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Welcome New Course X Professors!

Course X introduces new faculty in the areas of biomaterials and biofuels, systems controls, and chemical engineering practice


Daniel G. Anderson
Dan Anderson, who has a dual appointment with the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, has been at MIT since 1999, when he came here to start his postdoctoral work with Institute Professor Bob Langer. He became a research associate in 2003, continuing his work on RNAi and NDA delivery, polymeric arrays, and cell encapsulation for regenerative medicine.

The primary goal of Anderson’s research is to advance medicine through the study and development of advanced biomaterials and drug delivery systems. He is particularly interested in fully-automated, combinatorial methods to develop therapeutically useful biomaterials and nanoparticulate systems, including libraries of biodegradable polymers and lipid-like materials for intracellular drug delivery, synthetic polymer surfaces for stem cell manipulation, and new materials for macroscopic devices and tissue engineering.


Richard D. Braatz, as the Edwin R. Gilliland Professor of Chemical Engineering
Before coming to MIT, Richard Braatz was the Millennium Chair and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Science and Engineering, and Bioengineering at the University of IlIinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has been recognized internationally as a leader in systems engineering. He brings to MIT a unique blend of fundamental controls theory, multiscale modeling, and challenging applications.

Braatz received a B.S. in chemical engineering at Oregon State and completed his Ph.D. with Professor Manfred Morari at the California Institute of Technology. At the University of lllinois, he has built an internationally recognized program in process systems engineering. At MIT, Braatz plans to focus on multiscale processes that arise in pharmaceuticals, materials, and energy systems. [More>>]


Allan S. Myerson
Allan Myerson is no stranger to MIT – he has spent the past two years working with the Institute’s new Novartis Center for Continuous Manufacturing. His previous position was with the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, where, since 2000, he had served as dean of engineering and science, provost, and senior vice president, before returning to full time research and teaching in 2008. He joins the department as a professor of the practice.

Myerson’s research focuses on crystallization from solution with an emphasis on nucleation, polymorphism, and industrial applications of crystallization. He has published five books including the "Handbook of Industrial Crystallization," 150 papers, and 31 patents on crystallization and related areas. He also worked with the American Chemical Society (ACS) to develop the Journal "Crystal Growth and Design" and has served as an associate editor. Myerson has consulted for approximately 70 companies in chemical and pharmaceutical industry around the world.His research was recognized by the ACS’s 2008 Award in Separation Science and Technology. [More>>]

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Yuriy Román
Yuriy Román received his Ph.D. in chemical and biological engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. He then went on to the California Institute of Technology to pursue postdoctoral research in the synthesis and characterization of microporous and mesoporous materials in the group of Professor Mark E. Davis. His research there involved studying structure-function relations in zeolites in applications related to the isomerization of carbohydrates and the carbonylation of dimethylether.

Working under the supervision of Professor James A. Dumesic at Wisconsin, Román's thesis work involved the catalytic conversion of carbohydrates obtained from lignocellulosic biomass into chemical intermediates used for the production of biofuels and biomaterials.

During the course of his Ph.D. studies, he helped develop new catalytic systems to convert sugars into furan derivatives such as 5‐hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) and furfural. In addition, he helped design a catalytic process for the production of 2.5‐dimethylfuran from HMF for use as a biomass derived fuel. These breakthroughs were published in the journals Science and Nature, respectively. His research interests include biorefining, catalysis, reaction kinetics, and nanomaterials. As a faculty member, he will continue developing catalytic processes and novel materials applied to renewable energy, including the conversion of biomass into fuels and chemicals and CO2 activation.

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