Prof. Joseph Smith Portrait

  Dr. Joseph D. Smith

   Missouri University of Science and Technology
   134 Schrenk Hall
   Rolla, MO 65409
   Phone: 573-341-4294

   BS ChE, Brigham Young University, 1983
   MS ChE, Brigham Young University, 1984
   PhD ChE, Brigham Young University, 1990

Research Areas

Hybrid energy systems, Fuels combustion and gasification, Industrial gas flare design, operation, and regulation, Process modeling, monitoring, control, and operation

Research Statement

Dr. Joseph D. Smith currently holds the Laufer Endowed Energy Chair and also serves as Director of the Energy Research and Development Center at Missouri University of Science and Technology.  He has been developing hybrid energy systems that integrate nuclear energy with chemical and petrochemical processes to produce liquid fuels and chemicals.  Clean carbon free nuclear heat is used with high temperature steam electrolysis to replaces traditional steam methane reforming.  Hybrid Energy Systems represent transformational energy technology that supports national energy security.


#2009/0099060, “Exhaust Flue Cap and Filter Device for a Gas Fired Appliance,” April 2, 2009.

#2009/0017741 A1, “Chimney Cap with Replaceable or Recyclable Ceramic Catalytic Filter Insert,” January 15, 2009.

#7,318,381 B2, “Methods and Systems for Determining and Controlling the Percent Stoichiometric Oxidant in an Incinerator,” January 15, 2008.

#2006/0039846 A1; “Ceria Composition and Process for Preparing Same,” February 23, 2006.

#6,887,566 B1; “Ceria Composition and Process for Preparing Same,” May 3, 2005.

#6,702,572 B2, “Ultra-Stable Flare Pilot and Methods,” March 9, 2004.

#6,667,012, “Catalytic Converter,” December 23, 2003.

Representative Publications

J. D. Smith, M. Lorra, E. M. Hixson, and T. Eldredge, “CFD in Burner Development”, Chapter 5, Handbook of Industrial Burners. C.E. Baukal, editor, CRC Press, (2003). 

M. Henneke, J. D. Smith, J. D. Jayakaran, and M. Lorra, “Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) Based Combustion Modeling”, Chapter 9, The John Zink Combustion Handbook. C.E. Baukal, R.E. Schwartz, editors, CRC Press, (2001).

J. D. Smith, R. D. Van Dell, and E. M. Hixson, "Application of Computational Fluid Mechanics to Modeling the Incineration of Chlorinated Hydrocarbon Wastes in Thermal Oxidizers", Combustion Science and Technology 101, 397-423 (1994).

R. D. Van Dell, N. H. Mahle, and J. D. Smith, "A Global Kinetic Model for the Formation and Destruction of the Products of Incomplete Combustion Produced from the Combustion of o-Dichlorobenzene", Combustion Science and Technology 100, 225-243 (1994).

J. D. Smith, P. J. Smith, and S. C. Hill, "Parametric Sensitivity Study of a CFD-Based Coal Combustion Model", AIChE Journal 39(10), 1668-1679 (1993).

J. D. Smith, T. T. Spence, P. J. Smith, A. M. Blackham, and L. D. Smoot, "Effects of Coal Quality on Utility Furnace Performance", Fuel 67, 27-35 (1988).