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Sengers, Jan V.

Sengers, Jan V.

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Research Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
2117 IPST Building


Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 1962


  • 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


  • 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

Critical phenomena, thermophysical properties of fluids and fluid mixtures. Fluctuation phenomena in soft, condensed matter. 


  • 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)

BIOE, IBBR Researchers Develop Electrogenetic Device for Activating Gene Expression via Electrodes

System holds promise for study of biological systems, biosensors and bio-hybrid devices.

UMD Students Head to SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend

UMD led team aims to build cutting edge prototype for the next generation of transportation.

Anisimov Wins Yeram S. Touloukian Award

Professor recognized by ASME for work in thermophysics.

Scholarship, Friendship and Gratitude

Bequest of alumna Frances Balfour (Ph.D. '82) creates new endowed chair.

NSF Program Helps Postdoc Prepare for Industrial Translation

Deepa Subramanian (Ph.D. '12) designed colloids with long-term stability.

International Association Adopts Guideline Authored by ChBE Alumna, Faculty

Fuentevilla refines equations defining critical parameters of aqueous salt solutions.

Sengers Honored

Professor Emeritus recognized at 109th Statistical Mechanics Conference.

Anisimov Group Seeks Critical Point of Supercooled Water

American Chemical Society grant supports new study.

Official Publication: New International Formulation for the Thermal Conductivity of H2O

Journal of Physical and Chemical Reference Data releases updated standards.

Anisimov Celebrated at International Symposium

Event held in honor of professor's 70th birthday, distinguished career in thermodynamics.

Sengers Chairs Task Force for New International Formulation of Thermal Conductivity of Water and Steam

International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam adopts new standard as of January 2012.

Sengers Honored at Burgers Symposium

Event celebrates professor's 80th birthday and career in research and education.

Greer, Sengers Honored for Outstanding Commitment

Emeriti faculty members' distinguished service commemorated on Clark School fountain.

Anisimov Elected to Cosmos Club

Professor joins community of distinguished scholars.

Sengers Edits New Book on Thermodynamics of Fluids

Work covers equations of state for fluids used in energy research, commercial applications.

Gonzales, Subramanian Win Department Research Awards

Grad students recognized for work on thesis, dissertation.

Sengers to Receive Distinguished International Service Award

Professor recognized for contributions to UMD's international programs.

Sengers to Compile, Edit Forthcoming Book

Applied Thermodynamics of Fluids to be published in late 2009.

Fuentevilla Receives Best Paper Award

Recognition at 15th International Conference on the Properties of Water and Steam.

Anisimov, Sengers, Fuentevilla and St. Pierre at ICPWS

Faculty and grad students present work on properties of water and steam.

Sengers Delivers Plenary Lecture

Professor discusses history of nonequilibrium phenomena.

Greer Named Provost, Dean of Faculty of Mills College

ChBE professor takes helm of historic women's college.

Alumnus Becomes Faculty at Tianjin University

Jingtao Wang accepts position as an associate professor.

Sengers Tours Europe as Invited Lecturer, Visiting Professor

Topics include polymer solutions, nonequilibrium thermodynamics and fluids.

Around the World with Jan Sengers

Emeritus professor lectures in Central America and Europe.

Sengers Co-Authors Book on Hydrodynamic Fluctuations

Work advances knowledge of fluid properties.

  • Corresponding Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Science
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Honorary Member, World Innovation Foundation
  • International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam