Our research focuses on the synthesis, understanding and application of
stimuli-responsive materials, which include nanoparticles, nanofibers, surfactants,
polymers and gels. Responsive gels, polymers and surfactants have a wide variety of
applications, for example, drug delivery, protein and environmental separations and
rheology and surface tension modification. Superparamagnetic nanoparticles (e.g.
magnetic fluids) may be used in environmental, biological and chemical separations.
Surface-modified metal and metal oxide nanoparticles may be used as catalysts in a
variety of chemical reactions.
A second research area focuses on the development of electrochemical processes to facilitate chemical separations and to mediate the transformation of captured waste to useful commodity chemicals. Electrochemically-mediated separation processes are under development and investigation for post-combustion carbon dioxide capture at coal-fired power plants, for liquid fuel extraction from fermentation media, and for decontamination of waste water. Electrochemical processes are also being explored as a means to facilitate chemical sequestration of carbon dioxide. These research projects are supported by government agencies (ARPA-E and US Department of Energy) and industrial partners (Siemens Corporate Technology and Dupont-MIT Alliance).
July 2, 2014
Congratulations to Professor Hatton and Aly Eltayeb for receiving a $40,000 Clean Energy Research Grant from the MassCEC Catalyst Program! This award sponsors their work in Electrochemically-mediated CO2 Capture, in which they will continue optimization of new technology conceived and developed by group alumnus Mike Stern (Thesis) for the capture of carbon dioxide from large-scale power plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This technology can also be used readily at a smaller scale for environmental control in large commercial buildings, and in small enclosed spaces such as submarines and spacecraft. The award will be used to build a small-scale demonstration unit as prototype for full-scale deployment of this scalable technology.
February 20, 2014
Demetra Achilleos won Best Poster Award for her reserach at the 2014 MITEI Poster Session. Congratulations!
December 17, 2013
Congratulations to Xianwen Mao for completing his PhD thesis! "Microstructural Manipulation and Architecture Design of Carbon-Based Electrochemical Systems"
November 4, 2013
Mike Stern recieved the Separations Division Award from AIChE. Congratulations! This award was presented at the AIChE meeting in San Francisco.
October 24, 2013
Congratulations to Vinay Raman for completing his PhD thesis! "Computational Study of Self-Assembly in Block Copolymer/Superparamagnetic Nanoparticle Composites under External Magnetic Fields"
October 10, 2013
Congratulations to Mike Stern for completing his PhD thesis! "Electrochemically-Mediated Amine Regeneration for Carbon Dioxide Separations"
June 20, 2013
Congratulations to Seok Joon Kwon for completing his PhD thesis! "Phase-Equilibrium-Mediated Assembly of Colloidal Nanoparticles"
May 10, 2013
Congratulations to Emily Chang for completing her PhD thesis! "Controlled Emulsion Droplet Solvent Evaporation for Particle Production"