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• Life cycle assessment of technology and product alternatives
• Quantum chemical prediction of environmentally important parameters like atmospheric lifetime, radiative forcing, and global warming potentials
• Quantum chemical prediction of adsorption phenomena of persistent pollutants like toxic metals for remediation strategies
• Use of quantum chemistry to predict physical properties like heat capacities where experimental data are not published in the literature
• Pedagogical development of approaches for enhancing engineering student learning and retention with both technology based and non-technology based approaches
• B.S., Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, High Honors, Honors College, 1994
• M.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1997
• Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1999
Title: Engineering Approximations for Chemical Kinetics, Dr. Richard I. Masel, Advisor.
Sustainability analyses that span the scales of Angstroms with prediction of physical parameters like heat capacities, that can be used to evaluate technology and personal choices. Current unpublished work is on:
• Evaluating tomato soup from a can versus homemade for sustainability
• the environmental consequences of shipping lettuce from AZ/CA across the country compared to other impacts
• Mobile air conditioning systems for use in passenger vehicles and the consequences of banning hydrofluorocarbons, which the US EPA has announced several times in the last 2 years
• Transportation air conditioning systems for produce and those impact changes as refrigerants may be banned in the near future
• Nutrient needs for biofuels from microalgae and the sustainability of those versus current world markets.
• University Distinguished Professor, The University of Arizona, the highest teaching honor given by the University of Arizona for excellence in undergraduate instruction (2012).
• College of Engineering Teaching Fellow, The University of Arizona, named as one of nine faculty for past student engagement and to enhance activities in teaching (2012).
• Carnegie Foundation Arizona Professor of the Year, one of top 27 faculty in the country for educating undergraduate students at PhD granting institutions, 2011.
• Best Presentation, C. Canter (speaker) and P. Blowers, Modeling of Sustainability of Biofuels from Microalgae: Predicted Bottlenecks for Success, Earth Week 2011 Soil, Water, and Envrionmental Science, The University of Arizona, 3-31 (2011).
• College of Engineering daVinci Award Winner for Top Faculty Member in College, recognized for excellence in teaching or research combined with service, 2009-2010.
M. D. Galkau, J. M. Lownsburyu, P. Blowers, Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Refrigerant Choices In Room Air Conditioner Units, Env. Sci. Technol., 46, 12977-12985 (2012).
R. M. Handler, C. E. Canterg, T. N. Kalnes, F. S. Lupton, O. Kholiqovu, D. R. Shonnard, and P. Blowers, Evaluation of environmental impacts from microalgae cultivation in open-air raceway ponds: Analysis of the prior literature and investigation of wide variance in predicted impacts, Algal Res., 1, 83-92 (2012). (Impact Factor = first year of publication)
P. Blowers and B. Kimg, The adsorption of mercury-species on relaxed and rumpled CaO (001) surfaces investigated by density functional theory, J. Mol. Model., 17, 505-514 (2011) (Impact Factor = 1.871).
A. Bundhun, P. Blowers, P. Ramasami, H. F. Schaeffer III, Quantum mechanical modeling for the GeX2/GeHX + GeH4 Reactions (X = H, F, Cl, Br), J. Phys Chem. A, 114, 12, 4210-4223 (2010) (Impact Factor = 2.732).
P. Blowers and J. Lownsburyu, Carbon dioxide emission implications if hydrofluorocarbons are regulated: A refrigeration case study, Env. Sci. Technol., 44, 1526-1529 (2010) (Impact Factor = 4.827). - Featured Article