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.
CO2 as C-atom source
Carbon-negative functionalization of molecules using carbon dioxide
N2 as N-atom source
Dissociating dinitrogen molecules for chemical synthesis
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.