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Marc Levin, PhD

Marc Levin

Marc Levin, Ph.D.
Brion Wise Professor of Energy Production

Process/technical safety, catalysis, plant design, upstream technology

Office: 151 Wegner Hall 📞509-335-6836

The Gene and Linda Voiland
School of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering
1505 Stadium Way, Room 105
P.O. Box 646515
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-6515

Experience

Dr. Marc Levin is a chemical engineering PhD professional with over 29 years of experience working for a major petrochemical operating company, specializing in Process/Technical Safety and Catalysis. Dr. Levin is experienced in reactive chemistry, reactive relief evaluation, Bow Tie analysis, LOPA, HAZOP, HAZID, building siting, risk assessment, barrier analysis, and development of Safety Critical Element Performance Standards. His specialty areas also include kinetics, catalysis, and thermodynamics; experimentation and dynamic simulation. He has a strong interest in sharing his knowledge and experience.

  • Technical Safety Engineer, Shell Exploration & Production Co. – U.S., Oct. 2014 – Mar. 2016
  • Process Safety Advisor, Shell Canada Ltd. – Canada, Oct. 2010 – Oct. 2014
  • Reactive Hazards Assessment (RHA) Portfolio Manager, Shell Global Solutions (US), Jan. 2002 – Oct. 2010
  • Process Safety / RHA Specialist, Shell Oil Company / Equilon Enterprises – U.S., Jan. 1992 – Jan. 2002
  • Research Engineer – Catalysis Dept., Shell Development Company – U.S., Jan. 1987 – Jan. 1992

Education

  • Ph.D., Chemical Engineering – University of California at Berkeley, [Thesis: The Effects of Metal Oxide Promotion on the Adsorptive and Catalytic Properties of Rhodium with Profs. A.T. Bell and G.A. Somorjai] – 1987
  • M.S., Chemical Engineering – University of California at Berkeley [Thesis: Reaction Kinetics of Acetylene Hydrogenation on A Nickel Catalyst with Prof. E.K. Reiff] – 1983
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering – University of Washington – 1980
  • B.S., Mathematics – University of Washington – 1980

Accomplishments & Awards

  • Co-Chair of Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Symposium session tracks (several years)
  • Chair of past Process Plant Safety Symposia
  • Chair of Shell Westhollow HSE Council (1 year) for about 1500 staff
  • 11 Shell Special Recognition Awards; 1996 Shell Champions of Quality Award
  • Co-leader of Shell – Holub Middle School Science Explorers (1998-2008)

Selected Publications

  1. M.E. Levin, Section 3.5, “Venting Requirements for Reactive Cases,” CCPS Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems, 2nd Edition, in progress.
  2. M.E. Levin and P. Ralbovsky, Section 3.4, “Calorimetry for Emergency Relief System Design,” CCPS Guidelines for Pressure Relief and Effluent Handling Systems, 2nd Edition, in progress.
  3. N.O. Gonzales, M.E. Levin, and L.W. Zimmerman, “The Reactivity of Sodium Borohydride with Various Species as Characterized by Adiabatic Calorimetry”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 142 (2007), 639-646.
  4. M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, and J. Yang, “Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed Cleavage of Cumene Hydroperoxide”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 130 (2006), 88-106.
  5. M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, “Mixtures of Isoprene with Butadiene-Derived Popcorn Polymer: Characterization of Reactivity”, 3rd International Symposium on Runaway Reactions, Pressure Relief Design, and Effluent Handling, AIChE (November 1-3, 2005), 217-235.
  6. M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, R. Rodriguez, T.E. Paxson, and J.E. Fischer, “The Reactivity of Ethylene Containing Minor Amounts of Acetylene”, Proceedings of the Ethylene Producers Conference, AIChE, April 11, 2005.
  7. M.E. Levin, S. Chervin, W.J. Rogers, M. Sam Mannan, “Reactive Chemicals”, Chapter 33, Lees’s Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, Dr. Sam Mannan, ed., Elsevier, 2005.
  8. M.E. Levin, A.D. Hill, L.W. Zimmerman, and T.E. Paxson, “The Reactivity of 1,3-Butadiene with Butadiene-Derived Popcorn Polymer”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 115 (2004), 71-90.
  9. N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, M.E. Levin, and N.Y. Vassiliev, “The Self-Reactivity of Vinylacetylene via Adiabatic Calorimetry”, Proceedings of the North American Thermal Analysis Society, 2003.
  10. M.E. Levin, “The Reactivity of Ethylene Oxide in Contact with Iron Oxide fines as Measured by Adiabatic Calorimetry”, Journal of Hazardous Materials, 104 (2003), 227-245.
  11. G.A. Melhem, A. Gianetto, M.E. Levin, H.G. Fisher, S. Chippett, S.K. Singh, P.I. Chipman, “Kinetics of the Reactions of Ethylene Oxide with Water and Ethylene Glycols”, Process Safety Progress, December, 2001.
  12. M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, “The Reactivity of Butadiene with Acetylenic Hydrocarbons via Adiabatic Calorimetry,” Proceedings of the 2001 Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Symposium (October 30-31, 2001).
  13. M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, “Reactivity of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons via Adiabatic Calorimetry,” Proceedings of the 2000 Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium.
  14. M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, “Further Calorimetric Evaluation of Polymer/Oligomer Decomposition: APTAC Testing,” Proceedings of the 1999 Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Symposium (October 26-27, 1999).
  15. M.E. Levin, J.M. Olvera, C.J. Garcia, and J.S. Grebowicz, “A Study of the Energetics of Oligomer/Polymer Decomposition,” Process/Plant Safety Symposium, AIChE, Houston, TX (October 27, 1998).
  16. H.G. Fisher, G.A. Melhem, M.E. Levin, and J.C. Leung, “1,3-Butadiene: Thermal Dimerization/Trimerization, Free-Radical Polymerization, and Polymer Decomposition Reactions”, International Symposium on Runaway Reactions, Pressure Relief Design, and Effluent Handling, AIChE (March 11-13, 1998), pp. 445-460.
  17. H.E. Fried, D.K. Schisla, J.F. Zoeller, and M.E. Levin, “A Study of Free-Radical and Thermally-Initiated Butadiene Polymerization”, Process Plant Safety Symposium, AIChE, Houston, TX (April 1-2, 1996).
  18. S. Evetts, C. Kovalski, M. Levin, and M. Stafford, “High-Temperature Stability of Alcohol Ethoxylates”, JAOCS, 72 (1995) No. 7, 811-816.
  19. M.E. Levin, M. Salmeron, A.T. Bell, and G.A. Somorjai, “The Characterization by XPS of the Ti-Rh Interface for Titania Overlayers on Rhodium”, Surface Science 195 (1988), 429-442.
  20. M.E. Levin, K.J. Williams, M. Salmeron, A.T. Bell, and G.A. Somorjai, “Alumina and Titania Overlayers on Rhodium: A Comparison of the Chemisorption and Catalytic Properties”, Surface Science, 195 (1988), 341-351.
  21. M.E. Levin, M. Salmeron, A.T. Bell, and G.A. Somorjai, “The Enhancement of CO Hydrogenation on Rhodium by TiOx Overlayers”, Journal of Catalysis, 106 (1987), 401-409.
  22. M.E. Levin, M. Salmeron, A.T. Bell, and G.A. Somorjai, “The Effects of Titania and Alumina Overlayers on the Hydrogenation of CO over Rhodium”, J. Chem. Soc., Faraday Trans. 1, 83 (1987), 2061-2069).
  23. M. Levin, M. Salmeron, A.T. Bell, and G.A. Somorjai, “The Influence of TiOx Deposits on a Polycrystalline Rh Foil on CO Adsorption and Desorption”, Surface Science, 169 (1986), No. 1, 123.

Conference Activity

  • Track Chair – Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium, multiple years, including 2010-2015.
  • Co-Chair – AIChE CCPS GCPS DIERS Session, Apr. 28, 2015.
  • Organizer and Chair – Shell Heavy Oil Process Safety Network, Oct. 7-8, 2014.
  • Conference Chair – 3rd Process Safety Management Conference for the Chemical Petrochemical and Refining Industries, Jan. 14-15, 2015; Sept. 13-14, 2012, MarcusEvans.
  • Session chair – 1998 Process Plant Safety Symposium, Session 9 “Emergency Relief for Reactive Chemical Systems”, Session 18 “Reactive Chemical Hazards”.

Presentations

  1. “Developments in Two-Phase Flow Onset / Disengagement Analysis” M.E. Levin, DIERS 2015 Fall Meeting, October 5, 2015.
  2. “DIERS Bylaws / Membership / Dues” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 14, 2014.
  3. “Update: Visual Flow – Adair-Fisher DIERS Benchmarks” Ashok Dewan, M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, April 28, 2014.
  4. “Revisiting Simplified Reactive Relief Load Calculations: Part 2 – Hybrid Systems” M.E. Levin, J.C. Leung, DIERS Users Group, September 18, 2013.
  5. “The Future of DIERS: Group #2 – Technical Meetings” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, September 17, 2013.
  6. “Revisiting Simplified Reactive Relief Load Calculations” M.E. Levin, J.C. Leung, DIERS Users Group, April 19, 2013.
  7. “The Future of DIERS: Group #2 – Technical Meetings” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, April 18, 2013.
  8. “Effectively Managing Risk Through Learning from Incidents, Alarm Management, and Barrier Management” D. Suter, M.E. Levin, C.R. Brazitis, Interactive Panel Discussion, MarcusEvans Conference on Process Safety Management for the Chemical Petrochemical and Refining Industries, September 14, 2012.
  9. “Update: Aspen Plus Dynamics – Adair-Fisher DIERS Benchmarks”, J. Goom, M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 12, 2010.
  10. “Modeling of a Complex 3-Phase Solid Digestion System” S. Aldrett, N. Vassiliev, N.O. Gonzales, M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, April 14, 2010.
  11. “Special Topics in LOPA” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 12, 2009.
  12. “High Temperature Effects on Vessel Integrity” M.E. Levin, A. Cheta, DIERS Users Group, October 14, 2009.
  13. “The Characterization of sec-Butylbenzene Hydroperoxide Reactivity by Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, J. Yang, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center International Symposium, October 2008.
  14. “The Characterization of sec-Butylbenzene Hydroperoxide Reactivity by Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, J. Yang, DIERS Users Group, October 22, 2008.
  15. “Non-Catastrophic Loss of Containment: APTAC” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, April 30, 2008.
  16. “Calorimetric Studies of the Effect of Rust on Species Reactivity” N.O. Gonzales, M.E. Levin, H. Zamora, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 23, 2007.
  17. “Making a Rackett – Calculating Liquid Mixture Volumes” M.E. Levin, L.J. Young, DIERS Users Group, October 9, 2007.
  18. “Is Rust a Problem? Screening of (Oxygenated) Hydrocarbon Reactivity” N.O. Gonzales, M.E. Levin, H. Zamora, DIERS Users Group, October 8, 2007.
  19. “Liquid Physical Properties Near the Critical Temperature” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, May 8, 2007.
  20. “Solvent Effects on DTBP Decomposition” N.O. Gonzales, M.E. Levin, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 24, 2006.
  21. “Observations on Fluid Venting Behavior” C.B. Brooke, L.J. Young, M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 11, 2006.
  22. “Solvent Effects on DTBP Decomposition” N.O. Gonzales, M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 11, 2006.
  23. “Numerical Problem Encountered with P-v Relationship Utilized in SAFIRE” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, Mathematical Modeling Committee report, October 10, 2006.
  24. “The Reactivity of Sodium Borohydride with Various Species Characterized by Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, DIERS Users Group, May 3, 2006.
  25. “SuperChems ‘Wish List’” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, SuperChems Technical Steering Committee report, May 2, 2006.
  26. “Mixtures of Isoprene with Butadiene-Derived Popcorn Polymer: Characterization of Reactivity” M.E. Levin, A.D. Hill, 3rd International Symposium on Runaway Reactions, Pressure Relief Design, and Effluent Handling, Cincinnati, OH, November 1-3, 2005.
  27. “The Reactivity of Sodium Borohydride with Various Species Characterized by Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 25, 2005.
  28. “Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed Cumene Hydroperoxide Decomposition” M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, J. Yang, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 27, 2004.
  29. “Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed Cumene Hydroperoxide Decomposition” M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, J. Yang, DIERS Users Group, October 6, 2004.
  30. “DIERS Benchmark Results” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, March 9, 2004.
  31. “DIERS Certification Mark” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, March 9, 2004.
  32. “Experimental Study of the Thermal Decomposition of Cumene Hydroperoxide” M.E. Levin, N.O. Gonzales, L.W. Zimmerman, Y. Yang, DIERS Users Group, March 8-10, 2004.
  33. “The Reactivity of 1,3-Butadiene with Butadiene-Derived Popcorn Polymer” M.E. Levin, A.D. Hill, L.W. Zimmerman, T.E. Paxson, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 28, 2003.
  34. “Characterization of the Reactivity of 1,3-Butadiene with Butadiene Based Popcorn Polymer via Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 22, 2003.
  35. “Management of Reactive Hazards in Shell Chemical Company” M.E. Levin, Texas Chemical Council, June 2, 2003.
  36. “The Reactivity of Ethylene Oxide in Contact with Iron Oxide Fines as Measured by Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 30, 2002.
  37. “The Reactivity of Ethylene Oxide in Contact with Iron Oxide Fines as Measured by Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 2, 2002.
  38. “DIERS Benchmark Interim Results” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 1, 2002.
  39. “Management of Change with Regard to Reactive Hazards” M.E. Levin, 42nd IPSG Meeting, March 7, 2002.
  40. “The Reactivity of Butadiene with Acetylenic Hydrocarbons via Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 30-31, 2001.
  41. “An Investigation of the Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed EO Hydrolysis” S. Chippett, H.G. Fisher, A. Gianetto, M.E. Levin, G.A. Melhem, S.K. Singh, CMA EOIC EO HSE Seminar, October 19-20, 2001.
  42. “Examples of Calorimetry and Kinetics Determination: Butadiene Chemistry, Ethylene Oxide Hydrolysis Chemistry” M.E. Levin, Center for Environment, Safety, and Health Workshop, ITRI, Hsinchu, Taiwan, June 27, 2001.
  43. “Essential Tools for Reactive Hazards Identification & Mitigation” M.E. Levin, Center for Environment, Safety, and Health Workshop, ITRI, Hsinchu, Taiwan, June 26, 2001.
  44. “Key Elements of a Corporate Program for Identifying and Mitigating Reactive Hazards” M.E. Levin, Center for Environment, Safety, and Health Workshop, ITRI, Hsinchu, Taiwan, June 26, 2001.
  45. “An Investigation of the Kinetics of Caustic-Catalyzed EO Hydrolysis” S. Chippett, H.G. Fisher, A. Gianetto, M.E. Levin, P. Ralbovsky, S.K. Singh, DIERS Users Group, Spring 2001.
  46. “Reactivity of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons via Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 24-25, 2000.
  47. “Reactivity of Unsaturated Hydrocarbons via Adiabatic Calorimetry” M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, DIERS Users Group, October 18, 2000.
  48. “An Investigation of the Kinetics of Acid-Catalyzed EO Hydrolysis” S. Chippett, H.G. Fisher, A. Gianetto, M.E. Levin, G.A. Melhem, S.K. Singh, DIERS Users Group, October 18, 2000.
  49. “Further Calorimetric Evaluation of Polymer/Oligomer Decomposition: APTAC Testing” M.E. Levin and A.D. Hill, Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center Annual Symposium, October 26-27, 1999.
  50. “Polymer Decomposition Study” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, April 14, 1999.
  51. “A Study of the Energetics of Oligomer/Polymer Decomposition” M.E. Levin, J.M Olvera, C.J. Garcia, J.S. Grebowicz, Process Plant Safety Symposium, October 27, 1998.
  52. “Summary of APTAC® Usage and Performance” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 21, 1998.
  53. “A Study of the Energetics of Oligomer/Polymer Decomposition” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 21, 1998.
  54. “SAFIRE / SuperChems® for DIERS Update” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 19, 1998.
  55. “Status of Evaluation of SuperChems™ for DIERS” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, October 28, 1997.
  56. “A Study of Free-Radical and Thermally-Initiated Butadiene Polymerization” H.E. Fried, M.E. Levin, D.K. Schisla, J.F. Zoeller, DIERS Users Group, February 5, 1996.
  57. “A Study of Free-Radical and Thermally-Initiated Butadiene Polymerization” H.E. Fried, M.E. Levin, D.K. Schisla, J.F. Zoeller, Process Plant Safety Symposium, April 1-2, 1996.
  58. “Release of SAFIRE Version 9.2 – Activity Summary (non-Shell)” M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, May 24, 1994.
  59. “Report of API RP 520/521 Activity”, H.S. Forrest, M.E. Levin, DIERS Users Group, May 24, 1994.
  60. “An IDEA: WINDOWS Interface for SAFIRE”, M.E. Levin, E.G. Bauman, C.F. Liu, R.B. Huet, DIERS Users Group, May 11, 1993.