Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Personnel Profile

Horacio A. Duarte, Associate Professor

No Photo Available

CURRICULUM VITAE

Education:

        Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 1988.

        M. Eng. Chemical Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, MX, 1980

        B.S. Chemical Engineering, Instituto Tecnologico de Durango, Mexico, 1977.

Experience:

        Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Jan 2006 - Present

            (Granted tenure on May 2010)

            Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX.

        Thermodynamics Specialist, February 2001 - December 2005.

            Physical Properties/Thermal Leveraged Technology

            South Charleston Technical Center,

            The Dow Chemical Company, South Charleston, WV.

            Key Responsibilities: Measurement and correlation of physical properties.  New

            technique development for physical properties measurement.

            Accomplishments:  Developed a technique to measure the solubility and diffusion

            coefficient of gases in polymers using a magnetic suspension balance.

        Staff Engineer, June 1999 – February 2001.

            Thermophysical Properties Skill Center, South Charleston Technical Center,          

            Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston, WV.

        Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, May 1998 - May 1999

        Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, January 1994 - May 1998

            Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Kingsville, TX.

        Engineering Research Associate, 1991 - 1993

            Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station.

        Research Associate, 1989 - 1990

            Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

        Engineering Research Associate, 1988 - 1989

        Research Assistant, 1982 - 1988

            Chemical Engineering Department, Texas A&M University, College Station.

        Assistant Professor, 1980 - 1981 Instituto Tecnologico de Durango, Mexico.

            Instructor, 1979, Instituto Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

 


Awards:

        Chancellor’s Teaching Excellence Award

            Texas A&M University System, Fall 2008

        Team Work Award for Excellence in Science

            Core R&D, The Dow Chemical Company, 2004

Consulting:

        Consultant for MATRIC (Mid Atlantic Technology Research and Innovation

            Center), South Charleston, WV, Summer 2008, 2010 and 2012.

        Expert witness for the law firm Abboud and Ware, Dallas, TX, 1999.

Summer Research:

        Guest Researcher, Thermophysics Division, National Institute of Standards and

            Technology, Boulder, CO, 2009,

        Guest Researcher, Office of Naval Research, Indian Head, MD, 2007.

            Visiting Associate Professor, Texas A&M University, College station, TX, 2006.

        Guest Researcher, Thermophysics Division, National Institute of Standards and

            Technology, Boulder, CO, 1998, 1997 and 1995.

        Guest Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M        

            University, 1996 and 1994.

Teaching and Research:

Dr. Duarte taught the senior Chemical Process Design courses at TAMUK for five and a half years. He also taught the Material and Energy Balances course, the graduate and undergraduate Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics courses and a Biochemical Engineering course.  He is currently teaching Process Dynamics and Control (graduate and undergraduate), Unit Operations I and II, Introduction to Chemical Engineering and Thermodynamics I.

Dr. Duarte has more than 25 years research experience in Thermodynamics.  He has measured PVT and heat capacity of new alternative refrigerants.  During his tenure at UCC and DOW, he has measured a wide variety of physical properties of industrially important chemicals.  This includes measurements of VLE, LLE, SLE, solubility of gases in liquids, solubility of gases in polymers, and diffusion coefficient of gases in polymers.  He developed a technique to measure the solubility and diffusion coefficient of gases and vapors in polymers using a magnetic suspension balance.

Research projects directed at TAMUK:

        More than 40 master’s research projects directed at TAMUK.

Publications:

Refereed papers:

Ramirez-Beltran, N., Rodriguez, H., Estebez, A. and Duarte, H.A., A Neural Network Approach to Predict Activity Coefficients, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, 87,  748-760, 2009.

Duarte-Garza H.A. and Magee J.W., Isochoric P-r-T Measurements on {(x)CO2 + (1-x) C2H6, x @ 0.25, 0.49, 0.74} from (200 to 400) K at Pressures to 35 Mpa, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 46, 1095-1100, 2001.

Duarte-Garza H.A. and Magee J.W., Molar Heat Capacity at Constant  Volume of Trifluoromethane (R23) from the Triple-Point Temperature to 342 K at Pressures to 33 Mpa, , International Journal of Thermophysics, Vol 21, No. 6, 1351-1372, 2000.

Duarte-Garza H.A. and Magee J.W., Isochoric P-r-T and Heat Capacity Cv Measurements on {xC3H8 + (1-x)I-C4H10, x » 0.7, 0.3} from 200 to 400 K at Pressures to 35 Mpa, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 44, 1048-1054, 1999.

Duarte-Garza H.A. and Magee J.W., Subatmospheric Vapor Pressures  for Fluoromethane (R41), 1,1-Difluoroethane (R152a), and 1,1,1-Trifluoroethane (R143a) Evaluated from Internal Energy Measurements, International Journal of Thermophysics, Vol 20, No. 5, 1467-1481, 1999.

Duarte-Garza H.A., Holste J.C.,  Hall K.R., and Iglesias-Silva G.A., A Technique for Preparing Thermodynamic Property Tables Using Incomplete Data Sets, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 146, 123-137, 1998.

Sadeq J., Duarte H.A., and Serth R., Anomalous Results from Process Simulators, Chemical Engineering Education, 46-51, Winter 1997.

Duarte-Garza H.A. and Magee J.W., Subatmospheric Vapor Pressures Evaluated from Internal Energy Measurements, International Journal of Thermophysics, Vol 18, No. 1, 173-193, 1997.

Duarte-Garza H.A., Hwang C.A., Kellerman S., Miller R.C., Hall R.H., Holste J.C, Marsh, K.R., and Gammon B.E., Vapor Pressure, Vapor Density, and Liquid Density for 1,1-Dichlorofluoroethane (R141b), Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 42, 497-501, 1997.

Duarte-Garza H.A., Stouffer C.E., Hall, K.R., Holste J.C., Marsh K.N. and Gammon B.E., Experimental Critical Constants, Vapor Pressures, and Vapor  and Liquid Densities for Pentafluoroethane (R125), Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 42, 745-753, 1997.

Lau W.R., Hwang C.-A., Brugge H.B., Iglesias-Silva G.A., Duarte-Garza H.A., Rogers W.J., Gammon B.E., Marsh K.N., Hall K.R., and Holste J.C., A Continuously Weighed Pycnometer for Measuring Fluid Properties,  Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, 42, 738-744, 1997.

Duarte-Garza H.A., Holste J.C., Hall K.R., Marsh K.N., and Gammon B.E., Isochoric PVT and Phase Equilibrium Measurements for Carbon Dioxide + Nitrogen, Journal of Chemical and Engineering Data, Vol 40, No. 3, 704-711, 1995.

Duarte-Garza H.A. et. al., Thermodynamic Properties of Pentafluoroethane (R125) and 1,1-Dichlorofluoroethane (R141b), ASHRAE paper DE-93-6-3, ASHRAE Trans., Vol 99, part 2, 1993

Eubank P.T., Barrufet M.A., Duarte-Garza H.A. and Yurttas L., PVT Experiments for Precise VLE Data for Mixtures of Similar Volatility, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 52, 219-227, 1989.

Refereed reports:

Hwang C.H., Duarte-Garza H.A., Holste J.C., Eubank P.T.,and Hall K.R., Thermodynamic Properties of CO2 + CH4 Mixtures, A joint report by the Gas Processors Association and the Gas Research Institute, RR 138, 1995.

Duarte-Garza H.A., Holste J.C., Eubank P.T.,and Hall K.R, Thermodynamic Properties of CO2 + C2H6 Mixtures, A joint report by the Gas Processors Association and the Gas Research Institute, RR 139, 1995.

Duarte-Garza H.A., Holste J.C., Eubank P.T.,and Hall K.R, Thermodynamic Properties of CO2 + N2 Mixtures, A joint report by the Gas Processors Association and the Gas Research Institute, RR 140, 1995.

Non-refereed papers:

Duarte, H.A., Pullalarevu, G.R., Desai, D. and Nukala, N.K., Experimental Densities and Excess Volumes for the Binary Mixtures Benzene-Toluene, Acetone-Benzene and Acetone-Toluene at Various Temperatures and Atmospheric Pressure, AIChE Spring National Conference, Tampa, FL (April 27, 2009).

Duarte-Garza H.A., Ran Q., Marsh K.N., and Holste J.C., Enthalpies of Vaporization for Refrigerant AZ-20 (HFC-125/HFC32) from PVT Measurements, presented at the 13th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Boulder, CO, June 22-27 1997.

Duarte-Garza H.A. and Magee J.W. , Subatmospheric Vapor Pressures Evaluated from Internal Energy Measurements, presented at the 13th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Boulder, CO, June 22-27 1997.

Duarte-Garza H.A., Holste J.C. and Hall K.R., A Corrector Function for an Extended Corresponding States Model, presented at the 12th Symposium on Thermophysical Properties, Boulder, CO, June 19-24 1994.

Holste J.C., Duarte-Garza H.A., and Villamanan M.A., Thermodynamic Properties Measurements, Paper 93-WA/HT-60, presented at the ASME Winter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, December 1993.

UCC and Dow project reports:  47 project reports.

Contact Information

The Wayne H. King Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering
EC 316
MSC 193 Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Kingsville, Texas 78363-8202
voice: (361) 593-2008
fax: (361) 593-4026
email: horacio.duarte@tamuk.edu
Personal Website:

This page was last updated on: June 11, 2014