Maginn named Fellow by AIChE


Edward J. Maginn, the Dorini Family Professor of Energy Studies and chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Nominated by peers and elected by the AIChE Board of Directors, Fellow is the highest grade of membership in the organization, which boasts over 60,000 members across more than 110 countries. Each Fellow must have attained a minimum of 25 years of experience, demonstrated significant service to the profession of chemical engineering, and been a member of the organization for at least 10 years.

Maginn, who is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, was recognized for his research, which focuses on the development and application of molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo simulation methods to study the thermodynamic and transport properties of materials. The information gained as a result of this work — understanding how chemical composition and structure controls the properties of fluids and solids — allows Maginn and his team to partner with experimental groups in the development of new materials that are useful in applications ranging from energy storage to chemical separations.  

Current projects within the Maginn group include, but are not limited to, thermophysical and transport properties of ionic liquids, understanding the behavior of actinide ions and clusters in solutions, simulating energetic ionic materials, and conducting simulations of electrolytes for advanced battery storage technologies.

A Notre Dame faculty member since 1995, Maginn’s work has consistently been sponsored by organizations such as the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

In addition to his research duties and his responsibilities in the classroom, Maginn has worked on numerous editorial boards. He currently serves as series editor for Springer-Nature’s Molecular Modeling and Simulation: Applications and Perspectives. He also serves as a trustee of Computer Aids for Chemical Engineering Corporation and is the co-founder of the start-up company Ionic Research Technologies, LLC.

Originally published by Nina Welding at on August 21, 2019.