January 15, 2020 CE – Estimating Physical Properties

Continuing Education – Evening Lecture
Estimating Physical Properties

Presenter: Dr. Kevin G. Joback, President
Molecular Knowledge Systems (MKS),

Wednesday January 15, 2020 (postponed from September 4, 2019)
5:15pm-5:30pm – Networking
5:30pm-6:30pm – Dinner & Presentation
6:30pm-6:45pm – Q&A Session & Closing Remarks

PDH Credit: 1 credit

3rd Floor Main Conference Room
Two Ash St. Suite 3000
Three Tower Bridge, Jacobs Engineering
Conshohocken, PA 19428

$30 Members
$35 Non-members & Guests
$15 Students
$15 WEBEX option– Please select from Drop down menu and Christine McQuade (christine.aichedvs@gmail.com) will be in contact with follow up webex info.

Dinner will be provided with registration for live attendance.

Physical properties are essential to the analysis and design of chemical processes and chemical products. However, you often cannot find properties for the specific chemicals, temperatures, pressures and compositions you are working with. Physical property estimation techniques may be able to provide values for these missing properties. This course will provide you with an understanding of how to use estimation techniques and, more importantly, how to avoid problems when estimating physical properties.

Course Outline:

  • Importance of molecular structure: atoms, bonding, isomers, stereochemistry, rings
  • Physical properties: temperature, pressure, composition dependence
  • Physical property diagrams: pressure-volume-temperature, vapor-liquid equilibria, solid-liquid equilibria, liquid-liquid equilibria
  • Property estimation methods: parameter models, equation oriented techniques, group contributions, connectivity indices
  • Estimating constant properties: boiling point, critical properties, enthalpies of transition
  • Estimating temperature dependent properties: heat capacity, vapor pressure, viscosity
  • Equations of state: pure components and mixtures
  • Activity coefficient models: van Laar, Wilson, NRTL and UNIFAC
    Phase equilibrium calculations: vapor-liquid, liquid-liquid, solid-liquid
    Estimating safety properties: heat of formation, flash point, flammability limits
  • Estimating environmental properties: aquatic toxicity, Henry’s law constants
  • Estimating additional properties: polymers, multiphase systems, foods and cosmetics

Kevin G. Joback is president of Molecular Knowledge Systems (MKS). For more than 25 years he has worked in the areas of physical property estimation and chemical product design developing several group contribution estimation techniques now widely used in industry and designing chemical products such as environmentally friendly cleaning and separation solvents, new lubricants, enhanced thermal storage materials, improved jet and rocket fuels, CO2 absorption solvents, and non-hazardous aircraft deicing fluids. He holds a BS from Stevens Institute of Technology and a Masters and PhD from MIT, all in chemical engineering.


Please register no later than Wednesday January 15 at 5:00 PM. Cancellation requests received by the registration deadline will be fully refunded.  We will inform the attendees who have paid for the original date that a refund will be made or payment logged for future attendance so that the next time they attend, no payment will be needed.

Should you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Christine McQuade at christine.aichedvs@gmail.com.

If you arrive after 5:15 PM and the main entrance doors are locked, please call or text:
Josh Popek (570-814-8833), Matt Braskey (610-310-8721), or Christine McQuade (267-418-4802).