Jeffrey Potoff

Jeffrey Potoff

Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs; Professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

5050 Anthony Wayne Dr
Room 1111

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Jeffrey Potoff


Department of Chemical Engineering, Wayne State University

  • Professor                      2014-present
  • Associate Professor     2007-2014
  • Assistant Professor      2001-2007


Post-Doctoral, Chemistry, University of Minnesota (advisor: J. Ilja Siepmann), 2000

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University (advisor: Athanassios Z. Panagiotopoulos), 1999

B.Sc, Chemical Engineering, Michigan State University, 1994

Courses Taught

  • ChE 2800 - Material and Energy Balances
  • ChE 3220 - Measurements Laboratory
  • ChE 3300 - Thermodynamics
  • ChE 3400 - Kinetics and Reactor Design
  • ChE 3820 - Unit Operations Laboratory
  • ChE 7300 - Advanced Thermodynamics
  • BE 1100 - Introduction to Engineering
  • BE 1300/1310 - Science of Engineering Materials
  • BE 2550/3040 - Numerical Methods and Programming

Research Interests

Our research group focuses on the application of computer simulation at various length scales (sub-atomic, atomic, and mesoscale) to the following areas:

  • Force field development for complex fluids.
  • Vapor-liquid, solid-liquid equilibria and critical phenomena.
  • Prediction of environmental impact of energetic materials and chemical warfare agents.
  • Mechanisms of membrane fusion.
  • Novel materials development.


Selected recent publications (44 total).

  1. Mohammad Soroush Barhaghi, Korosh Torabi, Younes Nejahi, Loren Schwiebert, and Jeffrey J. Potoff, “Molecular Exchange Monte Carlo. A generalized method for identity exchanges in grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations,” J. Chem. Phys. 149, 072318 (2018). [invited paper].
  2. Jason R. Mick, Mohammad Soroush Barhaghi, Brock Jackman, Loren Schwiebert, and Jeffrey J. Potoff*, “Optimized Mie Potentials for Phase Equilibria: Application to Branched Alkanes,” J. Chem. Eng. Data. 62, 1806-1818 (2017).
  3. Mohammad Soroush Barhaghi, Jason R. Mick and Jeffrey J. Potoff*, “Optimized Mie Potentials for Phase Equilibria: Application to Alkynes,” Molec. Phys. (2017), 1-11, [invited paper] DOI: 10.1080/00268976.2017.1297862.
  4. Yuanzhe Li, Loren Schwiebert, Eyad Hailat, Jason Mick, and Jeffrey Potoff*, “Improving performance of GPU code using novel features of the NVIDIA kepler architecture,” Concurrency and Computation Practice and Experience, 28, 3586-3605 (2016) doi: 10.1002/cpe.3744.
  5. Jason R. Mick, Mohammad Soroush Barhaghi, and Jeffrey J. Potoff*, “Prediction of radon-222 phase behavior from Monte Carlo simulation,” J. Chem. Eng. Data 61, 1625-1631 (2016)


Awards and Honors

  • President's Award for Excellence in Teaching: 2014
  • Detroit AICHE section, Chemical Engineer of the Year: 2008
  • College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award: 2003-2004
  • Engineering Student Faculty Board, Outstanding Faculty Service: 2002, 2003, 2004
  • Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Research Scholar: 2000