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.
Highlighted in Nature Nanotechnology by K. T. Nam and S. Park,MIT News by D. L. Chandler
Non-aqueous gas diffusion electrodes for rapid ammonia synthesis from nitrogen and water-splitting-derived hydrogenHighlighted in Science by R. Service,MIT News by A. Trafton,RSC Chemistry World by T. Wogan,The Chemical Engineer by A. Doyle,Nature Catalysis ,by C. Ampelli
Members of our team deeply analyzing carbon and oxygen atoms – sadly, candlepin bowling does not provide nitrogen atoms.