Integrated Product Design and Control for Polymer Nanocomposite Manufacturing (Oggunaike-Delaware)


“Integrated Product Design and Control for Polymer Nanocomposite Manufacturing”

Prof. Babatunde Ogunnaike
Professor of chemical engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering
University of Delaware


Systemic changes in the chemical industry have created a need for the rapid development of new products that meet customer needs as precisely as possible. The traditional chemical engineering focus on process design, while important, must now incorporate “product design”. Even so, to translate the result of “product design” into reality, the product must still be manufactured—and in such a way that the resulting product will meet the customer requirements in end-use. Product design must therefore be integrated directly with high level product characteristic control for successful “product engineering”. Currently, there are no systematic control paradigms for ensuring that end-use attributes are controlled to specification during the manufacturing process (and not merely “tested” afterwards to ascertain their status). In this presentation, we discuss our efforts to establish a systematic paradigm for product characteristic control and its integration with product design—providing novel solutions to the problems associated with delivering to customers, products that are manufactured precisely to design specifications, and directly incorporating into the control scheme, customer feedback on actual end-use performance.

Because of their current and future importance and because of how they perfectly exemplify product design and the accompanying property control challenges, the work was carried out specifically for polymer nanocomposites, although the end result should be applicable in general to other product classes. The novel modeling and control techniques developed and validated experimentally in a continuing collaboration with DuPont will be discussed. The specific question to be answered in the presentation may be stated as follows:

In manufacturing products (such as polymer nanocomposites) designed for specific end-use applications, what strategy is required for effective control of product properties and assuring acceptable end-use performance?

Speaker Background

Babatunde A. Ogunnaike is the William L. Friend Chaired Professor of chemical engineering and Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Delaware. He received the B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos, Nigeria; the M.S. degree, in Statistics and the Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering both from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He is the author or co-author of four books including a widely used textbook, Process Dynamics, Modeling and Control, and Random Phenomena: Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics for Engineers. His awards include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1998 CAST Computing Practice Award, the 2007 ISA Eckman Award, and the 2008 AACC Control Engineering Practice award. He was named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers in 2009, a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2015; he was also elected to fellowship of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering and elected to the US National Academy of Engineering both in 2012.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Michael’s at Shoreline
2960 N Shoreline Blvd
Mountain View, CA



6 PM social hour
7 PM dinner
8 PM lecture


Employed/postdoc Student/unemployed/retired
Early Registration  $30 $15
Registration $35 $20
Walk-in (not guaranteed) $40 $25

Lecture-only is free.



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Please register below or contact:

Syed Askari
phone: 408-410-0580

Deadline for registration:

11:59PM, Tuesday, November 8 for early registration discount.
5:00PM, Tuesday, November 15 for regular registration.

Dinner Selection:

Seafood - Broiled Salmon with lemon beurre blanc
Chicken - Breast of Chicken, Florentine
Vegetarian - Penne Pasta with grilled Zucchini and Mozzarella

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