Massachusetts Institute of Technology Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering

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Mike Stern

Mike Stern
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering



Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, MIT (2013)
M.S.CEP in Chemical Engineering, MIT (2011)
B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University (2008)

Research Interests:
Statistical thermodynamic simulations of responsive polymer systems

Research Description:
Responsive polymers are materials which undertake significant structural changes based on external stimuli.  Examples of these stimuli could be light, pH levels, external forces, or electric fields.  It is hoped that these polymers can be used for efficient separations processes by utilizing their unique responsive characteristics.

In current CO2 separations processes, CO2 ­is absorbed onto monoethanolamine (MEA) at low temperatures then desorbed at high temperatures.  Almost one third of the energy required to sequester the CO2 is used in the desorption step.  The high energy cost is due to the inefficient mechanism of enacting change on the MEA.  In order to improve the feasibility of CO2 sequestration processes, it is necessary to find a better method for CO2 separation. 

Responsive polymers, which can be manipulated into CO2 adsorbing or desorbing states by an electric field, may be the answer to effective CO2 separation.  My project is focused on computational simulations of these materials.  Through these simulations I plan to determine the best methods of implementation and the best polymer structures for CO2 capture. 





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