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James P. Olivier, Ph. D.

Senior Staff Scientist

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A native of New Hampshire, Dr. Olivier received both his B. S. and M. S. degrees in physical chemistry from the University of New Hampshire. He finished his Ph.D. studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, N. Y., in 1958, majoring in Colloid Science under Dr. Sydney Ross. This was followed by two years of postdoctoral research at Rensselaer. With Ross, he co-authored several papers on the theory of physical adsorption as well as the book "On Physical Adsorption," published by Wiley-Interscience in 1964.

In 1978, after nearly twenty years in first the kaolin industry and later the paper and coatings industry, Dr. Olivier joined Micromeritics Instrument Corporation as Research Director for Particle Technology Instruments. He later became Vice President of Technology for Micromeritics with responsibility for the development, engineering, and quality control of particle technology instrumentation and software

In 1985, he became Chairman of Universal Microsystems, Inc., a software engineering and systems consulting firm that he co-founded. He remained a consultant to Micromeritics in the development of particle technology instrumentation and data reduction methods for gas adsorption. Dr. Olivier rejoined Micromeritics in 1990 as Senior Staff Scientist

Dr. Olivier holds over sixteen significant patents in minerals beneficiation and particle measurement techniques by sedimentation and light scattering including the pioneering SediGraph® particle size analyzer and Saturn Digisizer®. He has published extensively on topics in physical adsorption, as well as colloidal dispersions and electrokinetic effects, and particle size and shape relationships.

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A Partial List of Archival Publications

 

J. P. Olivier and Sydney Ross

Physical Adsorption. XI. Preliminary characterization of solid surfaces from adsorption isotherms.

Proceedings of the Second International Congress on Surface Activity, London, 1957 , 2, p46-53.

 

Sydney Ross and J. P. Olivier

A new method for the determination of critical micelle concentrations of un-ionized association colloids in aqueous or in nonaqueous solution.

J. Phys. Chem. 63, 1671(1959).

 

Sydney Ross and J. P. Olivier

Physical Adsorption. XII. The adsorption isotherm and the adsorptive energy distribution of solids.

J. Phys. Chem. 65 , 608(1961).

 

James P. Olivier

Dissertation: The adsorption isotherm and the adsorptive energy distribution of solids

Univ. Microfilms , Mic60-2691. Dissertation Abstr. 21 , 3648(1961).

 

Sydney Ross and J. P. Olivier

Evidence for electronic interaction between iodine and a solid surface.

J. Phys. Chem. 65 , 1664(1961).

 

Sydney Ross and J. P. Olivier

Physical Adsorption. XIII. The adsorption potentials and vibrations of inert gases on graphite.

Advances in Chemistry Series (Robert F. Gould, editor, American Chem. Soc.) 1961, 301.

 

Sydney Ross and  J. P. Olivier

Physical Adsorption. XIV. The nature of the adsorptive forces between the inert gases and a graphite surface.

Advances in Chemistry Series (Robert F. Gould, editor, American Chem. Soc.) 1961,309.

 

Sydney Ross, J. P. Olivier and J. J. Hinchen

Physical Adsorption. XV. Evidence of marked asymmetry in the distribution of adsorptive potentials of certain solid surfaces.

Advances in Chemistry Series (Robert F. Gould, editor, American Chem. Soc.) 1961, 317.

 

James P. Olivier and S. Ross

Physical Adsorption. XVI. The physical interaction of H2, D2, CH4 and CD4 with graphite.

Proceedings of the Royal Society ( London ) A 265 , 447(1962).

 

Sydney Ross, J. K. Saelens and J. P. Olivier

Physical Adsorption. XVIII. Limiting isosteric heats of adsorption of gases on graphitized carbon by the chromatographic method.

J. Phys. Chem. 66 , 696(1962).

 

Sydney Ross and James P. Olivier

On Physical Adsorption , (Interscience/Wiley, New York, 1964) 401 pp.

Paul Sennett and J. P. Olivier

Colloidal Dispersions, Electrokinetic Effects, and the Concept of Zeta Potential.

Ind. Eng. Chem. 57 (8), 32(1965)

 

James P. Olivier and P. Sennett

Electrokinetic effects in kaolin-water systems. I. Measurement of electrophoretic mobility.

Clays and Clay Minerals, 15 , 345(1967).

 

Paul Sennett, J. P. Olivier and H. H. Morris

Electrokinetic effects in paper coating colors.

Tappi, 52 , 1153(1969).

 

James P. Olivier, G. K. Hicken and C. Orr

Rapid automatic particle size analysis in the subsieve range.

Powder Technology 4 , 257(1971)

 

James P. Olivier and P. Sennett

Particle size-shape relationships in Georgia sedimentary kaolins.

Clays and Clay Minerals, 21 , 403(1971).

 

Paul Sennett, J. P. Olivier and G. K. Hicken

Application of rapid, automatic particle size analysis to the paper industry.

Tappi , 57, 92(1974).

 

James P. Olivier and C. E. Brown

Measurement of particle size distribution of polymer latexes using an integrated hydrodynamic chromatograph.

Abstracts of Papers of the American Chemical Society, 1981, V181, Mar., P31- MACR .

 

Anthony W. Thornton, J. P. Olivier, C. G. Smart and L. B. Gilman

Particle size distribution analysis of colloidal latices using hydrodynamic chromatography.

ACS Symposium Series 332 , 256(1987)

 

Paul A. Webb, J. P. Olivier and W. B. Conklin

A model of the physical adsorption isotherm.

American Laboratory 26, 38(1994).

 

James P. Olivier, W. B. Conklin and M. von Szombathely

Determination of pore size distribution from density functional theory: A comparison of nitrogen and argon results.

Characterization of Porous Solids III (COPS III , 1993) in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis 87, Elsevier,1994, p81

 

James P. Olivier

Comparison of density functional theory with experimental isotherms on a nonporous graphite.

Proceedings of International Conference on Carbon , Carbon '94, Grenada , Spain (1994)

 

James P. Olivier

Modeling physical adsorption on porous and nonporous solids using density functional theory.

Journal of Porous Materials 2 , 9(1995).

 

Jerzy Choma, M. Jaroniec and J. P. Olivier

Porownawcze badania adsorpcyjnych metod wyznaczania funkcji rozkladu porow wegli aktywnych .

Published in: Przem. Chem. (Chemical Industry) (1995).

 

James P. Olivier

The determination of surface energetic heterogeneity using model isotherms calculated by density functional theory.

Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption, ( M. D. LeVan, ed.), Kluwer Academic Press, London ,(1995).

 

James P. Olivier

An investigation of the reliability of adsorption measurements in the ultra low pressure region.

Proceedings of 22nd Biennial Conference on Carbon , Carbon '95, San Diego , CA (1995)

 

James P. Olivier

Some effects of analysis conditions on the observed adsorption isotherms of nitrogen and argon on a microporous carbon and its derived micropore distribution.

Proceedings of International Conference on Carbon , Carbon '96, Newcastle , UK (1996)

 

James P. Olivier

Calculating the size distribution of pore volume and area from adsorption isotherms:

a comparison of classical and density functional methods.

A presentation at Coal Structure ‘96,   Zakopane , Poland , 1996

 

James P. Olivier

Improved models for calculating the size distribution of micropore volume from adsorption data.

Proceedings of 23nd Biennial Conference on Carbon , Carbon '97, Pennsylvania State College , PA (1997)

 

Mietek Jaroniec, J. P. Olivier

Fractal analysis of composite adsorption isotherms obtained by using density functional theory data for argon in slitlike pores.

Langmuir; 1997 ; 13(5); 1031-1035. 

 

M. W. Maddox, J. P. Olivier, and K. E. Gubbins

Characterization of MCM -41 using molecular simulation: Heterogeneity effects.

Langmuir ; 1997; 13(6); 1737-1745.

 

James P. Olivier

Comparison of the experimental isosteric heats of adsorption of argon on non-porous carbons with density functional theory calculations.

Proceedings of the International Conference on Carbon , Eurocarbon '98, Strasbourg France , (1998)

   

 

James P. Olivier

Improving the models used for calculating the size distribution of micropore volume of activated carbons from adsorption data.

Carbon , Vol. 36, 10, 1998, 1469-1472.

 

James. P. Olivier

Possible origins for high adsorptive potential regions for nitrogen adsorbed on oxide surfaces.

Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Fundamentals of Adsorption , Presqu’ile de Giens , France ,1998 (M. D. LeVan, ed.), Kluwer Academic press, Boston , 1999, p.699.

 

James P. Olivier

Thermodynamic properties of confined fluids: I. Experimental measurements of krypton adsorbed by mesoporous silica from 80K to 130K.

2nd Pacific Basin Conference on Physical Adsorption 1999, Brisbane , Australia

 

James P. Olivier

Comparison of the experimental isosteric heat of adsorption of argon on mesoporous silica with density functional theory calculations.

Fifth International Symposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids , COPS V, Heidelburg, 1999, In Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis 128, (K. K. Unger et al., Eds.), Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2000

 

M. Jaroniec, M. Kruk, J. P. Olivier and S. Koch

A new method for the accurate pore size analysis of MCM -41 and other silica based mesoporous materials.

Fifth InternationalSymposium on the Characterization of Porous Solids, COPS V, Heidelburg, 1999, in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis 128 (K. K. Unger et al., Eds.), Elsevier, Amsterdam , 2000, p. 71.

 

James P. Olivier, Mietec Jaroniec, Michal Kruk

Standard nitrogen adsorption data for characterization of nanoporous silicas.

Langmuir 1999, 15(16), 5410-5413. 

 

James. P. Olivier

Characterization of energetically heterogeneous surfaces from experimental adsorption isotherms in Surfaces of Nanoparticles and Porous Materials, (J. A. Schwartz and C. I. Contescu, eds), Marcel Dekker, Inc., New York , 1999, p. 295.

 

James P. Olivier and Mario L. Occelli.

Surface area and microporosity of a pillared interlayered clay (PILC) from a hybrid density functional theory (DFT) method.

The Journal of Physical Chemistry B ; 2001, 105(3), 623-629.

 

M. L. Occelli, J. P. Olivier, A. Aroux and S. A. C. Gould

The effects of coke deposition in fluid cracking catalysts (FCCs) during gas oil cracking at microactivity test ( MAT ) conditions.

Journal of Catalysis , 2001,  209, 385 - 393

 

M. L. Occelli, J. P. Olivier, J. A. Perdigon-Melon, and A. Auroux

Surface area, pore volume distribution, and acidity in mesoporous expanded clay catalysts from hybrid density functional theory (DFT) and adsorption microcalorimetry methods.

Langmuir 2002, 18, 9816-9823

 

James P. Olivier

The importance of surface heterogeneity in developing characterization methods.

In 6th International Symposium on  the Characterization Of Porous Solids, Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis 144, Elsevier, 2002.

 

James P. Olivier and Mario L. Occelli

Surface area and microporosity of pillared rectorite catalysts from a hybrid density functional theory method.

Microporous and Mesoporous Materials 2003, 57, 291-296

 

Mario L. Occelli, James P. Olivier, Alice Petre, and Aline Auroux

Determination of pore size distribution, surface area, and acidity in fluid cracking catalysts (FCCs) from nonlocal density functional theoretical models of adsorption and from microcalorimetry methods.

The Journal of Physical Chemistry B 2003 , 107, 17, 4128-4136

 

M. Occelli, J. P. Olivier, F. Baldiraghi, and A. Auroux

Dual function fluid cracking catalyst (DFCC) with olefin selectivity.

Proc. 6th Int. Congress on Advances in FCCs, 226th ACS National Meeting, New York , NY , September 7-11, 2003 . (Accepted)

 

James P. Olivier

An overview of physical adsorption methods for the characterization of finely divided and porous materials and their application to fluid cracking catalysts.

Plenary lecture, Proc. 6th Int. Congress on Advances in FCCs, 226th ACS National Meeting, New York , NY , September 7-11, 2003 .

 

M. L. Occelli, J. P. Olivier, A. Auroux, M. Kalwei, and H. Eckert

Porosity and basic properties of a mesoporous solid obtained from the calcination  of an hydrotalcite-like material.

Chemical Materials , (Submitted)

 

J. P. Olivier and M. L. Occelli

Porosity and pore size distributions in hydrotreating catalyst metal supports from adsorption data and density functional theory (DFT) methods.

Applied Catalysis , (In preparation)

 

 

Basic Patents:

U. S. 3,208,919 Method and means for measuring electrokinetic potential

 

U. S. 3,432,030 Cleaning aqueous clay slurries by extracting discoloring minerals with an organic liquid

 

U. S. 3,439,801 Washing aqueous slips of fine milled clay with an organic liquid to improve brightness

 

U. S. 3,446,348 Treating clay

 

U. S. 3,449,567 Apparatus and process for determining particle size by x-ray absorption analysis

 

U. S. 3,621,243 Apparatus and process for determining particle size by x-ray absorption analysis

 

E. P. 314467 X-ray particle size analyzer

 

U. S. 3,659,708 Separation of discolorants from clay

 

U. S. 3,660,134 Inorganic materials surface reacted with organo titanium compounds

 

DE   2,051,924 Inorganic organotitanate compositions

 

U. S. 3,737,332 Closed-cell clay foam

 

U. S. 4,356,727 Continuous volume measuring device

 

U. S. 4,920,550 X-ray particle size analyzer

 

U. S. 5,247,558 X-ray particle size analyzer

 

U. S. 5,576,827 Apparatus and method for particle size measurement by light scattering

 

U. S. 5,849,064 System and method for evenly suspending and circulating particles in a liquid.

 

U.S. 6,091,492  Apparatus and method for determining the size distribution of particles by light scattering.