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Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2011.

The primary focus of my research is the development of detailed microkinetic models for complex reacting systems.

Our approach is to automate the discovery of reaction pathways, and the calculation of key parameters using ab initio quantum chemistry calculations. These kinetic models will link to multi-scale models of the reactor systems so that the overall process can be understood and optimized as a whole.

This approach towards microkinetic model development will contribute to two separate areas of catalytic materials research: the understanding of flame aerosol catalyst synthesis, and the optimization and understanding of catalytic processes, leading to catalyst design and discovery.


  • B.A., M.Eng. (Chemical Engineering) University of Cambridge, 2004
  • Ph.D. (Chemical Engineering) University of Cambridge, 2009
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2008-2011

Research & Scholarship Interests

Development of detailed microkinetic models for complex reacting systems. Automating the discovery and calculation of reaction pathways.
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Department Research Areas

College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • American Chemical Society Doctoral New Investigator Award

Selected Publications

  • C.F. Goldsmith, R.H. West, Automatic Generation of Microkinetic Mechanisms for Heterogeneous Catalysis, The Journal of Physical Chemistry C, 121(18), 2017, 9970-9981
  • K. Han, W.H. Green, R.H. West, On-the-fly Pruning for Rate-Based Reaction Mechanism Generation, Computers & Chemical Engineering, 100, 2017, 1-8
  • F. Seyedzadeh Khanshan, R.H. West, Developing Detailed Kinetic Models of Syngas Production from Bio-Oil Gasification Using Reaction Mechanism Generator (RMG), Fuel, 163, 2016, 25-33
  • B.L. Slakman, H. Simka, H. Reddy, R.H. West, Extending Reaction Mechanism Generator to Silicon Hydride Chemistry, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research, 55(49), 2016, 12507-12515
  • C.W. Gao, J.W. Allen, W.H. Green, R.H. West, Reaction Mechanism Generator: Automatic Construction of Chemical Kinetic Mechanisms, Computer Physics Communications, 203, 2016, 212-225
  • R. Van de Vijver, N.M. Vandewiele, G.B. Marin, R.H. West, et al., Automatic Mechanism and Kinetic Model Generation for Gas-and Solution-phase Processes: A Perspective on Best Practices, Recent Advances, and Future Challenges, International Journal of Chemical Kinetics, 47(4), 2015, 199-231
  • P.L. Bhoorasingh, R.H. West, Transition State Geometry Prediction Using Molecular Group Contributions, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17(48), 2015, 32173–32182
  • A. Jalan, R.H. West, W.H. Green, An Extensible Framework for Capturing Solvent Effects in Computer Generated Kinetic Models, Journal of Physical Chemistry B, 117(10), 2013, 2955–2970
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Congratulations to the COE faculty and students that were honored at the 2018 Academic Honors Convocation.

March 13, 2018

ChE Assistant Professor Richard West was awarded a $503K NSF CAREER Award for Predictive kinetic modeling of halogenated hydrocarbon combustion.

February 20, 2018

ChE Assistant Professor Richard West is a member of the leadership team through which Cantera has just secured fiscal sponsorship from NumFOCUS. Cantera is an open-access software suite which helps...