houston and now University of Virginia). His research has most recently focused on diesel and natural gas engine emissions reduction, catalyst degradation and utilization of natural gas in the production of value-added chemicals.

ECO-CBET Preliminary Proposal: Reducing harmful diesel engine emissions through integration of combustion and catalysis research with life cycle analysis
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2024
EFRI DCheM: Precise but Tunable Reactions Through Tunably Precise Surfaces
Source: U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF)
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2024
Design and Optimization of Structured Multi-Functional Trapping Catalysts for Conversion of Hydrocarbons and NOx from Diesel and Advanced Combustion Engines
Source: University of Houston
October 01, 2017 – September 30, 2021
Investigation of Metal Ion Mobility Under Exposure to Deactivating Agents
Source: Virginia Space Grant Consortium
September 01, 2020 – August 31, 2021
Reduced Precious Metal Catalysts for Methane and NOx Emission Control of Natural Gas Vehicles
Source: University of Houston
May 01, 2018 – April 30, 2021
Joint research program on emissions control devices for advanced combustion engines
Source: UT-Battelle, LLC
February 01, 2019 – December 31, 2020
Emissions Control Catalysts - mechanisms and degradation
Source: AB Volvo
January 01, 2020 – December 31, 2020
Characterizing Cu/SAPO34 Before and After Degradation
Source: AB Volvo
July 22, 2019 – January 21, 2020
Regenerating Cu/SAPO34 after the Low Temperature Water Degradation Mode
Source: AB Volvo
January 14, 2019 – March 01, 2019
CHE 4450: Energy Science and Technologies
Credits: 3
Overview of energy technologies with an emphasis on materials research and development concepts and current production. The scope of these technologies within the broader contexts of innovation and energy policy. Topics will include fossil fuels, electrochemical energy storage, fuel cells, and photovoltaics. Prerequisite: Fourth-Year or Higher Standing in Chemical Engineering
CHE 4995: Chemical Engineering Research
Credits: 1–3
Library and laboratory study of an engineering or manufacturing problem conducted in close consultation with a departmental faculty member, often including the design, construction, and operation of laboratory scale equipment. Requires progress reports and a comprehensive written report. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
CHE 5561: Special Topics in Chemical Engineering
Credits: 1–3
Applies engineering science, design methods, and system analysis to developing areas and current problems in chemical engineering. Topics are announced at registration.
CHE 6450: Energy Science and Technologies
Credits: 3
Overview of energy technologies with an emphasis on materials research and development concepts and current production. The scope of these technologies within the broader contexts of innovation and energy policy. Topics will include fossil fuels, electrochemical energy storage, fuel cells, and photovoltaics.
CHE 7993: Independent Study
Credits: 1–12
Detailed study of graduate course material on an independent basis under the guidance of a faculty member.
CHE 7995: Supervised Project Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to project research for Master of Engineering degree under the guidance of a faculty advisor. May be repeated as necessary.
CHE 8897: Graduate Teaching Instruction
Credits: 1–12
For master's students.
CHE 8998: Master's Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to master's thesis research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.
CHE 9999: Dissertation Research
Credits: 1–12
Formal record of student commitment to doctoral research under the guidance of a faculty advisor. Registration may be repeated as necessary.