Dr.-Ing. Kevin McBride

Dr.-Ing. Kevin McBride

Max-Planck-Institut für Dynamik komplexer technischer Systeme
+49 391 6110 275
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I am a postdoctoral research associate investigating computational methods for use in designing thermomorphic solvent systems (TMS) for homogeneous catalyst recovery. More specifically, I am searching for green solvents that can be used to compose the TMS. This work is included as part of the Collaborative Research Center Transregio 63 (www.inprompt.tu-berlin.de).

Surrogate modeling in chemical engineering processes is another field in which I am currently working on. The primary goal here is to develop methods and strategies for using surrogates in process optimization. I am especially interested in their use for modeling chemical thermodynamics.


  • Computational methods for green solvent design for use in homogeneous
    catalyst recovery
  • Surrogate modeling and machine learning in process optimization
  • Computer-aided molecular design of solvents (CAMD)
  • Process simulation, optimization, and design in general


  • Process Systems Engineering (lecture)
  • Advanced Process Systems Engineering (exercises)

Recent Publications

  • K. McBride, N.M. Kaiser, K. Sundmacher, Integrated reaction-extraction process for the hydroformylation of long-chain alkenes with a homogeneous catalyst, Comput. Chem. Eng., 105, 2017, pp. 212-223
  • N. M. Kaiser, M. Jokiel, K. McBride, R. Flassig, and K. Sundmacher. Optimal reactor design via flux profile analysis for an integrated hydroformylation process using a thermomorphic solvent system for catalyst recovery. Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 56 (40), 2017, pp 11507–11518
  • L. K. Rihko-Struckmann, M. Molnar, K. Pirwitz, M. Fachet, K. McBride, A. Zinser, and K.
    Sundmacher. Recovery and separation of carbohydrate derivatives from the lipid extracted alga dunaliella by mild liquefaction. Sustainable Chem. Eng., 5(1), 2017, pp. 588-595.
  • K. McBride, T. Gaide, A. Vorholt, A. Behr, K. Sundmacher, Thermomorphic solvent selection for homogeneous catalyst recovery based on COSMO-RS, Chem. Eng. Process., 99, 2016, pp. 97-106
  • K. McBride and K. Sundmacher, Data driven conceptual process design for the hydroformylation of 1-dodecene in a thermomorphic solvent system, Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 54 (26), 2015, pp. 6761-6771
  • K. McBride and K. Sundmacher, Computer-aided design of solvents for the recovery of a homogeneous catalyst used for alkene hydroformylation, Comput. Aided Chem. Eng., 37, 2015, pp. 2075-2080

Curriculum Vitae

  • Currently Postdoctoral research associate in the Process and Systems Engineering group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany
  • Since 2011 Lecturer and/or Teaching Assistant at the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg, Germany
  • 2011 - 2017 Ph.D. position in the Process and Systems Engineering group at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems, Magdeburg, Germany

I investigated methods for increasing the economic potential of the hydroformylation of long-chain alkenes by focusing on methods to reduce catalyst leaching when using a TMS for catalyst recovery. This work was performed in the group of Prof. K. Sundmacher.

  • 2009 - 2011 Dipl.-Ing. Chemical Engineering/Process Engineering, Clausthal University of Technology, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany

I investigated patterned catalyst arrangements for the production of dimethylether in order to enhance reactor performance in the group of Prof. Thomas Turek under the supervision of Dr. Robert Güttel (now Prof. Güttel at the University of Ulm)

  • 2008 Semester abroad in Germany
  • 2007 REU-NSF Student Research Assistant at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

I assembled cantilever arrays by hand and successfully used them as sensors for chemical detection in the group of Prof. Brandon Weeks

  • 2006 REU-NSF Student Research Assistant at Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

I helped develop a consistent method for forming Matrigel patterns for use in growing 3D cell cultures while working with the group of Prof. Hongseok "Moses" Noh.

  • 2004 - 2009 B.S. Chemical Engineering, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX


  • 2009 DAAD Stipendium Recipient for graduate studies in Germany
  • 2007 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
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