Anthony M. Dean

Emeritus Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Tony DeanAlthough I retired June 30, 2017 as Vice President for Research, I am still active in various energy-related projects. One significant effort with my former student Dr. Kun Wang is preparation of a book chapter on the generation of rate rules for inclusion in comprehensive reaction mechanisms for the pyrolysis and oxidation of fossil and renewable fuels. Our approach is to calculate rate coefficients for a series of similar reactions with relatively small molecules (where higher levels of theory can be used) and then to use these results to generate rate rules that will be applicable to this reaction type involving larger species. We are especially interested in predicting the temperature and pressure dependence of the branching ratios of chemically-activated reactions and the kinetic characterization of the reactions that lead to production of higher molecular weight species. I’m also involved in consulting as well as manuscript and proposal reviews.


  • BS – Chemistry, Spring Hill College
  • AM – Physical Chemistry, Harvard University
  • PhD – Physical Chemistry, Harvard University

Selected Recent Publications

  • “Impact of Molecular Structure on Olefin Pyrolysis”, Kun Wang, Stephanie M. Villano, and Anthony M. Dean, Energy Fuels 31, 6515−6524 (2017)
  • “Experimental and Kinetic Modeling Study of Butene Isomer Pyrolysis: Part II. IsoButene”, Kun Wang, Stephanie M. Villano, and Anthony M. Dean, Combust Flame, 176 23–37 (2017).
  • “Investigation of Iso-octane Ignition and Validation of a Multi-zone Modeling Method in an Ignition Quality Tester (IQT)”, Eric Osecky, Gregory Bogin, Jr., Stephanie Villano, Matthew Ratcliff, Jon Juecke, Bradley Zigler, and Anthony Dean, Energy Fuels, 30, 9761–9771 (2016).
  •  “Impact of finite mixing on gas-phase partial oxidation for selective removal of deposit precursors from gasifier outlet streams”, Sunyoung Kim and Anthony M. Dean, Energy Fuels, 29, 6501–6511 (2015).
  • “Ab Initio Study of the Influence of Resonance Stabilization on Intramolecular Ring Closure Reactions of Hydrocarbon Radicals”, Kun Wang, Stephanie M. Villano, and Anthony M. Dean, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics 18, 8437 – 8452 (2016),
  • “Reactions of Allylic Radicals that Impact Molecular Weight Growth Kinetics”, Kun Wang, Stephanie M. Villano, and Anthony M. Dean, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 6255 – 6273 (2015). DOI:10.1039/c4cp05308g.
  • “A Comparison of H2S, SO2, and COS Poisoning on Ni/YSZ and Ni/K2O-CaAl2O4 During Methane Steam and Dry Reforming”, Whitney S. Jablonski, Stephanie M. Villano, Anthony M. Dean, Applied Catalysis A, General, 502, 399-409 (2015). DOI:10.1016/j.apcata.2015.06.009.
  • “Unravelling the impact of hydrocarbon structure on the fumarate addition mechanism – a gas-phase ab initio study”, Vivek S. Bharadwaj, Shubham Vyas, Stephanie M. Villano, C. Mark Maupin and Anthony M. Dean, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics, 17, 4054—4066 (2015). DOI:10.1039/c4cp04317k.

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  • Senior Vice President of Research and Tech Transfer 2015-2017
  • Dean of the College of Applied Science and Engineering 2013-2014
  • W. K. Coors Distinguished Professor 2000-2012
  • Senior Research Associate, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co. 1990-2000
  • Research Associate, Exxon Research and Engineering Co. 1982-1990
  • Senior Staff Chemist, Exxon Research and Engineering Co., 1979-1982
  • Associate Professor, Chemistry Dept., University of Missouri-Columbia 1975-1979
  • Associate Chairman, University of Missouri-Columbia 1977-1979
  • Assistant Professor, University of Missouri-Columbia 1970-1975