- June 2nd, 2010
Dr. Alan M. Lane is a Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at The University of Alabama. He has worked for Union Carbide Corporation (polymerization processes, 1984-1986), Battelle’s Pacific Northwest Laboratories (nuclear waste treatment, 1977-1979) and Pacific Northwest Testing Laboratories (ASTM testing, summers 1968-1976). He has been a visiting scholar at Boise Cascade Corp. (dioxin from pulp bleaching, 1990), Qingdao Institute of Chemical Technology (chemical reactor modeling, 1993), the University of Wales (magnetic ink characterization, 1995), and Argonne National Laboratory (fuel processing to make hydrogen, 1999). Lane earned BS degrees in both Chemistry and Chemical Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle) in 1977. He obtained a PhD degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) in 1984. His academic research projects have covered a broad spectrum of chemical reaction engineering, especially heterogeneous catalysis: chemical reactions during metal casting, dioxin formation during waste incineration, selective synthesis gas reactions, green manufacturing, diffusion in porous media, hydrogen production for fuel cells, and fuel cell electrode reactions. He also studied the complex rheology of magnetic inks for information storage on tape as part of the MINT Center. His teaching interests are focused in chemical reaction engineering.