Tomadakis, Manolis

Professor and Department Head
Chemical Engineering

Educational Background

Diploma, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 1988

M.S., University of Rochester, 1990

Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1993

Professional Experience

2010- present: Dept. Head, Chemical Engineering, Florida Tech

2011- present: Professor, Chemical Engineering, Florida Tech

1999-2011: Assoc. Professor, Chemical Engineering, Florida Tech

1993-1999: Assist. Professor, Chemical Engineering, Florida Tech

Dr. Tomadakis has been on the Florida Tech Chemical Engineering faculty since 1993. He has been teaching courses in Fluids, Heat and Mass Transfer, and Separation Processes, at the undergraduate and graduate level. He is a Professional Engineer registered with the Technical Chamber of Greece (TEE) since 1988, a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) since 1990, an officer of the East Central Florida Professional Section of the AIChE since 1995, and a member of the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) since 2004. He has been the Advisor of the Florida Tech Student Chapter of the AIChE (1996-2000) and a member of the AIChE National Student Chapter Committee (1997-2000). He served on the Organizing Committees of the International Conference on Porous Media (2007, 2010) and the AIChE Southern Regional Conference (2003), and chaired sessions in these and other technical conferences. 

Dr. Tomadakis has earned the Future Educators of America Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000, the Florida Tech Most Valuable Panther (MVP) Award in 1998, the Florida Tech Service Excellence Award in 1998, the Florida Tech Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award in 1998, the College of Engineering Student Elected Teacher of the Year Award in 1998, and the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award in 1996. He served as the Grand Marshall at the Florida Tech Spring Commencement Ceremonies in 1999.

Dr. Tomadakis has authored a number of technical publications that have earned more than 800 citations by other authors, in over 450 journal articles reporting research conducted in more than 300 institutions in 36 countries around the world.

Current Research

Numerical investigation of the mass and energy transport characteristics of fibrous media with primary applications in advanced materials processing, fuel cell technology, and biomedical engineering

Mathematical modeling of transport and reaction in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

Biogas separation through pressure-swing adsorption in molecular sieves

Selected Publications

Tomadakis, M.M., Heck, H.H., Jubran, M.E., and Al-Harthi, K., Pressure Swing Adsorption Separation of H2S from CO2 with Molecular Sieves 4A, 5A, and 13X, Separations Science and Technology, 46, 428-433, 2011.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Mitra, K., Transport through Core-Shell Fibrous Biomaterials and Biological Systems, Invited Paper, 3rd Intl. Conf. on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry, Kambiz Vafai, Editor, AIP Conference Proceedings, Vol. 1254, pp. 181-186, 2010.

Milano, N. and Tomadakis, M.M., Transport Properties of Fuel Cell Gas Diffusion Media, 3rd Intl. Conf. on Porous Media and its Applications in Science, Engineering and Industry, Conference Proceedings, 2010.

Tomadakis, M.M., Transport through Partly Saturated Beds of Fully wetted Hydrophilic Fibers, Proceedings of the 2009 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2009.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Fuselier, K., Gas Diffusion Layer Fiber Size Distribution and Diffusion Regime Effects on PEM Fuel Cell Performance, Proceedings of the 2009 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Tampa, FL, 2009.

Tomadakis, M.M., Introducing Dimensionless Parameters into the Correlation of NMR Relaxation Time to Transport Properties of Porous Media, Concepts in Magnetic Resonance Part A, 30A, 154-164, 2007.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Rupani, D., Diffusion Controlled Reaction Rate, Survival Probability, and Molecular Trajectory Characteristics in the Bulk, Transition and Knudsen Regime, Chem. Eng. J., 128, 1-10, 2007.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Pentas, K., Prediction of Gas Diffusion Layer Transport Properties and Their Effect on the Performance of PEM Fuel Cells, Proceedings of the 2006 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2006.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Robertson, T. J., Survival and Relaxation Time, Pore Size Distribution Moments, and Viscous Permeability in Random Nonoverlapping and Partially Overlapping Fiber Structures, J. Chem. Phys., 122, 579-588, 2005.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Robertson, T. J., The Viscous Permeability of Random Fiber Structures: Comparison of Electrical and Diffusional Estimates with Experimental and Analytical Results, J. Composite Materials, 39, 163-187, 2005.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Heck, H.H., Utilization of Landfill Gas towards High-BTU Methane and Low-Cost Hydrogen Fuel Production, Florida Center for Solid and Hazardous Waste Management, on-line publication, 2004. http://www.hinkleycenter.com/publications.htm

Tomadakis, M.M., Heck, H.H., Jubran, M.E., and Al-Harthi, K., Utilizing Phosphogypsum Waste towards Hydrogen Fuel Production by Pressure Swing Adsorption Separation of a Biodegradation Gas Product, 2004 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Conference Proceeedings, 2714-2722, 2004.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Robertson, T. J., NMR Relaxation Time in Random and Ordered Arrays of Fibers and its Correlation with Transport Properties, 2004 AIChE Spring National Meeting, Conference Proceedings, 2502-2510, 2004.

Tomadakis, M.M. and Robertson, T. J., Pore Size Distribution, Survival Probability, and Relaxation Time in Random and Ordered Arrays of Fibers, J. Chem. Phys., 119, 1741-1749, 2003.

SELECTED EARLIER WORKS

Tomadakis, M.M. and S.V. Sotirchos. 1996. Transport through Random Arrays of Conductive Cylinders Dispersed in a Conductive Matrix, J. Chem. Phys. 104:6893-6900.

Tomadakis, M.M. and S.V. Sotirchos. 1993. Ordinary and Transition Regime Diffusion in Random Fiber Structures, AIChE J. 39:397-412.

Sotirchos, S.V. and M.M. Tomadakis. 1990. Modeling Transport, Reaction and Pore Structure Evolution during Densification of Cellular or Fibrous Preforms, Chemical Vapor Deposition of Refractory Metals and Ceramics, Materials Research Society
168:73-78.