The Reaction Design Story
Reaction Design was founded by Dr. David Klipstein whose vision of extending the power of complex chemistry simulation to industrial markets would enable the industry to replace costly experimental processes with fast and accurate computer simulation software.
In 1997, Reaction Design became the exclusive developer and licensing partner for CHEMKIN, the gold standard for modeling gas-phase and surface chemistry created at Sandia National Laboratories. CHEMKIN originated from Sandia's research work in combustion and has enabled significant strides in the modeling of a variety of complex chemical processes. It is the software of choice for engineers and scientists involved in modeling chemically reacting flows. CHEMKIN has also become an important educational tool in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering and chemistry curricula.
Today, Reaction Design's product offerings have expanded to include a comprehensive software suite that enables engineers to evaluate performance from the scale of a molecule through an entire engine. With Reaction Design’s software products, designers have access to unprecedented predictive simulation capabilities to help them solve complex design problems with accuracy and fast Time-to-Solution.
In 2005, Reaction Design launched the Model Fuels Consortium (MFC), an organization comprising global leaders in transportation and energy production including Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Cummins, Dow Chemical Company, Ford Motor Company, GE Energy, General Motors, Honda, l'Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP), Mazda, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Petrobras, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Saudi Aramco, Suzuki, Toyota, and Volkswagen. The MFC was formed in response to the growing pressures on engine and fuel manufacturers worldwide to lower greenhouse gas and toxic pollutant emissions.
Throughout its seven-year tenure, the MFC engaged industry luminaries to accelerate the development of software tools and chemistry models that would enable the design of cleaner burning, more efficient engines and fuels, including Chief Technical Advisor Dr. Charlie Westbrook, widely regarded as a pioneer in combustion modeling, Prof. Anthony Dean from Colorado School of Mines (formerly of Exxon), Prof. William Green from MIT, Prof. Mitsuo Koshi from University of Tokyo, Prof. Ulrich Maas from Karlsruhe University and Prof. Hiromitsu Ando from Fukui University, formerly chief executive scientist of Mitsubishi Motors.