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.


Please RT. We are looking for #postdocs, who are interested in synthetic chemistry, #maingroupchemistry and luminescent materials. Email me ( if interested.

Honoured to be chairing the 1st @ChemPhysChem virtual symposium on CO2 reduction, on 29 September, especially with such an exciting lineup. Please sign up! @MariaEscEsc @KManthiram @fhi_mpg_de

Our first ever preprint is now up on @ChemRxiv! @adityal re-examined several Tafel datasets from the CO2 reduction literature using Bayesian data analysis. Our takeaway: let's rethink how we use Tafel data in electrochemical mechanistic analysis!

We have 10 postdoctoral positions immediately available in multiple sites @NSF_CSOE

Please share to anyone interested in highly collaborative research in synthetic organic electrochemistry.

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

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

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