Giannis Mpourmpakis applies high-performance computing to the problem of viscosity creep

Giannis Mpourmpakis is collaborating with Lubrizol Corporation, a specialty chemical manufacturer, on a project applying high-performance computing simulations to address a problem known as viscosity creep, a phenomenon which affects the performance of lubricating fluids.

Mpourmpakis focuses much of his research on the properties and potential applications of nanomaterials, employing Pitt CRC clusters for high-performance computation to create molecular level simulations. 

The results were published in June in the journal Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research in the article “Computational Insights into Adsorption of C4 Hydrocarbons in 2 Cation-Exchanged ZSM-12 Zeolites 3,” co-authored by Pavlo Kostetskyy.

The Pitt/Lubrizol collaboration is attracting outside funding. In 2017 Pitt and Lubrizol were awarded a collaborative grant for research into clean energy chemical manufacturing as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) initiative, which seeks improve energy efficiency and industrial productivity through process intensification and modular manufacturing. The grant, along with contributions from Pitt and Lubrizol, will total $7.5 million over a four-year period.

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