People

Principal Investigator

 

manthiram@mit.edu
Office: 66-550
Phone: 617-715-5740

 

Professor Karthish Manthiram

Education

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley
Postdoctoral Research Associate, California Institute of Technology

Bio

Karthish Manthiram is an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering. He received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a graduate student in Professor Paul Alivisatos’ group, Karthish developed transition-metal oxide hosts for redox-tunable plasmons and nanoparticle electrocatalysts for reducing carbon dioxide. During his postdoctoral research in Professor Robert Grubbs’ lab at Caltech, Karthish developed new anion-exchange ionomers. The Manthiram Lab at MIT is focused on the molecular engineering of electrocatalysts for the synthesis of organic molecules, including pharmaceuticals, fuels, and commodity chemicals, using renewable feedstocks. Karthish's research and teaching have been recognized with several awards, including the Dan Cubicciotti Award of the Electrochemical Society, DOE Office of Science Graduate Fellowship, Dow Excellence in Teaching Award, and Berkeley Chemical Engineering Departmental Teaching Award. 

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Administrative Assistant

 

 

Barbara Balkwill

balkwill@mit.edu
Office: 66-458
Phone:
617-258-7026

Bio

Barb Balkwill has worked at MIT for 33 years and ChemE for 10.

"Working closely with my faculty members and their groups is the most rewarding experience of my life and career. When not in the office, I enjoy living in Randolph, MA with my husband, daughter, granddaughter, two dogs and four cats. Hobbies include gardening, rockhounding/collecting, horseback riding, reading about archaeology and space sciences, and enjoying family and friends!"

 

Ph.D. Students

 

 

Nathan Corbin

Reduction of carbon dioxide in new cell architectures

ncorbin3@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Nathan received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2016. As an undergraduate, he worked in Dr. Jean-Luc Brédas’ lab studying the electronic and vibrational properties of donor-acceptor molecular crystals using ab initio quantum mechanical computations. He also spent one summer as a process engineering intern for Dow Corning. His current research focuses on developing catalysts which can operate in new architectures for the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide.

 

 

 

Nikifar Lazouski

Reduction of nitrogen to ammonia

lazouski@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Nik received a B. Eng. in Chemical Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Computer Science from the University of Delaware in 2016. As an undergraduate, he worked with Dr. Joseph Fox studying catalytic interconversion of tetrazines and dihydrotetrazines. He also spent a summer as a process engineering intern at DuPont. Nik is currently developing new catalysts for electrochemical reduction of nitrogen to ammonia.

 

 

 

Joseph Maalouf

Electrochemical oxidation of methane

jmaalouf@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Joseph received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 2017. As an undergraduate, he worked with Professor Matteo Cargnello in the Chemical Engineering department studying Palladium-Cerium based heterobimetallic complexes. He used these as controlled precursors for the synthesis of atomically dispersed methane oxidation catalysts. Later, he studied Nickle and Cobalt bimetallic nanoparticles to reduce coke formation in the dry reforming of methane. Joseph is currently studying the selective electrochemical oxidation of methane to more valuable products such as methanol.

 

 

 

Zachary Schiffer

Reduction of nitrogen to ammonia

zjs@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Zachary received a B.S.E. from Princeton University in Chemical and Biological Engineering with minors in applications of computing and materials science.  As an undergraduate, he worked with Prof. Craig Arnold studying the coupling of mechanics and electrochemistry in lithium ion batteries.  He also spent a summer simulating the dispersion of bioagent releases using an emergency preparedness toolkit at Sandia National Laboratories.  Zachary currently is studying the electrochemical reduction of nitrogen for ammonia production.

 

 

 

Kindle Williams

Reduction of carbon dioxide to alcohols

kindlew@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Kindle is a graduate student in Chemical Engineering. She received her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering with majors in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Alabama, where she was a member of the Computer-Based Honors Program. As an undergraduate, Kindle worked in Dr. Stephen Woski’s group on the organic synthesis of molecular electronic components. She also completed an REU at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she studied heterogeneous catalysis in the lab of Professor James Dumesic. Kindle is now developing new catalysts for the electroreduction of carbon dioxide to alcohols.

 

 

Joy Zeng

Reduction of carbon dioxide with molecular complexes

jszeng@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Joy received a B.S in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University in 2017. As an undergraduate, she worked in Prof. Bruce Clemens' lab and studied GaAs nanowires coated with protective and catalytic metal oxide layers for solar water splitting applications. She has also spent a summer interning at Shell Oil and a summer interning at Sila Nanotechnologies, a battery materials startup. Joy is now studying molecular complexes for the electroreduction of carbon dioxide.

 

Postdoctoral Researchers

 

Kyoungsuk Jin

Studies on bio-inspired electrocatalysts

ksjin@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Kyoungsuk received his B.S and Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Seoul National University, under the supervision of Professor Ki Tae Nam. During his Ph.D. course, he developed bio-inspired Mn based water oxidation electrocatalysts and investigated oxygen evolving reaction mechanism. His current research interest is the development of new electrocatalysts for nitrogen/carbon dioxide reduction reaction.

 

Dengtao Yang

Organic electrosynthesis to generate chemical feedstocks

dtyang@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Dengtao received his BSc in Chemistry, BEng in Computer Science and Master in Chemistry from Lanzhou University, PhD from Queen's University in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Suning Wang. His PhD research focused on the transformation of boron (B), nitrogen(N)-heterocycles driven by external stimuli, such as heat, light and excitons in OLEDs. As a postdoc in Manthiram group, his research focuses on organic electrosynthesis to generate chemical feedstocks.

 

Ruquan Ye

Mechanistic studies of carbon dioxide and nitrogen reduction

ruquan@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Ruquan received his B.S from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (2012), under the supervision of Prof. Ben Zhong Tang, and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Rice University (2017), under the supervision of Prof. James M. Tour. His Ph.D. research focuses on the synthesis of nanomaterials in diverse dimensions, from 0D graphene quantum dots to 3D graphene, and their use in fluorescence and electrochemical reactions. His current interest is the development of new catalysts for nitrogen and carbon dioxide reduction and their mechanism study.

 

Minghui Zhu

Spectroscopic Studies of Electrocatalysis

miz211@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Minghui obtained his B.S. from Zhejiang University in 2011, and his Ph.D. from Lehigh University in 2017 under the supervision of Prof. Israel E. Wachs. His Ph.D. research focused on in situ/operando spectroscopy study of heterogeneous catalysis for various applications (high temperature water gas shift reaction, selective catalytic reduction of NOx, conversion of ethanol to butadiene, etc.). His current research focuses on in situ spectroscopic studies of electrocatalysis.

 

Undergraduates

 

Michal Gala

Electrochemical synthesis of ammonia from dinitrogen

mlgala@mit.edu
Office: 66-053
Phone: 617-253-6444

Bio

Michal is a sophomore in Chemical Engineering at MIT, minoring in computer science and chemistry. He graduated from high school in Poland having represented his country at the International Chemistry Olympiad twice. Freshman year Michal did research under Prof. Richard Schrock on dinitrogen reduction and spend his last summer at the Shell Technology Center in Bangalore using machine learning in new materials discovery. He is currently working on electrochemical synthesis of ammonia from dinitrogen.