Richard Turton is the WVU Bolton Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and has been a member of the faculty of the since 1986. He has authored or co-authored over 80 peer-reviewed articles, many in the area of process simulation of power plants and powder technology. He has presented or co-presented over 100 conference papers and in the last 5 years the majority of these presentations have been in the field of process simulation, control, and optimization of power generation plants. He is the lead author of two textbooks: Analysis, Synthesis and Design of Chemical Processes, R. Turton, R. C. Bailie, W. B. Whiting, J.A. Shaeiwitz, and D. Bhattacharyya, Prentice-Hall, 4th edition, April 2012 and Chemical Process Equipment Design, R. Turton and J.A. Shaeiwitz, Prentice-Hall, Jan 2017. He has also coauthored 5 book chapters. He is a past chair of the University Faculty Senate and currently is a member of the WVU Board of Governors.
After completing his MS degree at Oregon State University, Turton was a process engineer at M.W. Kellogg Company in London, England and at Fluor E&C Corporation in Irvine, California. He worked on feasibility and detailed engineering projects in the Oil, Petrochemicals, and Syn-Fuels areas. He joined WVU immediately after completing his doctoral degree from Oregon State University. His research at WVU has spanned a variety of topics:
Powder and particle technology, specializing in coating uniformity of pharmaceutical products
Simulation, control, and optimization of chemical processes with emphasis in energy production with and without carbon capture.
P.E. State of West Virginia
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis M.S., Chemical Engineering, Oregon State University, Corvallis B.S., Chemical Engineering, Nottingham University, Nottingham, England