Adel F. Sarofim
Senior Technical Advisor



Dr. Sarofim has served as Senior Technical Advisor to Reaction Engineering International in Salt Lake City. He is also Presidential Professor in the Department of Chemical and Fuels Engineering at REI. He has carried out research on radiative heat transfer, furnace design, circulation patterns in glass melts, the freeze process for desalination, nitric oxide formation in combustion systems, combustion generated aerosols, soot and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon formation, and the characterization of carbon structure and reactivity. He serves as a general consultant to REI and its customers in areas related to the performance and emissions from a variety of industrial processes.


  • Sc. D., Chemical Engineering, M.I.T., 1962
  • S. M., Chemical Engineering Chemistry, M.I.T., 1957
  • B. A., Chemistry, Oxford University, 1955


  • Senior Technical Advisor, Reaction Engineering International, Salt Lake City, Utah (1996 - Present)
    • Provides analysis and advice on the development of approaches to problems involving chemical kinetics of pollutants and air toxics, the combustion and gasification of fuels, the modeling of heat transfer, and the formation of and dynamics of aerosols.

  • Professor, Department of Chemical and Fuels Engineering, University of Utah (1996-Present)
    • Teaches Combustion class and supervises research on NOx formation, mineral matter vaporization, formulation of surrogate fuels, and soot formation.

  • Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT, Cambridge, MA (1961-1996)
    • Taught courses in combustion, radiative transfer, transport phenonema, and environmental engineering and supervised research, primarily in combustion generated pollutants and radiative transfer.

Professional Societies

Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Lambda Upsilon, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Chemical Society, The Combustion Institute, Solar Energy SocietyRegistered Professional Engineer (Massachusetts)

National Committees

  • E..P.A. Air Pollution Research Grant Advisory Committee, 1971
  • New England Consortium on Air Pollution Board of Directors, 1972-1974
  • Office of Science and Technology Panel on Hazardous Trace Substances, 1970-1972
  • National Academy of Sciences Committee on Chemicals in the Environment, 1972-1974
  • American Flame Research Committee Technical Secretary, 1967-1976
  • H.E.W. Committee on Health and Ecological Effects of Increased Coal Utilization, 1977
  • Health Effects Working Group on Coal Technologies, Interagency Committee on the Health and Environmental Effects of Energy Technologies, 1979
  • National Academy of Sciences Committee on Hazardous Substances in the Laboratory, 1981-1983
  • American Association of Aerosol Research, Board of Directors, 1981-1986
  • National Research Council, Energy Engineering Board, 1983
  • National Research Council, Committee on Chemical Engineering Frontiers, 1984-1988
  • E.P.A., Science Advisory Board, Strategic Research Subcommittee 1987-1988
  • National Research Council, Committee on Shipboard Pollution, 1991-1993
  • National Research Council, Committee on Health Effects of Incineration, 1991-1996

Awards and Honors

  • Sir Alfred Egerton Gold Medal, The Combustion Institute, 1984
  • Kuwait Prize for Petrochemical Engineering, 1983
  • Hoyt C. Hottel Lecturer, Combustion Institute, 1986
  • Lacey Lecturer, California Institute of Technology, 1987
  • The Walter Ahlström Prize, The Finnish Academies of Technology, 1993
  • The Senior Thermal Engineering and the Towend-BCURA Awards of the Institute of Energy, 1994
  • The University of Pittsburgh's 1995 Award for Innovation in Coal Conversion
  • The Homer H. Lowry Award in Fossil Energy, Department of Energy, 1996
  • The Percy Nicholls Award, American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fuels and Combustion Technology Division, 1996
  • The Lawrence K. Cecil Award, Environmental Division, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1998
  • Doctorate in Chemical Engineering, Honoris Causa, University of Naples "Federico II", 1998
  • Energy Systems Award, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2000.
  • Peter H. Given Lecturer, Pennsylavania State University, 2001.
  • Elected to the National Academy of Engineering, 2003
  • George Westinghouse Gold Medal, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, 2004

Editorial Advisory Boards

  • Solar Energy Journal, 1968-1977
  • International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 1970-1977
  • Progress in Energy and Combustion Science, 1977 - present
  • Combustion Science and Technology, 1978 - present
  • Aerosol Science and Technology, 1982-1986

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