Juan Manuel Salazar

606 W Cornelia Ave Apt 491,
Chicago, IL - 60657
Phone no: (773)-226-2404


  • PhD Chemical Engineering
    Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS
    Research advisor: Dr. Keith L. Hohn
    Dissertation: "Sol-gel synthesis of vanadium phosphorous oxides for the partial oxidation of n-butane to Maleic Anhydride"

  • BSc Chemical Engineering, Honor Degree
    National Universitiy of Colombia, Manizales, Colombia
    Emphasis Field: Chemical, Catalytic and Biological Processes


  • Process System Engineering: Advanced process synthesis and optimization for energy related processes
  • Statistical analysis: Analysis of variance, correlation and regression analysis, experimental design of catalytic and biological systems
  • Synthesis, evaluation and characterization of catalytic materials
  • Characterization of intermediate and byproducts of biomass processing
  • Mechanistic modeling and simulation of catalytic reactions


  • Research Engineer: VRI-CUSTOM, 2008-Present
    • Developed and applied mathematical programming tools for the minimization of water usage and consumption in power plants
    • Developed and adapted simulation flowsheets to be used in the synthesis and optimization of power plant models including gasification, chemical looping combustion and carbon sequestration
  • Adjunct Research Assistant Professor: Department of Bioengineering, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2008-Present
    • Co-teach course: Introduction to applied optimization. Delivered lectures and tutorials on computational tools for applied optimization
  • Graduate Research Assistant: Department of Chemical Engineering, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2003-2007
    • Applied alkoxide sol-gel process to the synthesis of solid materials in order to improve their surface area and their performance as catalysts and catalysts' supports
    • Evaluated catalytic materials in fixed-bed differential reactors
    • Employed XRD, DRIFTS, SEM, BET for the characterization of catalytic and biomass-derived materials
  • Instructor: Department of Petroleum Engineering, University of the Americas, Bogotá, Colombia: Mass and Energy Balances, 2002
  • Instructor: Department of Chemical Engineering, National University of Colombia, Manizales, Colombia: Fundamentals of catalytic processes and process engineering, 2001
  • Internship: IBC Sulfuric Acid Plant, Manizales, Colombia, Plant Manager Assistant, 1998-1999


  • Chemical Engineering software: Aspen Plus, Hysys and HX-net
  • Programming languages: Fortran
  • Mathematics and Statistics: Matlab and SAS


  • Salazar, J. M.; Diwekar, U. M. Minimization of fresh water consumption for particulate carbon (pc) power plants. Proceedings FOCAPD 2009, Accepted.
  • Salazar, J. M.; Diwekar, U. M. Minimization under uncertainty of water consumption in PC and IGCC power plants. In preparation 2009.
  • Shastri, Y; Salazar, J. M.; Diwekar, U. M. Multi-Objective optimization analysis of the IGCC system with chemical looping combustion. In preparation 2009.
  • Corredor, D. Y; Sun, X. S. ; Salazar, J. M.; Hohn, K.L. and Wang, D. Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Soybean Hull using Dilute Acid and Steam Explosion Pretreatments. J. Biobased materials and bioenergy. 2, 43-50 (2008).
  • Corredor, D. Y; Salazar, J. M.; Hohn, K.L., Bean, S., Bean, B. and Wang, D. Evaluation and characterization of forage sorghum as feedstock for fermentable sugar production. Appl. Biochem. Biotech. Available online August 2008.
  • Salazar, J. M; Hohn, K.L. Sol-gel synthesis of vanadium phosphorous oxides for the partial oxidation of butane to Maleic anhydride. AIChE annual meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2006, 308G/1.
  • Salazar, J.M.; Hohn, K.L. Preparation of high surface area VOHPO4 0.5H2O with the alkoxide method. AIChE annual meeting, Conference Proceedings. 2004, 558G/1.


  • AIChE Annual Meeting, Phyladelphya, PA, Nov 17-21, 2008
  • AIChE Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT, Nov 4-9, 2007
  • AIChE Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, Nov 12-17, 2006
  • 11th Annual Graduate Research Forum, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, March 3, 2006
  • 19th North American Catalysis Society Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 22-27, 2005
  • AIChE Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, Nov 10-16, 2004
  • 39th Midwest Regional Meeting of the Am. Chem. Soc, Manhattan, KS, October 20-22, 2004


  • W. H. Hostead Fellowship for outstanding graduate students in Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University 2005-2006 and 2006-2007
  • Merit award for the graduating final report: "Implementation of the quality assurance system according to ISO 9001 at a sulfuric acid plant"
  • Highest GPA (4.21/5.0) among all Chem. Eng. graduates in 1999 school year