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Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering


Thomas W. Leland, Jr.


Thomas W. Leland, Jr. was a professor of Chemical Engineering at Rice University from September 1954, until his untimely death on July 31st, 1986. He was chairman of the department from 1965 until 1970 and held the A. J.  Hartsook Chair in Chemical Engineering during the period of 1981 through 1986.

Professor Leland's specialty, in both research and teaching, was thermodynamics, although he made significant earlier contributions in catalysis. In his principal research, he was distinguished for his work in formulating elegant fundamental generalizations relating molecular and macroscopic properties of fluid mixtures. Numerous papers published in scientific and engineering journals bear witness to his research diversity and productivity.

We are deeply indebted to friends, colleagues, and his family for their remembrance in making this lectureship possible.

The 2017 Leland Lecture

March 30, 2017 - 4:00 PM
Sadie R. Smith Auditorium, Herzstein Hall
Speaker: Enrique Iglesia, PhD
“Navigating the Chemical Engineering Toolbox: The Curious Matter of C1 Chemistry”

Learn more about the event here.

Previous Lectures

2015 | Frank Bates - University of Minnesota     2002 | Bruce Finlayson - University of Washington 
2014 | Joan Brennecke - University of Notre Dame     2001 | Keith E. Gubbins - North Carolina State University  
2013 | James A. Dumesic - University of Wisconsin    1999 | L.E. (Skip) Scriven - University of Minnesota    
2012 | Mark E. Davis - California Institute of Technology    1998 | Roy Jackson - Princeton University 
2008 | William Russell - Princeton University      1997 | Jacob Israelachvili - University of California  
2007 | Carol K. Hall - North Carolina State University        1994 | Benjamin Widom - Cornell University 
2004 | Eduardo D. Glandt - University of Pennsylvania      1992 | John Prausnitz - University of California, Berkeley 
2003 | Matthew Tirrell - University of California, Santa Barbara       1990 | John Rowlinson - Oxford University