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Sengers, Jan V.

Jan Sengers
Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
2117 IPST Building
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Education 

Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 1962

Research Interests 

Critical phenomena, thermophysical properties of fluids and fluid mixtures.

Honors and Awards 

  • Fellow, AAAS
  • Fellow, AIChE
  • Fellow, APS
  • Fellow, ASME
  • Fellow, IAPWS
  • Fellow, World Innovation Foundation
  • Fellow, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Correspondent, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty and Staff Outstanding Commitment Award
  • University of Maryland Distinguished International Service Award

Professional Memberships 

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Physical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Belgian Physical Society
  • Dutch Physical Society
  • European Physical Society
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • Sigma Xi
  • University of Maryland Link of the Order of the Engineer
  • World Innovation Foundation

Books and Chapters 

Professor Sengers has authored, co-authored or edited over 35 books and chapters. Please visit his web site for a complete list.

“Thermodynamic Behavior of Fluids near Critical Points”, H. Behnejad, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, in “Applied Thermodynamics”, A.H. Goodwin, J.V. Sengers, and C.J. Peters, eds. (IUPAC, RSC Publishing, Cambridge, 2010), pp. 321-367.

 “Applied Thermodynamics of Fluids”, A.H. Goodwin, J.V. Sengers, and C.J. Peters, eds. (IUPAC, RSC Publishing, Cambridge, 2010), 509pp.

“Near-Critical Behavior of Aqueous Systems”, M.A. Anisimov, J.V. Sengers and J.M.H. Levelt Sengers, in “Aqueous Systems at Elevated Temperatures and Pressures: Physical Chemistry in Water, Steam and Hydrothermal Solutions”, D.A. Palmer, R. Fernández-Prini and A.H. Harvey, eds. (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2004), pp. 29-71.

“Nonequilibrium Concentration Fluctuations in Binary Liquid Systems Induced by the Soret Effect”, J.V. Sengers and J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, in “Thermal Nonequilibrium Phenomena in Fluid Mixtures”, Lecture Notes in Physics 584, W. Köhler and S. Wiegand, eds. (Springer, Berlin, 2002), pp. 121-145.

“Critical Region”, M.A. Anisimov and J.V. Sengers, in “Equations of State for Fluids and Fluid Mixtures”, Part I, J.V. Sengers, R.F. Kayser, C.J. Peters, and H.J. White, Jr., eds. (Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2000), pp. 381-434.

“Critical and Crossover Phenomena in Fluids and Fluid Mixtures”, M.A. Anisimov and J.V. Sengers, in “Supercritical Fluids - Fundamentals and Applications”, E.Kiran, P.G. Debenedetti, and C.J. Peters, eds. (Kluwer, Dordrecht, 2000), pp. 89-121.

Selected Publications 

Professor Sengers has authored or co-authored over 230 peer-reviewed articles. Please visit his web site for a complete list.

“Concentration fluctuations in non-isothermal reacting-diffusion systems II: The nonlinear case”,  D. Bedeaux, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, I. Pagonabarraga, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 124516 (2011)

“Hydrodynamic fluctuations in laminar fluid flow. I. Fluctuating Orr-Sommerfeld equation”, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate and J.V. Sengers, J. Stat. Phys. 144, pp. 774-792 (2011)

“Critical behavior of the dielectric constant in asymmetric fluids”, C.E. Bertrand, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, J. Phys. Chem. B 115, pp. 14000-14007 (2011)

“Nonisothermal diffusion-reaction with nonlinear Kramers kinetics”, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, D. Bedeaux, I. Pagonabarraga, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, Comptes Rendus Mecanique 339, pp. 287-291 (2011)

“Mesoscale inhomogeneities in aqueous solutions of 3-methylpyridine and tertiary butyl alcohol”, D. Subramanian, D.A. Ivanov, I.K. Yudin, M.A. Anisimov, and J.V. Sengers, J. Chem. Eng. Data 56, pp. 1238-1248 (2011)

“An isomorphic Peng-Robinson equation for phase-equilibria properties of hydrocarbon mixtures in the critical region”, Kh.S. Abdulkadirova, C.J. Peters, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, J.Supercritical Fluids 55, pp. 594-602 (2010)

“Mesoscopic non-equilibrium thermodynamics of non-isothermal reaction-diffusion”, D. Bedeaux, I. Pagonabarraga, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, pp. 12780-12793 (2010).

“Asymmetric criticality in weakly compressible liquid mixtures”, G. Pérez-Sánchez, P. Losada-Pérez, C.A. Cerdeiriña, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, J. Chem. Phys. 132, 154502 (2010)

 “Velocity fluctuations in laminar fluid flow”, J.V. Sengers and J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics 165, pp. 925-931 (2010).

“Experimental critical-exponent values for fluids”, J.V. Sengers and J.G. Shanks, J. Stat. Phys. 137, pp. 857-877 (2009)

Selected Presentations 

The following represent only a recent selection of symposia papers and invited lectures. Please visit his web site for a complete list.

J.M. Ortiz de Zárate and J.V. Sengers, “Enhancement of Thermal Fluctuations in Plane Couette Flow”, 64th Annual Meeting of the APS Division on Fluid Dynamics, Baltimore, MD, November 20-22 (2011)

V. Holten, C.E. Bertrand, J. Kalova, D.A. Fuentevilla, M.A. Anisimov, and J.V. Sengers, Novel Thermodynamics and Equation of State for Supercooled Water”, Annual Meeting of the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam, Plzen, Czech Republic, September 4-7 (2011)

J.V. Sengers, M.L. Huber, R.A. Perkins, D.G. Friend, M.J. Assael, I.N. Metaxa, E. Vogel, R. Mareš, and K. Miyagawa, “Proposed IAPWS Formulation 2011for the Thermal Conductivity of Ordinary Water Substance”, Annual Meeting of the International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam, Plzen, Czech Republic, September 4-7 (2011).

J.V. Sengers, M.L. Huber, R.A. Perkins, D.G. Friend, M.J. Assael, I.N. Metaxa, E. Vogel, R. Mareš, and K. Miyagawa, “New Formulation for the Thermal Conductivity of H2O”, 11th Meeting of the International Association for Transport Properties, Thessaloniki, Greece, September 1-2 (2011)

J.M. Ortiz de Zárate and J.V. Sengers, “Amplification of Thermal Fluctuations by Planar Couette Flow”, 4th International Symposium on Bifurcation and Instabilities in Fluid Dynamics, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Barcelona, July 18-21 (2011)

J.M. Ortiz de Zárate and J.V. Sengers, “Velocity Fluctuations in Plane Couette Flow”, 63rd Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Fluid Dynamics, Long Beach, CA, November 21-23 (2010)

J.V. Sengers, R.A. Perkins, M.L. Huber, D.G. Friend, E. Vogel, M.J. Assael, and I.N. Metaxa, “Progress Report on the Thermal Conductivity of H2O”,  Annual Meeting of the Association for the Properties of Water and Steam, Niagara Falls, Canada, July 18-23 (2010)

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Event celebrates professor's 80th birthday and career in research and education. December 9, 2011

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Emeriti faculty members' distinguished service commemorated on Clark School fountain. April 25, 2011

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Professor joins community of distinguished scholars. April 11, 2011

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Grad students recognized for work on thesis, dissertation. June 18, 2009

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Professor recognized for contributions to UMD's international programs. October 23, 2008

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Applied Thermodynamics of Fluids to be published in late 2009. October 17, 2008

Fuentevilla Receives Best Paper Award
Recognition at 15th International Conference on the Properties of Water and Steam. September 25, 2008

Anisimov, Sengers, Fuentevilla and St. Pierre at ICPWS
Faculty and grad students present work on properties of water and steam. September 24, 2008

Sengers Delivers Plenary Lecture
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