B.S. (Chemical Engineering)
University of New Hampshire, 1974
Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering)
University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 1984
Prof. Willey research interest includes the synthesis and characterization of mixed oxide aerogels. He has synthesized over 600 separate compositions. He has also specialized in surface area and pore size measurement of materials via the BET method. His current interests are in the areas of process safety with a focus on adiabatic calorimetry to understand runaway reactions.
- Adsorption and Reaction of Molecules on Metal Oxides
- Surface Area and Surface Porosity and its Relationship to Adsorption and Reactivity
- Adiabatic Reaction Calorimetry
- Aerogel Mixed Oxide Synthesis
Wang, C.-T., and Willey, R.J., “Mechanistic Aspects of Methanol Partial Oxidation over Supported Iron Oxide Aerogels,” Journal of Catalysis, Vol. 202, 2001, pp. 211-219.
Hu, S., Willey, R.J., and Notari, B. “An Investigation on the Catalytic Properties of Titania-Silica Materials,” Journal of Catalysis, Vol. 220, 2003, pp. 240-248.
Willey, R. J. and Shanley, E. S., “A Dust Explosion Apparatus Suitable for Use in Lecture Demonstrations,” Chemical Engineering Education, Vol. 38 (3), 2004, pp. 188.
West, A. S., Hendershot, D., Murphy, J. F. and Willey, R. J., “Bhopal’s Impact on the Chemical Industry,” Process Safety Progress, Vol. 23 (4), 2004, pp. 229-230.
R. J. Willey, “Fundamentals of Chemical Transportation with Case Histories,” prepared for SACHE (Safety and Chemical Engineering Education) as a product of the AIChE-CCPS. Aug 2004, ISBN 0-8169-0956-3