Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering





Trout Group May 2011

Research Summary and Objectives

The Molecular Engineering Laboratory at MIT, led by Prof. Bernhardt L. Trout, develops and applies sophisticated computational, theoretical, and experimental methods in order to probe complex chemical systems on the molecular level and engineer them for high value chemical applications with maximum specificity. Applications are currently in the fields of continuous pharmaceutical manufacturing, stabilization and formulation of biopharmaceuticals, and nucleation and crystallization. In parallel, we develop new computational methods which are generally applicable for the engineering of complex chemical systems.

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Major Projects

Professor Trout directs two major projects focusing on pharmaceuticals.  The Novartis-MIT Center for Continuous Manufacturing is a bold new initiative to transform pharmaceutical manufacturing.  The Singapore-MIT Alliance Chemical and Pharmaceutical Engineering is an exciting educational and research initiative which give students the opportunity to study both at MIT and in Singapore and perform cutting-edge research in a variety of areas. 


Most of our research is industrially funded, since we aim towards new technology development. Current and past partners, include Amgen, DuPont, EniTecnologie, Ford Motor Company, MedImmune, Merck & Company, Inc., Novartis, and others. Governmental sponsors include the NSF, NIH, DOE, and the Government of Singapore.

Prof. Bernhardt L. Trout also consults for major pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and chemical companies.

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Last Updated: March 24, 2014