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
- Computational methods for green solvent design for use in homogeneous
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
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
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
- Currently Postdoctoral
research associate in the Process and Systems Engineering group at the
Max Planck Institute for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems,
- Since 2011 Lecturer and/or Teaching Assistant at the Otto-von-Guericke University, Magdeburg,
- 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
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
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
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