Edward Maginn


Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Edward Maginn received his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 1987. After working for three years at Procter and Gamble, he entered the graduate chemical engineering program at the University of California at Berkeley, where he received his doctorate in 1995. He joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and is currently professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering as well as the associate dean for academic programs in Notre Dame’s Graduate School.

Maginn’s research focuses on computational statistical thermodynamics, in which atomistic-level computational methods are developed and utilized to obtain a fundamental understanding of the link between the physical properties of materials and their chemical constitution. Much of his work is devoted to environmental and energy-related applications. Current projects focus on the use of ionic liquids for several applications, including CO2 capture, geothermal and solar thermal energy recovery, actinide separations, and refrigeration. He holds three patents and is the author or co-author of over 100 peer-reviewed articles and five book chapters. He is currently on the editorial board of the journal Fluid Phase Equilibria. Maginn is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has won a number of teaching and research awards, including the BP Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Engineering, two Kaneb Awards, two AIChE student chapter teaching awards, the American Society for Engineering Education New Faculty Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, and the Early Career Award from the Computational Molecular Science and Engineering Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in thermodynamics as well as a course on separation processes and the capstone senior-level design course.