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Thursday, January 17, 2013 Meeting
- Joint with the AIChE and ChemPharma -


Joseph A. Kocal
Joseph A. Kocal


Corporate Fellow,
Performance Materials and Applications

Ionic Liquids: Status After 15 Years of R&D


Date:  Thursday, January 17, 2013

European Crystal Banquet Center
519 W. Algonquin Road
Arlington Heights, IL
Parlor BC

Cost:  $35 for members of ACS and their guests, $37 for non-members, and $20 for students, retired, or unemployed

Dinner reservations are required and should be received in the Section Office via phone (847-391-9091), email (, or web by noon on Monday, January 14.   PLEASE HONOR YOUR RESERVATIONS.  The Section must pay for all food orders.  No-shows will be billed.  Seating will be available for those who wish to attend only the meeting.


5:00 - 6:00 PM · Job Club
5:30 - 6:15 PM · Pre-dinner talk
5:30 - 6:30 PM · Reception
6:30 - 7:30 PM · Dinner
7:30 PM · General Meeting

After Dinner Presentation:  “Ionic Liquids: Status After 15 Years of R&D”

Abstract:     Ionic liquids (ILs) are ionic compounds which are liquid below 100 °C (by definition). Many are liquids at room temperature (RTILs). These novel materials are composed of a bulky organic cation and a smaller anion. The size mismatch leads to the low melting points relative to typical ionic compounds such as NaCl. ILs have experienced a comet-like boost in the last 15 years because of their attractive properties such as, low vapor pressure, good solvency, high ionic conductivity, and heat transfer properties. The properties are adjustable by via compositional variation. Considerable R&D has been conducted using ILs as catalysts, electrolytes, heat transfer media, green solvents, gas absorbents, and solvent extractants. In the laboratory ILs have shown promise for many applications, however, only a few demonstration and commercial applications are known today. The development of ILs will be discussed including possible reasons why more applications have not been commercialized.

Biography:  Dr. Kocal joined UOP in 1981 after earning a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin.  Dr. Kocal has developed catalyst and process technology in the areas of fuels and chemicals which has led to 52 patents and numerous publications.   Dr. Kocal has been principal investigator on teams leading to the commercialization of numerous processes including production of detergents via alkylation of benzene with n-C10 to n-C14 olefins using a heterogeneous catalyst to replace hazardous HF acid.   A different heterogeneous catalyst was developed for isoparaffin alkylation with light olefins for motor fuel gasoline.   

Dr. Kocal was technical leader of UOP’s exploratory research group of which a key objective was to develop economical technology for conversion of natural gas to chemicals and fuels. Dr. Kocal was principal author and PI of the 3 year ATP-NIST funded program for conversion of methane to methanol.  More recently Dr. Kocal has worked with a team to develop technology for the utilization of renewable resources.  He was principal author and PI of several DARPA and DOE programs for the conversion of biomass to fuels.  Currently Dr. Kocal is scouting potential new technologies to be implemented within Honeywell.

Pre-Dinner Presentation:  TBA

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Parking: Free 


Vegetable medley of broccoli, baby carrots & rutabaga
Choice of:

Apple Crumb Cake




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