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Monty Alger



  • Chemical Engineering

305 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building


Research Areas:

Energy and Environment

Interest Areas:

Process design and development, technology commercialization, process improvement.




  • BS, Chemical Engineering, MIT, 1978
  • MS, Chemical Engineering Practice, MIT, 1978
  • Ph D, Chemical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1982



  • National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,, Carly Parnitzke Smith and others, 2016, The Changing Landscape of Hydrocarbon Feedstocks for Chemical Production: Implications for Catalysis: Proceedings of a Workshop, National Academies Press

Journal Articles

  • Montgomery Alger, John Jordan and Darrell Velegol, 2019, "Digitally Coupled Learning and Innovation Processes", Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 58, (50), pp. 22445-22455
  • Bruno A. Calfa, William F. Banholzer, Montgomery Alger and Michael F. Doherty, 2017, "Web-based simulation games for the integration of engineering and business fundamentals", Chemical Engineering Education, 51, (2), pp. 88-93
  • Montgomery Alger, 2016, "Future Energy System Transformation", AIChE
  • Wayne J Howell, Montgomery Alger and Charles A Eckert, 1993, "Application of the LCPT model to solid-liquid equilibria for binary compound-forming alloys", AIChE journal, 39, (9), pp. 1519--1526
  • Ruth E Baltus, Montgomery Alger and Thomas J Stanley, 1993, "Solubility and diffusivity of cyclic oligomers in poly (dimethylsiloxane) using capillary column inverse gas chromatography", Macromolecules, 26, (21), pp. 5651--5656
  • Michael Markelov, Montgomery Alger, Tim D Lickly and Edward M Rosen, 1992, "Migration studies of acrylonitrile from commercial copolymers", Industrial \& engineering chemistry research, 31, (9), pp. 2140--2146
  • WJ Ward, GL Gaines, Jr, Montgomery Alger and TJ Stanley, 1991, "Gas barrier improvement using vermiculite and mica in polymer films", Journal of membrane science, 55, (1-2), pp. 173--180
  • WJ Ward, GL Gaines, Montgomery Alger and others, 1991, "PMMA/graphite nanosheets composite and its conducting properties", Membrane Sci, 55, pp. 173--178
  • Montgomery Alger, William J Ward and Thomas J Stanley, 1989, "14CO2 and CO2 Transport in polycarbonate: Measurement of the time lag and permeability", Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, 27, (1), pp. 97--113
  • Montgomery Alger, TJ Stanley and J Day, 1989, "Gas transport in multilayer packaging structures", Polymer Engineering \& Science, 29, (10), pp. 639--644
  • Montgomery Alger and TJ Stanley, 1989, "Measurement of transport parameters in polymer films: Flux overshoot produced by a step change in temperature", Journal of membrane science, 40, (1), pp. 87--99
  • Thomas J Stanley, William J Ward, III and Montgomery Alger, 1989, "Methylene chloride permeation in polycarbonate using a carbon-14 tracer", Industrial \& engineering chemistry research, 28, (10), pp. 1494--1497
  • Montgomery Alger, Tom Stanley and Jill Cyr, 1989, "Retortable food containers containing a water-sensitive oxygen barrier", American Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry, 30, (1), pp. 24--25
  • Montgomery Alger and TJ Stanley, 1988, "Measurement of oxygen transport parameters in polymer films initially saturated with air", Journal of applied polymer science, 36, (6), pp. 1501--1511
  • Montgomery Alger and William J Ward, 1987, "Measurement of Co2 Permeability in Polymer Films", Journal of Plastic Film \& Sheeting, 3, (1), pp. 33--40
  • Montgomery Alger, 1986, "ASSOCIATED SOLUTION MODEL FOR COMPOUND-FORMING LIQUID METAL MIXTURES.", Zeitschrift fuer Metallkunde/Materials Research and Advanced Techniques, 77, (2), pp. 72--79
  • Montgomery Alger and Charles A Eckert, 1986, "Simplified chemical-physical theory for liquid metal solutions—I. Temperature dependence of the gibbs energy", Chemical engineering science, 41, (11), pp. 2829--2837
  • Montgomery Alger and Charles A Eckert, 1986, "Thermodynamics of highly solvated ternary liquid metal solutions", Industrial \& engineering chemistry fundamentals, 25, (3), pp. 416--421
  • Montgomery Alger and Charles A Eckert, 1984, "CHEMICAL THEORY FOR THE THERMODYNAMICS OF LIQUID METAL SOLUTIONS.", High temperature science, 19, (3), pp. 253--266
  • Montgomery Alger and Charles A Eckert, 1983, "Thermodynamics of highly solvated liquid metal solutions", Industrial \& Engineering Chemistry Fundamentals, 22, (2), pp. 249--258

Conference Proceedings

  • Montgomery Alger, 2019, "Building Digitally Coupled Learning and Innovation Processes"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2019, "MIT Chemical Engineering Practice School Experiences and Future Possibilities"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2018, "Connecting the Dots -- Examples from Past and Present"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2017, "Building an integrated university/workplace education model", 254
  • Montgomery Alger, V Mehtar, Kulkarni, A, Yao and W., 2017, "Innovation for Chemical Engineering Changes and New Opportunities"
  • Kalyanaraman Venugopal, Paula Kelly, Abul Jamaluddin, Charles McConnell, Montgomery Alger, Eugene Morgan, Rui Ni, Ronald Dunn and Giovani Grasselli, 2016, "The petrochallenge - An innovative E&P learning experience using an interactive learning simulation", 2016-January
  • Kalyanaraman Venugopal, Paula Kelly, Abul Jamaluddin, Charles McConnell, Montgomery Alger, Eugene Morgan, Rui Ni, Ronald Dunn, Giovani Grasselli and others, 2016, "The PetroChallenge--An Innovative E\&P Learning Experience Using an Interactive Learning Simulation"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2015, "R\&D Management Science -- Lessons Learned and Future Opportunities"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2014, "Business leaders guide to R\&D", 247
  • Montgomery Alger and Penn State, 2014, "Alternative natural gas applications workshop: Creating a prosperous demand market", pp. 10-22
  • Scott Siegmund and Montgomery Alger, 2012, "Developing and adapting novel ideas for plant upgrades", pp. 100--116
  • Montgomery Alger, 2011, "Changing How we Learn, Apply and Educate the Workforce for the 21st Century"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2011, "New Product Development and Innovation, Lessons Learned"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2011, "Sustainability and Chemical Engineering"
  • Montgomery Alger, 2010, "Growth Through Innovation"
  • Michael F Doherty, Michael F Malone, Robert S Huss, Montgomery Alger and Brian A Watson, 2000, "Decision-Making by Design: Experience with Computer-Aided Active Learning", pp. 163--175
  • Montgomery Alger, STANLEY TJ and J Day, 1990, "Barrier polymers and structures", 203


  • Montgomery Alger, Robert Hossan, Torben P Kempers, Geoffrey H Riding, David J Swanson and Michael L Todt, 2014, "Method of making poly (arylene ether) compositions"
  • Montgomery Alger, Robert Hossan, Torben P Kempers, Geoffrey H Riding, David J Swanson and Michael L Todt, 2009, "Method of making poly (arylene ether) compositions"
  • Joseph C Golba, Jr, Montgomery Meigs, Kenneth G Powell and Sterling B Brown, 1991, "Extruder isolation of polymers from solution"
  • Montgomery Alger, 1982, "The thermodynamics of highly solvated liquid metal solutions"
  • Montgomery Alger, OK Chow and MZ Khan, 1978, "Surface properties and reactions of coal"

Research Projects

Honors and Awards

  • National Academy of Engineering, National Academy of Engineering, February 2010


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, Member, Chemical Engineering in the 21st Century, National Academies Study, February 2020 - June 2021
  • Service to Public and Private Organizations, President, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, January 2019 - December 2021



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