The Manthiram Lab has moved to Caltech!

Meet our team of tinkerers, white-boarders, engineer-scientists, and experimental theorists.

Principal Investigator

Karthish Manthiram

Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
William H. Hurt Scholar
California Institute of Technology

B.S. Chemical Engineering, Stanford University, 2010
Ph.D. Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley, 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate, California Institute of Technology

Karthish received his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley. As a graduate student in Professor Paul Alivisatos’ group, Karthish developed transition-metal oxide hosts for redox-tunable plasmons and nanoparticle electrocatalysts for reducing carbon dioxide. During his postdoctoral research in Professor Robert Grubbs’ lab at Caltech, Karthish developed new anion-exchange ionomers. Karthish joined the MIT faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2017. In 2021, he moved to Caltech as a Full Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. The Manthiram Lab is focused on the development of heterogeneous electrocatalysts for the synthesis and functionalization of organic molecules using carbon dioxide, nitrogen, water, and renewable electricity. Karthish’s research has been recognized with several awards, including the NSF CAREER Award, DOE Early Career Award, Sloan Research Fellowship, 3M Nontenured Faculty Award, American Institute of Chemical Engineers 35 Under 35, American Chemical Society PRF New Investigator Award, Dan Cubicciotti Award of the Electrochemical Society, and Forbes 30 Under 30 in Science. Karthish’s teaching has been recognized with the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, C. Michael Mohr Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, the MIT Chemical Engineering Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, and the MIT Teaching with Digital Technology Award. He serves on the Early Career Advisory Board for ACS Catalysis and on the Advisory Board for Trends in Chemistry, Chem Catalysis, and the MIT Science Policy Review.

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Graduate Students

Florian Grass

Anukta Jain

Gangsan Lee

Joseph Maalouf

Thu Ton

Michael Yusov

Postdoctoral Researchers



Group Awards

We are proud of the accomplishments of our group members during their time in our lab:



ECS Energy Technology Division Graduate Student Award (Zachary Schiffer)

AIChE CRE Travel Award (Minju Chung)


Beckman Fellowship (Wes Chang)

MIT Society of Energy Fellows (Joy Zeng)

MIT Chemical Engineering Dow Travel Award (Joy Zeng)

MIT ChemE Rising Stars (Joy Zeng)

MCSC Impact Fellowship (Glen Junor)


Rock Award  (Kindle Williams)

MIT ChemE Individual Citation  (Kindle Williams)

Teaching Development Fellowship (Joy Zeng)

MIT Society of Energy Fellows (Zachary Schiffer)


Mathworks Engineering Fellowship (Joy Zeng)

Stanford Knight-Hennessey Scholar (Michal Gala) 

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Katie Steinberg)

Kokes Award for the 26th North American Catalysis Society Meeting (Zachary Schiffer)

AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Travel Award (Zachary Schiffer)


William C. Rousseau Award in Leadership and Ethics in Chemical Engineering Practice (Kindle Williams)


MIT Presidential Fellowship (Joy Zeng)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Nikifar Lazouski)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Aditya Limaye)

Kwanjeong Fellowship (Minju Chung)


MIT Presidential Fellowship (Zachary Schiffer)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Zachary Schiffer)

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (Nathan Corbin)


Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Karthish (PI): 626-395-3140   / / Spalding 225

Martha (Admin): 626-395-2423 / / Spalding 208

Caltech | Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering