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Sengers, Jan V.

Sengers, Jan V.

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus
Research Professor
Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
2117 IPST Building


Ph.D., University of Amsterdam, 1962


  • Fellow, AAAS
  • Fellow, AIChE
  • Fellow, APS
  • Fellow, ASME
  • Fellow, IAPWS
  • Fellow, World Innovation Foundation
  • Fellow, International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Correspondent, Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • A. James Clark School of Engineering Faculty and Staff Outstanding Commitment Award
  • University of Maryland Distinguished International Service Award


  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • American Physical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Belgian Physical Society
  • Dutch Physical Society
  • European Physical Society
  • Golden Key National Honor Society
  • International Association for the Properties of Water and Steam
  • International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry
  • Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society
  • Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences
  • Sigma Xi
  • University of Maryland Link of the Order of the Engineer
  • World Innovation Foundation

Critical phenomena, thermophysical properties of fluids and fluid mixtures. Fluctuation phenomena in soft, condensed matter. 


  • Professor Sengers has authored or co-authored over 230 peer-reviewed articles. Please visit his web site for a complete list.
  • “Concentration fluctuations in non-isothermal reacting-diffusion systems II: The nonlinear case”,  D. Bedeaux, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, I. Pagonabarraga, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, J. Chem. Phys. 135, 124516 (2011)
  • “Hydrodynamic fluctuations in laminar fluid flow. I. Fluctuating Orr-Sommerfeld equation”, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate and J.V. Sengers, J. Stat. Phys. 144, pp. 774-792 (2011)
  • “Critical behavior of the dielectric constant in asymmetric fluids”, C.E. Bertrand, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, J. Phys. Chem. B 115, pp. 14000-14007 (2011)
  • “Nonisothermal diffusion-reaction with nonlinear Kramers kinetics”, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, D. Bedeaux, I. Pagonabarraga, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, Comptes Rendus Mecanique 339, pp. 287-291 (2011)
  • “Mesoscale inhomogeneities in aqueous solutions of 3-methylpyridine and tertiary butyl alcohol”, D. Subramanian, D.A. Ivanov, I.K. Yudin, M.A. Anisimov, and J.V. Sengers, J. Chem. Eng. Data 56, pp. 1238-1248 (2011)
  • “An isomorphic Peng-Robinson equation for phase-equilibria properties of hydrocarbon mixtures in the critical region”, Kh.S. Abdulkadirova, C.J. Peters, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, J.Supercritical Fluids 55, pp. 594-602 (2010)
  • “Mesoscopic non-equilibrium thermodynamics of non-isothermal reaction-diffusion”, D. Bedeaux, I. Pagonabarraga, J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, J.V. Sengers, and S. Kjelstrup, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 12, pp. 12780-12793 (2010).
  • “Asymmetric criticality in weakly compressible liquid mixtures”, G. Pérez-Sánchez, P. Losada-Pérez, C.A. Cerdeiriña, J.V. Sengers, and M.A. Anisimov, J. Chem. Phys. 132, 154502 (2010)
  •  “Velocity fluctuations in laminar fluid flow”, J.V. Sengers and J.M. Ortiz de Zárate, J. Non-Newtonian Fluid Mechanics 165, pp. 925-931 (2010).
  • “Experimental critical-exponent values for fluids”, J.V. Sengers and J.G. Shanks, J. Stat. Phys. 137, pp. 857-877 (2009)

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  • Corresponding Member, Royal Netherlands Academy of Science
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