Morton Denn

Morton Denn

Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering Emeritus


Levich Institute, Steinman Hall, #1M-18
City College of CUNY
140th Street and Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031
Phone: (212) 650-7444; Fax: (212) 650-6835

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  • B.S.E. Princeton University, 1961, Chemical Engineering
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1964, Chemical Engineering
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Delaware, 1964-65, Chemical Engineering


     City College of CUNY:

  • Albert Einstein Professor of Science and Engineering, January, 2001 – August 2014
  • Director, The Benjamin Levich Institute for Physico-Chemical Hydrodynamics, July 2000 – February, 2015
  • Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1999 – 2014
  • Professor of Physics, 2001 – 2014

University of California at Berkeley:

  • Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1981- 99; Chairman, Department of Chemical Engineering, 1991-94

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory:

  • Program Leader, Polymers and Composites, Center for Advanced Materials, 1983- 99
  • Head of Materials Chemistry, Materials Sciences Division, 1995 – 98

University of Delaware:

  • Assistant Professor to Professor of Chemical Engineering, 1965-77
  • Allan P. Colburn Professor, 1977-81

Visiting Positions:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Chem. Eng’g., Visiting Lecturer, 1978-85
  • Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Harry Pierce Professor, Sept., 1979 – Jan., 1980
  • California Institute of Technology, Chevron Energy Professor, February-July, 1980
  • University of Melbourne, Australia, Visiting Professor, January-June, 1985
  • Hebrew University, Israel, Forchheimer Visiting Professor, Sept., 1998 – Jan., 1999
  • Hebrew University, Israel, Lady Davis Visiting Professor, October, 2009-May, 2010
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Erasmus Mundus Scholar, Eurheo Program, May-June, 2011, 2014
  • University of Amsterdam, Institute of Physics, Visiting Scholar, annually, June, 2012-2019

Editorial Positions:

  • Editor, Journal of Rheology, 1995-2005
  • Editor, AIChE Journal, 1985-91; Consulting Editor, AIChE Journal, 1991- 95
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics, 1976-
  • Editorial Board, Advances in Chemical Engineering, 1984-85, 1992-2003
  • Editorial Board, Rheologica Acta, 1995-2005


  • Guggenheim Fellow, 1971-72
  • Professional Progress Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1977
  • Fulbright Lecturer, 1979-80
  • William H. Walker Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1984
  • Bingham Medal, Society of Rheology, 1986
  • National Academy of Engineering, elected 1986
  • Chemical Engineering Lectureship Award, American Soc. for Engineering Education, 1993
  • Warren K. Lewis Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1998
  • Institute Lecturer, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1999
  • D. Sc. (honorary), University of Minnesota, 2001
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected 2001
  • Distinguished Service Award, Society of Rheology, 2005
  • Founders Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2008
  • Lifetime Achievement Award in Chemical Engineering Pedagogy, American Society for Engineering Education, 2014
  • Publication Award (with R. Mari, R. Seto, and J. F. Morris), Society of Rheology, 2015



    • Optimization by Variational Methods, McGraw-Hill, 1969; reprint edition, Robert Krieger, 1978.
    • Introduction to Chemical Engineering Analysis (with T. W. F. Russell), Wiley, 1972; Spanish language edition, eds. Limusa, 1976.
    • Stability of Reaction and Transport Processes, Prentice-Hall, 1975.
    • Process Fluid Mechanics, Prentice-Hall, 1980.
    • Process Modeling, Longman/Wiley, 1986.
    • Polymer Melt Processing: Foundations in Fluid Mechanics and Heat Transfer, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2008.
    • Chemical Engineering: An Introduction, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2012

Edited Volumes:

    • Chemical Process Control (edited with A. S. Foss), AIChE Symposium Series, No. 159, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, New York, 1976.

Book Chapters:

    • Modeling for Process Control, in Advances in Control and Dynamic Systems, Vol. XV, C. T. Leondes, ed., Academic Press, 1979, p. 147
    • Fibre Spinning, in Computational Analysis of Polymer Processing, J. R. A. Pearson and S. Richardson, eds., Elsevier Applied Science Publ., 1983, p. 179
    • Coal Gasification Reactors (with R. Shinnar), in Chemical Reaction and Reactor Engineering, J. J. Carberry and A. Varma, eds., Marcel Dekker, 1986, p. 499
    • Processing, Modeling, in Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering, vol. 13, J. I. Kroschwitz, ed., Wiley, 1988, p. 425; abridged version printed in Concise Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering, J. I. Kroschwitz, ed., Wiley, 1990, p. 909
    • The Identity of our Profession, in C. W. Colton, ed., Perspectives in Chemical Engineering (Advances in Chemical Engineering, 16), Academic Press, NY, 1991, p. 565
    • Processing, Modeling, in Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Engineering, 3rd Ed., vol. 11, J. I. Kroschwitz, ed., Wiley, 2004, pp. 263-287.

Recent Policy Committee Reports:

    • Testing of Body Armor Materials: Phase III (with the Board on Army Science and Technology Committee on Testing of Body Armor Materials for the U. S. Army – Phase III, L. G. Lehowicz, Chair), National Academy Press, 2012. ISBN-13: 978-309-25599-8

Recent Papers:

    • LAOS: The strain softening/strain hardening paradox (with M. R. B. Mermet-Guyennet, J. Gianfelice de Castro, M. Habibi, N. Martzel, and D. Bonn), J. Rheology59, 21-32 (2015).
    • Nonmonotonic flow curves of shear thickening suspensions (with R. Mari, R. Seto, and J. F. Morris), Phys. Rev. E91, 052302 (2015).
    • Local rheology of suspensions and dry granular materials (with H. de Cagny, A. Fall, and D. Bonn), J. Rheology59, 957-969 (2015).
    • Size-dependent reinforcement of composite rubbers (with M.R.B. Mermet-Guyennet, J. Gianfelice de Castro, H.S. Varol, M. Habibi, B. Hosseinkhani, N. Martzel, R. Sprik, A. Zaccone, S.H. Parekh, and D. Bonn), Polymer73, 170-173  (2015)
    • Discontinuous shear thickening in Brownian suspensions by dynamic simulation (with R. Mari, R. Seto, and J. F. Morris), Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA112, 15326-15330 (2015)
    • Shear and normal stress measurements in non-Brownian monodisperse and bidisperse suspensions (with C. Gamonpilas and J. F. Morris), J. Rheology60, 289-296 (2016); Errata, 62, 665-667 (2018).
    • Normal stress measurement in foams and emulsions in the presence of slip (with M. Habibi, M. Dinkgreve, J. Paredes, and D. Bonn), J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech238, 33-43 (2016).
    • On different ways of measuring “the” yield stress (with M. Dinkgreve, J. Parades, and D. Bonn), J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mech238, 233-241 (2016).
    • Yield stress materials in soft condensed matter (with Daniel Bonn, Ludovic Berthier, Thibaut Divoux, and Sébastien Manneville), Reviews of Modern Physics89, 035005 (2017).
    • “Everything flows?” Elastic effects on start-up flows of yield stress fluids (with M. Dinkgreve and D. Bonn), Rheologica Acta, 56, 189-194 (2017).
    • Dependence of nonlinear elasticity on filler size in composite polymer systems (with M. R. B. Mermet-Guyennet, M..Dinkgreve, M. Habibi, N. Martzel, R. Sprikand D.Bonn), Rheologica Acta, 56, 583-589 (2017)
    • Shear thickening in concentrated suspensions of smooth spheres in Newtonian suspending fluids (with J. F. Morris and D. Bonn), Soft Matter14, 170 – 184 (2018).
    • A constitutive model for simple shear of dense frictional suspensions (with A. Singh, R. Mari, and J. F. Morris), J. Rheology62, 457-468 (2018)
    • Carbopol: From a simple to a thixotropic yield stress (with M. Dinkgreve, M. Fazilati, and D. Bonn) J. Rheology62, 773-780 (2018)
    • hat Determines the Drop Size in Sprays? (with S. Kooij, R. Skis, E. Villermaux, and D. Bonn), Phys. Rev. X8, 031019 (2018)
    • The yield normal stress (with Henri de Cagny, Mina Fazilati, Mehdi Habibi, and Daniel Bonn), J. Rheology63, 285-290 (2019)
    • From Yielding to Shear Jamming in a Cohesive Frictional Suspension (with Abhihendra Singh, Sidhant Pednekar, Jaehun Chun, and Jeffrey F. Morris), Phys. Rev. Letters122, 098004 (2019)