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Making energy available to society requires finding and producing fuel, improving the efficiency of energy use under the ultimate limits imposed by thermodynamics, and reducing the effects of these processes on the environment. The widespread use of fossil fuels increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, and means are now sought for its reduction or removal. Further environmental distress can result from manufacturing processes and society's use of the manufactured products. The traditional response of treating process wastes is still useful, but there is growing emphasis on designing new processes to produce less waste. This might be done by improving catalysts to decrease unwanted by-products, finding alternatives to volatile solvents, and developing more effective separation processes. Chemical engineers are at work in all these areas, as well as developing alternative energy sources and assessing the effects of pollutants on human health.

In the Department, you will find expertise in combustion, chemical reaction networks, geothermal energy, carbon dioxide sequestration, catalytic treatment of pollutants, global air pollution modeling, low-waste process design, and many other areas of energy and environmental engineering. View the pages of individual faculty members to learn about recent and ongoing research.

Paul I. Barton Professor 617.253.6526
pib@mit.edu
process dynamics; process modeling, simulation, and optimization; energy systems engineering; pollution prevention
Janos M. Beér Emeritus Professor 617.253.6661
jmbeer@mit.edu
turbulent combustion of gaseous, liquid, and solid fuels; reduction of pollutant emission from flames by combustion process modification
Daniel Blankschtein Professor 617.253.4594
dblank@mit.edu
colloid and interface science, thermodynamics, statistical mechanics, environmental and biomedical aspects of structured fluids, bioseparations, transdermal drug delivery
William H. Green, Jr. Professor
617.253.4580
whgreen@mit.edu
chemical kinetics, molecular simulation, free radical reactions
T. Alan Hatton Professor 617.253.4588
tahatton@mit.edu
transport phenomena, separation processes, microemulsions, colloids
Gregory J. McRae Professor 617.253.6564
mcrae@mit.edu
environmental science and engineering, process modeling, numerical analysis and optimization
Kenneth A. Smith Professor 617.253.1973
kas@mit.edu
fluid mechanics, heat and mass transfer
Jefferson W. Tester Professor 617.253.7090
testerel@mit.edu
environmental remediation and control technology, chemical processes in supercritical fluids, renewable and geothermal energy systems, gas hydrates in natural environments
Bernhardt L. Trout Professor 617.258.5021
trout@mit.edu
kinetics of aqueous and biological systems, protein stabilization, nucleation of pharmaceutical and clathrate hydrates, theoretical heterogeneous catalysis, molecular-level design of products and processes, emissions control and sustainable development