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Peter Kilpatrick

Peter Kilpatrick

Professor and Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Professor and Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering
College of Engineering

Email: pkilpat1@nd.edu

Phone: 574-631-5534

Office: 257 Fitzpatrick Hall


A.B., Chemistry, Summa cum laude, Occidental College (1978)

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota (1983)


Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University (1983-1989)
Associate Professor, North Carolina State University (1989-1995)
Professor, North Carolina State University (1995-2007)
Associate Department Head, Chemical Engineering, NCSU (1996-1999)
Department Head, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, NCSU (1999-2007)
Professor and Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of the College of Engineering, University of Notre Dame (2008-present)


Kilpatrick, P. K., Water-in-Crude Oil Emulsion Stabilization: Review and Unanswered Questions, Energy and Fuels, 26, 4017-4026, 2012. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/ef3003262

Gupta, S., P. K. Kilpatrick, E. Melvin, and O. D. Velev, On-chip Latex Agglutination Immunoassay Readout by Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy, Lab on a Chip, 12, 4279-4286, 2012.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/c21c40127d

M. B. Smith, D. J. McGillvray, J. Genzer, M. Losche, and P. K. Kilpatrick, Neutron Reflectometry of Supported Hybrid Bilayers with Inserted Peptide, Soft Matter, 6, 862-865, 2010.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b915800f

Gupta, S., R. G. Alargova, P. K. Kilpatrick, and O. D. Velev, On-Chip Dielectrophoretic Coassembly of Live Cells and Particles into Responsive Biomaterials, Langmuir, 26, 3441-3452, 2010. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la902989r

V. J. Verruto, R. K. Le, and P. K. Kilpatrick, Adsorption and Molecular Rearrangement of Amphoteric Species at Oil-Water Interfaces, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 113, 13788-13799, 2009.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/jp902923j

S. Turgman-Cohen, D. A. Fischer, P. K. Kilpatrick, and J. Genzer. Asphaltene Adsorption onto Self-Assembled Monolayers of Alkyltrichlorosilanes of Varying Chain Length. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 1:1347-1357, 2009. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/am900203u

V. J. Verruto and P. K. Kilpatrick. Water-in-Model Oil Emulsions Studied by Small-Angle Neutron Scattering: Interfacial Film Thickness and Composition. Langmuir, 24:12807-12822, 2008.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la802095m

X. C. Tombokan, R. M. Aguda, D. A. Danehower, P. K. Kilpatrick, and R. G. Carbonell. Three-component phase behavior of the sclareol-ethyl lactate-carbon dioxide system for GAS applications. Journal of Supercritical Fluids, 45:146-155, 2008.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.supflu.2007.12.007

S. Turgman-Cohen, M. B. Smith, D. A. Fischer, P. K. Kilpatrick, and J. Genzer. Asphaltene Adsorption onto Self-Assembled Monolayers of Mixed Aromatic and Aliphatic Trichlorosilanes. Langmuir, 25:6260-6269, 2009.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/la9000895

S. Gupta, R. G. Alargova, P. K. Kilpatrick, and O. D. Velev. On-chip electric field driven assembly of biocomposites from live cells and functionalized particles. Soft Matter, 4:726-730, 2008.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/b717850f

Summary of Activities/Interests

Surfactant and interfacial science
Fluid microstructure
Colloidal aggregates
Phase equilibria


New Engineering Research Center to Focus on Challenges of Upgrading Shale Gas

September 12, 2017

Chemical engineers at the University of Notre Dame will contribute their expertise in materials development and modeling to a new research center that will focus on new methods of converting shale gas reserves into chemicals and transportation fuel.

College of Engineering Introduces New Minor Targeting Resiliency and Sustainability

February 15, 2017

The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences has added a new minor targeting resiliency and sustainability for the development of future innovators who can generate novel solutions and sustainable policies that protect cities and citizens from natural and manmade hazards while also helping to mitigate the effects of those hazards.

New Minor in Resiliency and Sustainability of Engineering Systems

February 7, 2017

Notre Dame’s newest minor will prepare engineering students from all disciplines to see the impact of their design decisions on built and natural systems and train them to work towards a sustainable and resilient global development.

Global Engineering Deans Council Taps Notre Dame’s Kilpatrick 
for Two-year Leadership Term

September 15, 2014

Peter Kilpatrick, the Matthew H. McCloskey Dean of Engineering at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected as chair of the Global Engineering Deans Council (GEDC).

Irish Eyes Are Smiling at Expanded Opportunities for Collaboration

April 14, 2014

The College of Engineering recently hosted a collaborative workshop with several faculty from the Tyndall National Institute in Cork, Ireland. The purpose of the workshop was to identify opportunities for collaboration between ND and Tyndall, especially in the context of existing collaborative funding opportunities between the U.S. National Science Foundation and the Science Foundation Ireland.

Engineering Deans See Future of the Profession Tied to Broadening Participation Set Bold Targets and Issue Urgent Call for Action

September 28, 2012

Today, engineering is rightfully seen as the backbone of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship —and tied directly to the nation’s economic well-being and security. Yet, the number of engineering graduates in the United States has remained stagnant for two decades — indicating a decreasing interest to pursue engineering careers, now at a level of magnitude lower than looming technology powerhouses, China and India. As engineering schools are challenged to find better ways to motivate the next generation of engineers who will take on the grand challenges that society faces, those who will “out-innovate, out-education and out-build the rest of the world,” they must also address a rapidly changing demographic.


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