Mark C. Thies
Dow Chemical Professor, Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Clemson University
EducationPh.D., University of Delaware, 1985
B.S., Georgia Tech, 1977 Registered Professional Engineer, State of Delaware
AppointmentsDow Chemical Professor, Clemson University, 2013-
Professor, Clemson University, 1996-2013
Associate Professor, 1989-1996
Assistant Professor, 1985-1989
Marie Curie Fellow, National Technical University of Athens (Greece), 2008-2009, 2011
Humboldt Research Fellow, Technical University Hamburg-Harburg (Germany), 1994-1995
Process Development Engineer, Proctor and Gamble Company, 1977-1980
Office: 221 Earle Hall
Research Focus: Separations, Thermodynamics, and Supercritical Fluids
Dr. Thies is the Dow Chemical Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Clemson University, where he has been on the faculty since 1985. He received his Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1977, co-oping while an undergrad for what is now Potash Corp. in Augusta, Ga, and then worked for Procter and Gamble for 3 years in Process Development on Jif peanut butter and Duncan Hines cake mixes. After this, Thies was ready to return to academia, and received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware in 1985. He was selected as the National Outstanding AIChE Student Chapter Counselor in 1990, was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship with Prof. Gerd Brunner at the Technical University of Hamburg-Harburg (TUHH) 1994-1995, and received the Clemson College of Engineering McQueen Quattlebaum Award for Research Excellence in 1999. Thies has served on the Editorial Advisory Board for the journal Carbon since 2002 and was a member of the Editorial Board for The Journal of Supercritical Fluids 2008-2011. He was a Marie Curie Fellow with Doros Theodorou at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) 2008-2009, 2011 and subsequently served as the Conference Chair for the World Conference on Carbon in 2010, the largest conference in the world dedicated exclusively to carbon.
Thies is the author of 70+ refereed journal publications, 3 patents, and 3 book chapters, and has directed over $10 million in externally funded research. His research interests include thermodynamics, phase behavior, and separations, with an emphasis on the application of supercritical fluids to the fractionation and molecular characterization of poorly defined, oligomeric systems. Current systems of interest include lignin and liquid crystalline PAH oligomers for energy and materials applications.
When not in Earle Hall, Thies enjoys running, whitewater paddling on the Chattooga River, languages, apologetics, and working on his 66 Mustang.
Courses TaughtChE 220, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics I
ChE 307 and 407: Unit Operations Laboratory I and II
ChE 321, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics II
ChE 330, Mass Transfer and Separations
ChE 432, Process Development, Design, and Optimization of Chemical Engineering Systems II
ChE 804, Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
ChE 823, Mass Transfer and Stagewise Contact Operations
ChE 834, Polymer Thermodynamics