The Manthiram Lab, led by Karthish Manthiram in MIT Chemical Engineering, creates electrically-powered catalysts that use nitrogen gas, carbon dioxide, and water as sustainable inputs for chemical synthesis.

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CO2 as C-atom source

Carbon-negative functionalization of molecules using carbon dioxide

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N2 as N-atom source

Dissociating dinitrogen molecules for chemical synthesis

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H2O as O-atom source

Transferring oxygen atoms from water to organic molecules

We innovate in the development of catalysts which drive selective organic electrosynthesis – this requires deep understanding of electrochemistry, organic chemistry, and materials chemistry, from both an experimental and theoretical perspective.   



Members of our team deeply analyzing carbon and oxygen atoms – sadly, candlepin bowling does not provide nitrogen atoms.


Huge congrats to Katie (@kjsteinb) for passing her thesis proposal! A bright future full of lithium chemistry awaits! #NitrogenReduction #BreakingBonds #TakingNames Pic credit may possibly go to Juniper the cat?? 🐱

We're stoked to welcome 3 new grad students to the team: Sayandeep, Simar, and Trent! Onboarding is not the same right now, but we're looking forward to learning and growing with you, & gradually ramping up research as public health measures allow! #VoltageBoost #LabExcitedState

We're at #AIChE2020! Come find us:

Mon: Carboxylation (Nathan)
Tue: O-atom Transfer (@KManthiram )
Wed: Thermodynamics of E Sources (Zack)
Thu: C-H Activation (@ReadMeLikeANook) & Amination (Zack)
Fri: CO2R Modeling (@js_zeng) & Bayesian Tafel Slope Analysis (@adityal)

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Department of Chemical Engineering

Karthish (PI): 617-715-5740   / / 66-550

Helen (Admin):  617-258-7036  /   / 66-552

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