Rodney O Fox

  • Anson Marston Distinguished Professor

Main Office

3162 Sweeney
Ames, IA 50011-1098
Phone: 515-294-9104
Fax: 515-294-2689


Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1987 M.S. Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, 1985 B.S. Chemical Engineering (cum laude), Kansas State University, 1982

Interest Areas

Our research focuses on the development, implementation and validation of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) tools for Chemical Reaction Engineering. With the ever-increasing power of desktop computers, CFD has become a powerful tool for chemical reactor analysis, design and optimization in the chemical process industry. Its successes have led to a growing demand for greater sophistication and range in the types of problems that can be treated. Thus, the elaboration of accurate yet tractable models for the manifold physical and chemical processes that occur in industrial-scale reactors is still very much an open and challenging field of inquiry. In attacking these problems, our modeling efforts draw on a large range of tools originating in diverse fields including probability theory and stochastic processes, non-linear dynamics, computational science and engineering, chemical reaction engineering, and transport phenomena. Research Projects
  1. U.S. DOE NETL, Development, Verification, and Validation of Multiphase Models for Polydisperse Flows
  2. U.S. DOE NETL, Modeling of Reacting Multiphase Flows with MFIX
  3. U.S. DOE OSCR, Micro-Mesoscopic Modeling of Heterogeneous Chemically Reacting Flows (MMM-HCRF) Over Catalytic/Solid Surfaces
  4. U.S. DOE NERI, Detailed Reaction Kinetics for CFD Modeling of Nuclear Fuel Pellet Coating for High-Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors
  5. National Science Foundation, NIRT: Functional Nanoparticle Formation by “Flash NanoPrecipitation” and Block Copolymer Directed Assembly
  6. National Science Foundation, NIRT: Multiscale Simulation of Nanoparticle Aggregation for Scale  Up of High-Rate Synthesis Methods
  7. National Science Foundation, MRI: Acquisition of a High-Speed Particle Image Velocimetry System for Fluid Dynamics Research
  8. National Science Foundation, CFD Models for Liquid-Phase Chemical Reactors: Validation of PDF and Large-Eddy Simulations Using Stereo PIV and Reactive PLIF Experiments
  9. Univation Technologies, Computational Fluid Dynamics Modeling of Unipol Gas Phase Reactor
Other Information
American Chemical Society American Institute of Chemical Engineers American Physical Society American Society of Engineering Education Omega Chi Epsilon Phi Kappa Phi Sigma Xi Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Teaching Spring Semester 2018
  • Ch E 356, Transport Phenomena I

Brief Biography

AIChE Journal Associate Editor for Transport and Fluid Mechanics; Annual Review of Fluid Mechanics Editorial Board; International Journal of Multiphase Flow Editorial Advisory Board. Honors and Awards: Fellow, American Physical Society; Iowa State University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research; UDCT Golden Jubilee Visiting Fellowship Lecture, Mumbai, India; Dr. G.P. Kane Chemcon Distinguished Speaker Award, Indian Institute of Chemical Engineers, Hyderabad, India; Glenn Murphy Professor of Engineering; Halliburton Company Teaching Award; Dow Outstanding New Faculty Award, ASEE Midwest Section; 1991 Presidential Young Investigator Award; North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Postdoctoral Fellow; National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellow; Fulbright Scholar, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland; RBUCE-UP Marie-Curie Senior Fellow, 2012-14, École Centrale Paris, France; Lagrange Fellow, 2010-11, Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Selected Publications

  • D.L. Marchisio, R.O. Fox. Computational Models for Polydisperse Particulate and Multiphase Systems. Cambridge, Cambridge U. Press (2013)
  • R.O. Fox. Computational Models for Turbulent Reacting Flows. Cambridge, Cambridge U. Press (2003)
  • D.L. Marchisio, R.O. Fox, Solution of population balance equations using the direct quadrature method of moments. Journal of Aerosol Science 36, 43-73 (2005)
  • D.L. Marchisio, R.D. Vigil, R.O. Fox, Quadrature method of moments for aggregation-breakage processes. Journal of Colloid and Interface Science 258, 322-334 (2003)
  • D.L. Marchisio, J.T. Pikturna, R.O. Fox, R.D. Vigil, A.A. Barresi, Quadrature method of moments for population balance equations. AIChE Journal 49, 1266-1276 (2003)
  • D.L. Marchisio, J.T. Pikturna, R.O. Fox, R.D. Vigil, A.A. Barresi, Quadrature method of moments for population balance equations. AIChE Journal 49, 1266-1276 (2003)
  • R. Fan, D.L. Marchisio, R.O. Fox, Application of the direct quadrature method of moments to polydisperse gas-solid fluidized beds. Powder Technology 139, 7-20 (2004)
  • J. Sheng, H. Meng, R.O. Fox, A large eddy PIV method for turbulence dissipation rate estimation. Chemical Engineering Science 55, 4423-4434 (2000)
  • D.L. Marchisio, R.D. Vigil, R.O. Fox, Implementation of the quadrature method of moments in CFD codes for aggregation-breakage problems Chemical Engineering Science 58, 3337-3351 (2003)
  • Y. Liu, R.O. Fox, CFD predictions for chemical processing in a confined impinging-jets reactor. AIChE Journal 52, 731-744 (2006)
  • Y. Liu, C. Cheng, R.K. Prud’homme, R.O. Fox, Mixing in a multi-inlet vortex mixer (MIVM) for flash nanoprecipitation. Chemical Engineering Science 63, 2829-2842 (2008)
  • V. Raman, H. Pitsch, R.O. Fox, Hybrid large-eddy simulation/Lagrangian filtered-density-function approach for simulating turbulent combustion. Combustion and Flame 143, 56-78 (2005)