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Professor, Engineering
Contact Info

  • Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2004
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute in 1998
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University in 1996
Specializations and Research Interests

Professional Chemical Engineer (Kentucky License# 27062), Green Engineering, Green Separations for Energy Intensive Processes, Ionic Liquid Separation Systems, Renewable Bioenergy Systems, Carbon Capture/Recycling using Microalgae, Utilization of Lignin from Lignocellulosic Biomass, Brewery and Distillery Process Engineering


Professor Morton joined the JMU Department of Engineering in August of 2012. Prior to joining the faculty of engineering, he was a Senior Research Engineer at the Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) at the University of Kentucky where he worked on a range of bio-energy research and development projects.   Prior to joining CAER Morton was an Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lafayette College, an undergraduate exclusive college in Easton, PA.  His areas of teaching and research interests at Lafayette College were focused on the fundamentals of chemical engineering, process design and development, green engineering, and green separations.

Morton earned his PhD in Chemical Engineer at the University of Tennessee, where he worked on developing a thermodynamic model for the removal of hydrocarbon contaminants from solid surfaces with a focus on reducing the environmental impacts of traditional processes. His MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee Space Institute was focused on determining the fate of select sulfur compounds in a novel high-temperature coal furnace.  In the years between graduate school, Morton was a Senior Process & Controls Engineering for Bechtel Savannah River Inc., at the Department of Energy’s Savanah River Site in Aiken, SC.

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