Brian Adair, Ph.D.

Brian Adair is a Senior Chemical Engineer based in North Carolina with more than 14 years of experience focused on process engineering at power plants, solid waste disposal facilities, manufacturing plants, and similar industrial facilities. He frequently addresses client challenges related to air emissions, energy management, solids handling, and waste water.

Earlier in his career, Brian developed selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalysts for reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions. Today, he specializes in the optimization of the processes and technology used by clients to address the impacts of not only NOx but sulfur species (SO2, SO3, H2SO4), particulate matter (PM), mercury (Hg), carbon monoxide (CO), and similar air emissions regulated under a diverse range of local, state, and federal legislation.

Brian is the principal investigator and overall project manager for an applied research project funded through the U.S. Department of Defense's Environmental Security Technology Certification Program. The project seeks to demonstrate the effectiveness of an advanced energy and climate management system for the Corrosion Control Facility at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia. The goal is to produce significant energy savings and improved air quality for an expansive hangar facility used to add and remove paint from military aircraft.

In addition, Brian's projects include one in which calcium sulfite will be reclaimed from a Santee Cooper solid waste storage facility in South Carolina and converted to marketable gypsum. For another, fly ash and bottom ash handling systems will be upgraded at a Santee Cooper power plant. Brian also is evaluating field trial results for mercury mitigation at a power plant in the Midwestern United States to bring it into compliance with the U.S. EPA's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards (MATS).

Brian is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and continues to advance the state of the practice as a frequent presenter at professional conferences on the topic of air emissions and monitoring. He also teaches a course on air pollution control as an adjunct faculty member in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In 2013, Brian was invited to join the advisory board for the University's Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, which seeks to produce highly trained engineers well suited for the energy industry through traditional and continuing education and by increasing capacity and support for applied research.

Contact Brian Adair at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +1-704-227-0840.

Career Summary: Brian Adair, Ph.D.

  • Education: Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California, 2006; B.S., Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California, 1995
  • Practice Areas: Environmental Management, Air Quality Management and Air Pollution Control
  • Disciplines: Chemical Engineering
  • Specialties: Environmental Management Assessment and Systems; Air Quality Compliance and Emissions Reduction; Materials Characterization; Process Engineering

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