About Neville Pinto
Neville Pinto was appointed by the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees to serve as the university’s 30th President on Dec. 17, 2016. He will take office in February 2017.
President-Elect Pinto is currently acting president and professor of chemical engineering at the University of Louisville. He has spent his entire career as a university teacher, researcher and administrator. Prior to joining the University of Louisville, Pinto served for 26 years on the faculty in chemical engineering at the University of Cincinnati, where he established the Adsorption and Ion Exchange Laboratory, which focused on research in biochemical and environmental engineering. His research included purification of genetically engineered drugs, the study of bio-membranes, and air and water purification. His laboratory attracted over $6 million in external research funding and trained 32 graduate students including 16 PhD students, many of whom have moved on to become leaders in industry and academia.
While at the University of Cincinnati, Pinto held a number of administrative posts, including Department Head for Chemical Engineering, Assistant Dean for Graduate Studies in the College of Engineering, and, most recently, Vice Provost and Dean of The Graduate School. As Dean, he had a leadership role in attracting major external awards totaling over $10 million to the University of Cincinnati to support graduate and STEM education.
Pinto joined the University of Louisville as Dean of the J.B. Speed School of Engineering in 2011. While dean, his accomplishments included overseeing a major expansion in the enrollment of the college and spearheading the development of the Belknap Engineering and Applied Sciences Research Park. He significantly strengthened the university’s relationship with GE, to develop a partnership that has led to significant educational and career opportunities for students and encouraged the company to bring its FirstBuild microfactory to campus. This effort earned the Silver Fleur-de-Lis award from Greater Louisville Inc. in 2015.
Between May 2015 and July 2016, Pinto served as Interim Executive Vice President and University Provost at UoL. During this period, he finalized the 21st Century University Plan and launched major initiatives to strengthen educational excellence, student success and access, research and community engagement. He was appointed Acting President in 2016.
Pinto was elected Fellow of the Graduate School of the University of Cincinnati based on outstanding scholarly attainment and was elected to the National Academy of Inventors in recognition of U.S. patents awarded. He has variously been active in the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Society for Engineering Education, American Chemical Society and is a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society. He is also the recipient of numerous outstanding teaching and service awards.
Pinto was born in Mumbai, India. He was educated at the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering. He earned his MS and his PhD in chemical engineering at Penn State University.
Honors and Awards
- Greater Louisville Inc. (Chamber of Commerce, Louisville, KY) Silver Fleur-de-Lis Award, 2015
- Elected Fellow of the Graduate School University of Cincinnati
- Elected to National Academy of Inventors, 2010
- BP Outstanding Teaching Award, 2004
- Engineering Tribunal Professor of the Year Award, 1994
- Neal Wandmacher Teaching Award 1992
- ABET Service Recognition Award, 1992-93
- Outstanding Chemical Engineering Professor, 1991-92
- Engineering Tribunal Teaching Certificates of Merit, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1999, 2000
- Tau Beta Pi Spotlight Professor, 1990
- Teaching Methodology
- Electrolyte Solutions
- Advanced Thermodynamics
- Propagation Phenomena
- Adsorption Processes
- Chemical Engineering
|1985||Ph. D., The Pennsylvania State University ‐ Chemical Engineering|
|1982||M.S., The Pennsylvania State University ‐ Chemical Engineering|
|1980||B. Tech., Indian Institute of Technology ‐ Chemical Engineering|
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Refereed Papers (Published) (34)
Leaching behavior of selected aromatics in cement-based solidification/stabilization under different leaching tests. Environmental Engineering Science (2009)
Stabilization/solidification (S/S) is a common technique used for treatment of heavy metal-contaminated wastes prior to land disposal. Unfortunately, most predominately inorganic hazardous wastes also contain some hazardous or toxic organics. These organics may not be ...
Study of hydrophobic interaction adsorption of bovine serum albumin under overloaded conditions using flow microcalorimetry. Journal of Chromatography A (1999)
The adsorption behavior of bovine serum albumin (BSA) on a Sepharose based hydrophobic interaction support has been studied. Flow microcalorimetry has been used to determine the heat of adsorption under overloaded chromatographic conditions. These data ...
Effect of salt on the mechanism of adsorption of aromatics on activated carbon. Langmuir (1999)
The effect of KCl on the adsorption of phenol, toluene, and benzene on activated carbon, with different degrees of surface oxygenation, was investigated. Different trends of salt effect were observed for each compound. The observed ...
Importance of heat of adsorption in modeling protein equilibria for overloaded chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A (1998)
The heat of adsorption and its dependence on surface coverage has been measured calorimetrically for protein ion-exchange systems of bovine serum albumin and ovalbumin on an anion-exchanger. Experimental data show that protein adsorption is endothermic ...
Combination of the steric mass action and non-ideal surface solution models for overload protein ion-exchange chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A (1997)
A model has been developed for protein ion-exchange equilibria under overloaded chromatographic conditions. This model combines the steric mass action model with the non-ideal surface solution model and accounts for steric hindrance and nearest neighbor ...
Effects of surface properties of activated carbons on adsorption behavior of selected aromatics. Carbon (1997)
Studies were undertaken to determine the role of surface oxygen complexes and metals on activated carbon on adsorption of selected aromatics. Three kinds of activated carbons (F400, MP and Darco G60) were used in the ...
Ideal adsorbed phase model for adsorption of phenolic compounds on activated carbon. Carbon (1997)
The applicability of the ideal adsorbed phase (IAP) model to the adsorption of selected phenolic organics on activated carbon has been studied. Experimental adsorption data were obtained as a function of solution pH and temperature ...
Frequency domain π-phase-shift reflectrometry for soil moisture measurement : I. Theory. Sensors and Actuators A: Physical (1996)
The theoretical basis for a frequency domain π-shift reflectometer for measuring soil moisture content has been presented. This method uses an interferometry approach. It is shown that this narrow-band technique promises greater reliability and flexibility ...
An investigation of the mechanisms of chemical regeneration of activated carbon. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (1996)
The mechanisms underlying chemical regeneration of activated carbon loaded with physisorbed organics have been explored. Using four aromatic adsorbates and five chemical regenerants in batch equilibrium and regeneration experiments, it has been shown that solubility ...
Gas permeabilities in thermally grown silicon dioxide films. Materials Science and Engineering: B (1995)
The permeability characteristics of six gases, argon, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen, in thermally grown silicon dioxide films have been evaluated. By studying the dependence of permeabilities on temperature, pressure and molecular weigth, ...
Model for ion-exchange equilibria of macromolecules in preparative chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A (1995)
An adsorption model based on the stoichiometric displacement principle was developed for the non-linear ion-exchange of macromolecules. In this model, the adsorbed phase is a non-ideal surface solution in equilibrium with a non-ideal bulk liquid, ...
Surface area enhancement of silica fibers by sol-gel processes. Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (1995)
Non-porous silica fibers, 1 μm in diameter and up to 100 μm long, have been coated by dispersion in silica sols in order to increase their specific surface area and improve the adsorption capacity for ...
Polymeric short-fiber chromatographic supports for downstream processing of biomolecules. Reactive Polymers (1995)
Fiber chromatography is prominent among the novel systems being developed for downstream processing. In this research, a polymer based anion-exchange support with fiber geometry has been developed. The fiber support has an asymmetric structure, with ...
Short-fiber chromatography columns : potential for process-scale bioseparations. Separation Science and Technology (1995)
Chromatographic supports with short-fiber geometry have been evaluated for process-scale applications. Using a prototype silica-based ion-exchange fiber and bovine serum albumin as the model biomolecule, a comparison of the throughput characteristics of fiber columns with ...
Modification of the h-root method for the determination of multicomponent Langmuir coefficients in liquid chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A (1994)
A refined version of the h-root method is presented for the measurement of Langmuir equilibrium coefficients in liquid chromatography. As in the original method, the measurement is based on the column behavior in the frontal mode. ...
Influence of lateral interactions on preparative protein chromatography : I. Isotherm behavior. Journal of Chromatography A (1994)
A thermodynamically consistent adsorption equilibrium model based on the stoichiometric displacement principle has been developed for non-linear protein ion exchange. The adsorbed phase is modeled as a surface solution in equilibrium with an ideal bulk ...
Influence of displacer properties on displacement chromatography of proteins : a theoretical study. Reactive Polymers (1993)
A theoretical framework has been established for the selection/design of polymeric displacers for displacement chromatography of proteins. This framework is based on the stoichiometric displacement model and Martin's additive theory. With this framework, computer simulations ...
Short fibrous supports for preparative chromatographic separations of biomolecules. Journal of Chromatography A (1992)
The characteristics of short, fibrous supports for chromatographic separations of biomolecules have been studied. A non-porous, silica-based fiber with an anion-exchange functionality was developed, and the performance of this support for protein separations was determined. ...
Theory of optimization of ideal displacement chromatography of binary mixtures. Journal of Chromatography A (1992)
The optimization of the displacement chromatographic separation of binary mixtures for maximizing the column throughput was investigated. The theory of coherence, based on the compound Langmuir model, was used to establish the general behavior of ...
Dextran sulfate as a displacer for the displacement chromatography of pharmaceutical proteins. Journal of Chromatographic Science (1991)
Dextran sulfate is successfully employed as a displacer for the displacement chromatography of β-lactoglobulins A and B. Performance characteristics for this separation, such as product recovery vs. product purity and throughput, have been reported. It ...
Fixed-bed adsorption of acid gases on a macroreticular ion-exchange resin. Reactive Polymers (1991)
The fixed-bed adsorption behavior of sulfur dioxide and carbon dioxide on a macroreticular, styrene-divinylbenzene, anion-exchange resin has been studied. The effects of feed composition, feed flow rate, bed length, and bed temperature on bed performance ...
Use of the sodium salt of poly(vinylsulfonic acid) as a low-molecular-weight displacer for protein separations by ion-exchange displacement chromatography. Journal of Chromatography A (1990)
The sodium salt of poly(vinylsulfonic acid) (PVSNa), molecular weight 2000, a low-molecular-weight polyelectrolyte, has been identified as a suitable displacer for the concentration and purification of protein mixtures. This displacer has been tested on the ...
Partially oriented short-fiber beds for downstream processing of biomolecules. Reactive Polymers (1990)
The concept of partially oriented, short-fiber beds has been introduced. It has been shown that these novel beds have the potential for simultaneously providing a high adsorption capacity and high throughput capability. These beds are ...