Dr. Clint Aichele

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Variable & Marginal Quality Water Supplies
Assoc. Professor & Lew Ward Faculty Fellow
School of Chemical Engineering
Oklahoma State University
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B.S. | Chemical Engineering | Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK | 2004
Ph.D. | Chemical Engineering | Rice University, Houston, TX | 2009
Research Interests: 

Dr. Clint Aichele, associate professor of chemical engineering at Oklahoma State University, is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020.

Dr. Aichele's research supports the project's Focus Area 3: Variable and Marginal Quality Water Supplies (V-MQW). The V-MQW Supplies focus area addresses issues surrounding Oklahoma’s water demands, which are projected to increase 600,000 acre-feet per year between 2007-2060. Reliable water supplies are needed to provide for these demands while meeting the state’s goal of capping freshwater use to 2010 levels. However, freshwater supplies are declining due to reservoir sedimentation and groundwater overdraft and are increasingly vulnerable to S2S variability. Concurrently, volumes of oil and gas ‘produced water,’ municipal wastewater, and stormwater are increasing with continued oil and gas development and urbanization. Disposal of produced waters has been correlated with seismicity, potentially impacting infrastructure and resulting in energy production curtailment in some regions. The challenge is finding a mix of solutions that allow Oklahoma’s diverse array of MQW to be economically treated for beneficial use to address water scarcity related to changing seasonal to subseasonal weather patterns, waste disposal, and infrastructure risk while supporting continued energy production and economic growth. 

Dr. Aichele's Major Areas of Research

  • Interfacial Phenomena
  • Emulsion Formation and Stability
  • Flow Assurance
  • Separations
  • Reservoir Wettability Alteration

Learn more about the OK NSF EPSCoR research project.

Key Publications: 
  • Erfani, A., Khosharay, S., Aichele, C.P. 2019. Surface Tension of Different Binary Systems of Glycerol and Alcohol,” Journal of Chemical Thermodynamics. 135:241-251.
  • Daniel A., Miranda, M., Mohammad, S., Aichele, C.P. 2019. Absorption and Desorption Mass Transfer Rates as a Function of Pressure and Mixing in a Simple Hydrocarbon System. Chemical Engineering Research and Design. 144: 209-215.
  • Manivannan, R.G., Mohammad, S., McCarley, K., Cai, T., Aichele, C., 2019. A New Test System for Distillation Efficiency Experiments at Elevated Liquid Viscosities: Vapor-Liquid Equilibrium and Liquid Viscosity Data for Cyclopentanol+Cyclohexanol. Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 64:696-705.
  • Liu, R., Yegya Raman, A., Shaik, I., Aichele, C., Kim, S. 2018. Inorganic Microfiltration Membranes Incorporated with Hydrophilic Silica Nanoparticles for Oil-in-Water Emulsion Separation. Journal of Water Process Engineering. 26:124-130.
  • Liu, R., Aichele, C.P., Kim, S.2018. Boron Substituted MFI-Type Zeolite-Coated Mesh for Oil-Water Separation. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspect. 550:108-114.
  • Liu, R., Dangwal, S., Shaik, I., Aichele, C., Kim, S. 2018. Hydrophilicity-Controlled MFI-Type Zeolite-Coated Mesh for Oil/Water Separation. Separation and Purification Technology 195:163-169.
  • Yegya Raman, A., Aichele, C.P. 2018. Demulsification of Surfactant Stabilized Water-in-Oil (Cyclohexane) Emulsions using Silica Nanoparticles. Energy and Fuels. 32:8121-8130.
  • Briggs, N., Barrett, L., Yegya Raman, A., Aichele, C.P., Crossley, S. 2017. Stable Pickering Emulsions using Multi-Walled Carbon Nanotubes of Varying Wettability. Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects. 537:227-235.
  • Aichele, C.P., Chapman, W.G., Rhyne, L.D., Subramani, H.J., and House, W. 2009. Analysis of Formation of Water-in-Oil Emulsions. Energy and Fuels. 23:3674-3680.
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