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John Kramlich

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Mechanical Engineering

Associate Chair for Academics, Mechanical Engineering

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  • MEB 319


John Kramlich received his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and his graduate degrees in Environmental and Mechanical Engineering, focusing on the chemical kinetics occurring during energy transformation processes. Following completion of his graduate work in 1980, he joined Energy and Environmental Research Corporation (currently a General Electric subsidiary) in Irvine, California, where he eventually became Vice President for Process Research. During that time, he was involved in basic contract research directed at the development of pollution reduction techniques for large-scale energy systems. He also worked on a number of consulting projects involving energy systems at power plants, oil refineries, and biomass conversion facilities. He joined the UW Department of Mechanical Engineering in 1991. He has been the department’s Associate Chair for Academics since 2002 and served as acting department chair in 2015.


  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Washington State University, 1980
  • M.S. Environmental Engineering, Washington State University, 1975
  • B.S. Chemical Engineering, Washington State University, 1973

Research Statement

Prof. Kramlich’s two current research interests are:

  1. Development of clean residential cookstoves for the developing world, in conjunction with Prof. Jonathan Posner. In conjunction with Burn Design Laboratories the UW team has developed the Kunoikoa, a wood-burning stove that is focused on the rural East Africa market whose goal is both reduced emissions and reduced fuel consumption. This stove is presently manufactured in Kenya. This work has been supported by the US Department of Energy and by Global Good (see papers 1 and 7 below).
  2. The use of supercritical fluids for synthesis, hazardous materials neutralization, and energy conversion, in conjunction with Prof. Igor Novosselov. This chemistry-intensive work focuses on developing a portable system to neutralize nerve agent stockpiles in the field. Out of this has grown fundamental work on characterizing chemical kinetics in the supercritical environment (papers 6, 8-10 below), as well as work on synthesizing advanced reactive materials (paper 11 below). This work has primarily been funded by the US Department of Defense, Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

Select publications

  1. SULLIVAN, B., G. ALLAWATT, A. EMERY, P. MEANS, J. KRAMLICH, J. POSNER: Time-resolved particulate emissions monitoring of cookstove biomass combustion using a tapered element oscillating microbalance. Combustion Science and Technology 189, 923-936 (2017).
  2. PIRES, A. P., Y. HAN, J. KRAMLICH, M. GARCIA PEREZ: Chemical composition and fuel properties of alternative jet fuels. BioResources 13(2), 2632-2657 (2018).
  3. PINKARD, B. R., D. J. GORMAN, K. TIWARI, J. C. KRAMLICH, P. G. REINHALL, I. V. NOVOSSELOV: Review of Gasification of Organic Compounds in Continuous-Flow, Supercritical Water Reactors. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 57(10), 3471-3481 (2018).
  4. PAN, J., Z. SHU, G. ZHAO, W. DING, S. REN, P. K. SEKAR, J. PENG, J. KRAMLICH, M. CHEN, AND D. GAO: Towards uniform and fast rewarming for cryopreservation with electromagnetic resonance cavity: Numerical simulation and experimental investigation, Applied Thermal Engineering 140(25), 787-798 (2018).
  5. PINKARD, B. R., D. J. GORMAN, K. TIWARI, D. J., E. G. RASMUSSEN, J. C. KRAMLICH, P. G. REINHALL, I. V. NOVOSSELOV: Supercritical water gasificaton: Practical design strategies and operational challenges for Lab-scale, continuous flow reactors. Heliyon 5(2), e01269 (2019).
  6. PINKARD, B.R., D. J. GORMAN, E. G. RASMUSSEN, J. C. KRAMLICH, P. G. REINHALL, AND I. V. NOVOSSELOV: Kinetics of formic acid decomposition in subcritical and supercritical water – a Raman spectroscopic study. International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 44(60), 31745-31756 (2019).
  7. PUNDLE, A., B. SULLIVAN, P. MEANS, J. D. POSNER, AND J. C. KRAMLICH: Predicting and analyzing the performance of biomass-burning natural draft rocket cookstoves using computation al fluid dynamics. Biomass and Bioenergy 131, 105402 (2019).
  8. PINKARD, B.R., J. C. KRAMLICH, AND I. V. NOVOSSELOV: Gasification pathways and reaction mechanisms of primary alcohols in supercritical water. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 8(11), 4598-4605 (2020)
  9. PINKARD, B.R., D. J. GORMAN, E. G. RASMUSSEN, V. MAHESHWARI, J. C. KRAMLICH, P. G. REINHALL, AND I. V. NOVOSSELOV: Raman spectroscopic data from formic acid decomposition in subcritical and supercritical water. Data in Brief 29, 105312 (2020).
  10. PINKARD, B.R., P. PUROHIT, M. STUART, J. C. KRAMLICH, P. G. REINHALL, AND I. V. NOVOSSELOV: Partial oxidation of ethanol in supercritical water. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research 59(21), 9900-9911 (2020).
  11. RASMUSSEN, E. G., J. C. KRAMLICH, AND I. V. NOVOSSELOV: Scalable continuous flow metal-organic framework (MOF) synthesis using supercritical CO2. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering 8(26), 9680-9689 (2020).