Ruth E. Baltus

Professor and Department Chair

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY 13676






2006 – present       Department Chair, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

2001 - present       Professor of Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University

1989 ‑ 2001           Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University

1983 - 1989           Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Clarkson University



1990 - 1991           Visiting Research Fellow, General Electric Corporate Research & Development Labs, Schenectady, NY

2001 - 2002           Faculty Research Participant, Chemical Technology Division, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN



CH271 Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics




Distinguished Teacher Award, Clarkson University, May 2008

Outstanding Advisor Award, Clarkson University, April 2007

Lifetime Award of Merit, Oswego Alumni Association, SUNY Oswego, May 2004

Distinguished Engineering Educator Award, Society of Women Engineers, October 2003

Student Life Award for Excellence as a Faculty Advisor, Clarkson University, April, 1999

Personal Computer Curriculum Development Award, Clarkson University, May, 1989

Outstanding Senior in Chemistry Award, State University College of New York at Oswego, May, 1977



Dr. Baltus has a number of ongoing research projects involving room temperature ionic liquids, characterization of porous membranes, transport in porous media and biosensors.


Characterization of Room Temperature Ionic Liquids

Characterization of Porous Membranes

Transport of Rod Shaped Particles across Microfiltration Membranes



Winkler, B.H. and R.E. Baltus, “Modification of the Surface Characteristics of Anodic Alumina Membranes using Sol-Gel Chemistry,” J. Membrane Sci., 226, 75-84 (2003).


Baltus, R.E., Culbertson, B.H., Dai, S., Luo, H.and D.W. DePaoli, “The Low Pressure Solubility of CO2 in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids Measured with a Quartz Crystal Microbalance,” J. Phys. Chem., 108, 721-727 (2004).


Ally, M.R., Braunstein, J., Baltus, R.E., Dai, S., DePaoli, D.W. and J.M. Simonson, “Solubility and Vapor Pressures of Dissolved CO2 in [bmim][PF6] and in [C8mim][BF4] Predicted by the Irregular Ionic Lattice Model IILM,” Ind.Eng.Chem Research, 43, 1296-1301 (2004).


Carmon, K., Baltus, R.E. and L.A. Luck, “The Use of Two Single Cysteine Mutants of the Periplasmic E.coli Receptor for Glucose and Galactose as Target Proteins for a Piezoelectric Quartz Crystal Biosensor”, Biochemistry, 43 14249-14256 (2004).


Baltus, R.E., Culbertson, B.H., Luo, H., Dai, S., Duckworth, D.C., Counce, R.M. and D.W. DePaoli, “Examination of the Potential of Ionic Liquids for Gas Separations,”Sep. Sci. & Tech., 40, 1-17 (2005).


Carmon, K.S., Baltus, R.E. and Luck, L.A., “A Biosensor for Estrogenic Substances Using the Quartz Crystal Microbalance”, Anal. Biochem., 345, 277-283 (2005).


Baltus, R.E., “Characterization of Gel-Filled Porous Membranes Using Moment-Based Interpretation of Transport Measurements”, J. Membrane Sci., 276, 101-112 (2006).


Baltus, R.E., Carmon, K.S., and Luck, L.A., “Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Immobilized Protein Receptors: A Comparison  of Response to Ligand Binding for Direct Protein Immobilization and Protein Attachment via Disulfide Linker.” Langmuir, 23, 3880-3885 (2007).


Hou, Y. and  Baltus, R.E., “Experimental Measurement of Solubility and Diffusivity of CO2 in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids,” Ind.Eng.Chem Research, 46, 8166-8175 (2007).


Baltus, R.E., Xu, W., Badireddy, A.R. and Chellam, S. “Analysis of Configurational Effects on Hindered Convection of Non-spherical Bacteria and Viruses across Microfiltration Membranes,” Ind. Eng. Chem. Research., 48, 2404-2413 (2009).


Moganty, S.S., Baltus, R.E., Roy, D. “Electrochemical windows and impedance characteristics of [Bmim+][BF4-] and  [Bdmim+][BF4-] ionic liquids at the surfaces of Au, Pt, Ta and glassy carbon electrodes” Chem. Phys. Letters, 483, 90-94 (2009).


Suni, I., Singh, R., Baltus, R.E., and Sharma, P.P., “Nanopore Immunosensor for Peanut Protein Ara h 1,” Sensors & Actuators: B. Chemical, 145, 98-103 (2010).


Moganty, S.S., Baltus R.E., “ Regular Solution Theory for Low Pressure Carbon Dioxide Solubility in Room Temperature Ionic Liquids: Ionic Liquid Solubility Parameter from Activation Energy of Viscosity,”  Ind. End. Chem. Research, published ASAP on-line, 2010.