Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Illinois

David Boger, of “Boger fluids” fame, returns to campus for lecture

We are thrilled to announce that David Boger will return to the University of Illinois campus for the Distinguished Alumni Lecture this fall.

Professor David Boger, Ph.D. '65, will deliver the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Oct.1.
Professor David Boger, Ph.D. ’65, will deliver the Distinguished Alumni Lecture Oct. 1.

Professor Boger earned a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Illinois in 1965, studying under Dr. James Westwater. He has held chemical engineering positions at Monash University and the University of Melbourne in Australia.

Professor Boger’s talk is entitled, “From Boger Fluids to Environmental Rheology.” His lecture will trace his rheological research starting at Monash University in 1966. He will describe how Boger fluids were developed and discuss suspension rheology as well as new research in environmental rheology and sustainability.

The lecture will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, in Room 116 of Roger Adams Laboratory, 600 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana.

Professor Boger currently is an engineering professor at Monash University and was Laureate Professor and Professor of Chemical Engineering at The University of Melbourne. He has held visiting positions at universities around the world, consulted for over 90 companies from 3M Corporation to Tata Research and Development Centre in India and is currently an expert witness in several international court cases. He has received numerous honours and awards, including the 2005 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007. From 2000 to 2003, he held the position of BHP Fellow, a distinguished consulting position for BHP Billiton.

Highlights of his research include the discovery of constant viscosity elastic liquids (Boger fluids); detailed experimental investigations using such materials to define fluid elasticity effects in important flows; the linking of basic surface chemistry to the continuum properties and the processing of particulate fluids; developing novel methods for flow property measurement; and the linking of the basic research to significant industrial outcomes in the petroleum, food and minerals industries. He is well-known for exploiting rheology for waste minimisation in the minerals.