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Francisco Hung

Associate Professor,  Chemical Engineering


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  • 324 ISEC
  • 617.373.8619

Research Focus

Molecular modeling of interfacial and solvated systems relevant to materials, manufacturing, energy and the environment


Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2016.


  • Postdoctoral researcher (Chemical Engineering) University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2005-2007
  • PhD (Chemical Engineering) North Carolina State University, 2005
  • BS (Chemical Engineering) Universidad Simón Bolívar, Venezuela, 1996

Honors & Awards

  • LSU Rainmaker Award, 2014
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2013
  • ORAU Ralph E. Powe Award, 2008

Research Overview

Molecular modeling of interfacial and solvated systems relevant to materials, manufacturing, energy and the environment

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • Y. Shen, F. R. Hung, A Molecular Simulation Study of Carbon Dioxide Uptake by a Deep Eutectic Solvent Confined in Slit Nanopores, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121(44), 2017, 24562-24575
  • R. Abedin, S. Heidarian, J. C. Flake, F. R. Hung, Computational Evaluation of Mixtures of Hydrofluorocarbons and Deep Eutectic Solvents for Absorption Refrigeration Systems, Langmuir, 33(42), 2017, 11611-11625
  • Z. Zhang, P. Avij, M. J. Perkins, T. P. Liyana-Arachchi, J. A. Field, K. T. Valsaraj, F. R. Hung, Combined Experimental and Molecular Simulation Investigation of the Individual Effects of Corexit Surfactants on the Aerosolization of Oil Spill Matter, Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120(30), 2016, 6048-6058
  • X. He, Y. Shen, F. R. Hung, E. E. Santiso, Heterogeneous Nucleation from a Supercooled Ionic Liquid on a Carbon Surface, Journal of Chemical Physics, 145(21), 2016, 211919
  • X. He, Y. Shen, F. R. Hung, E. E. Santiso, Molecular Simulation of Homogeneous Nucleation of Crystals of an Ionic Liquid from the Melt, Journal of Chemical Physics, 143(12), 2015, 124506
  • Y. Shen, X. He, F. R. Hung, Structural and Dynamical Properties of a Deep Eutectic Solvent Confined Inside a Slit Pore, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 119(43), 2015, 24489-24500
  • N. N. Rajput, J. Monk, F. R. Hung, Ionic Liquids Confined in a Realistic Activated Carbon Model: A Molecular Simulation Study, Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 118(3), 2014, 1540-1553


Nov 16, 2017

Hung Awarded American Chemical Society Funding

ChE Associate Professor Francisco Hung was awarded a $110K grant from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Petroleum Research Fund for “Understanding Novel Shale Hydration Inhibitors for Water-Based Drilling Fluids Using Molecular Simulation.”


Aug 11, 2017

Research from Prof. Francisco Hung Featured on Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Website

ChE Associate Professor Francisco Hung’s research program on modeling organic molecules adsorbed on environmentally relevant interfaces was featured in the story “Study Characterizes Effects of Corexit Components on Oil Aerosolization” on the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) website.

Sep 01, 2016

New Faculty Spotlight: Francisco Hung

Francisco Hung joins the Chemical Engineering department in Fall 2016 as an Associate Professor.

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