Fall 2018 Seminar Series - Arnold Stancell




Professor Arnold Stancell (ChE '58)

Georgia Institute of Technology

Monday, December 10, 2018

Seminar will be held in ST-160 (Lecture Hall) at 2:00 PM

Reception will be held in Steinman Hall, Exhibit Room from 3:15 – 4:00 PM


Plasma Reactions at Surfaces and Natural Gas Production in the Persian Gulf

Polymer film membranes for separation applications either have high throughputs but little selectivity in separating larger molecules from smaller molecules, or have high selectivity but uneconomic throughputs. Research is directed toward achieving high selectivity at high throughputs. Enormous volumes of natural gas are produced in a joint venture between Mobil and Qatar under pioneering terms that set new benchmarks for Mobil share, and reserve additions.


Dr. Arnold F. Stancell is an Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech and a former Visiting Professor at MIT, where he was offered tenure in 1970 but decided to return to Mobil Oil. He became Vice President of Marketing and Refining, and subsequently Vice President Exploration and Production at Mobil. He retired from Mobil in 1993 after a 31 year career including 10 years in research where he was awarded 12 patents. His research interests are in polymer and petrochemical processes and plasma reactions in microelectronics processing. David Lam did his doctorate at MIT under Dr. Stancell’s supervision in 1970 and went on to form Lam Research, which is a leader in computer chip manufacturing technology.

In 1992, as Vice President, Mobil, Dr. Stancell initiated, negotiated and launched a major natural gas project in Qatar with gas production in the Persian Gulf, liquefaction, and shipment to markets worldwide. Today’s production is 70 billion cubic feet/day, equivalent to 11 million barrels of oil per day, and growing, and contributes about $8 billion per year in profit. In 1994, he joined Georgia Tech as Professor of Chemical Engineering and taught thermodynamics. He was awarded Outstanding Professor of the Year in 1997 and 2004 and was appointed Turner Professor of Chemical Engineering in 2005.

He has been inducted into the National Academy of Engineering, 1997, served on its council, was appointed to the National Science Foundation Board, 2011, and played a key role in evaluating the the 5 million barrel BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. He has received the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Award in Chemical Engineering Practice, 1997, and the Career Achievement Award of The City College of New York, also in 1997, and the Townsend Harris Medal of City College, 2009. He was the Marshall Lecturer at U. of Wisconsin, 2010. He has served on advisory committees in chemical engineering at MIT, Georgia Tech, Carnegie Mellon, and City College.

He has a Doctor of Science degree, MIT, 1962 and B.S. (magna cum laude) 1958, The City College of New York, both in chemical engineering. He was in the top 2% of his 1953 graduating class at Stuyvesant High School.