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About Thomas D. Wheelock

Specific problems of environmental pollution have been addressed through the development of improved methods for removing sulfur and ash-forming mineral matter from coal and by the development of a method for regenerating calcium-based sorbents that are used to remove sulfur compounds from the products of coal gasification or coal combustion. This effort is being extended to the development of a combined catalyst and sorbent for use in steam reforming hydrocarbons to produce hydrogen.The research effort is based on an extensive background of experience gained by studying a number of potentially useful methods for cleaning and/or utilizing coal. These methods have included both chemical leaching and particle separation processes as well as coal gasification by means of a unique electrothermal fluidized bed reactor. The present effort is also based on experience gained in developing an unusual cyclic process for decomposing calcium sulfate in a two-zone fluidized bed reactor whereby the material is exposed alternately and repeatedly to reduction and oxidation at high temperature.

Positions

2001 Present University Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
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19942001 University Professor, Iowa State University Department of Chemical Engineering
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19742001 Associate Scientist, Ames Laboratory
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19641994 Professor, Iowa State University Department of Chemical Engineering
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19611964 Associate Professor, Iowa State University Department of Chemical Engineering
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19581961 Assistant Professor, Iowa State University Department of Chemical Engineering
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19571958 Instructor, Iowa State University Department of Chemical Engineering
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19511954 Chemical Engineer, FMC Corporation
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19491951 Engineer, Chemical Equipment of California
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Education

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1958 PhD, PhD in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University ‐ Department of Chemical Engineering
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1949 BS, BS in Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University ‐ Department of Chemical Engineering
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