News


October 13, 2021

Check out our latest publication on Sorption-enhanced mixed-gas transport in amine functionalized polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs)! Congratulations to Katherine, Francesco, Naksha and Albert for their amazing work!


October 5, 2021

Congratulations  to Naksha and Sherrie for receiving the travel award to attend the 263rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Diego! They will share their research work at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session in the Division of Chemical Education. Click here to find out more about the ACS Spring 2022 meeting!


September 2, 2021

Our work on low-temperature H2S/CO2/CH4 separation in mixed-matrix membranes containing MFU-4 has been published in ACS Chemistry of Materials. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Qihui and Hyunhee!


August 9, 2021

Congratulations to Sharon for successfully defending her PhD! It is a huge accomplishment and an extraordinary milestone for her! We are excited to see what’s next for you, Dr. Lin!


August 8, 2021

We want to congratulate Kayla for being one of the 9 graduate students and postdocs who received the Department of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Service! This award serves to recognize graduate and postdoctoral researchers for making a positive impact in the community. We are so proud of you Kayla!


July 2, 2021

Check out our latest publication on Non-equilibrium Lattice Fluid Modeling of Gas Sorption for Fluorinated Poly(ether imide)s! Congrats to Albert, Katherine, Francesco, Taigyu Joo, Aristotle, Kayla, Naksha and Duha!


June 25, 2021

Check out our latest publication on revisiting group contribution theory for estimating fractional free volume of microporous polymer membranes! Congrats to Albert, Sharon, Katherine, Francesco, Taigyu Joo, Aristotle, Kayla, Naksha and Duha!


June 10, 2021

We want to congratulate Qihui and Albert for becoming Smith Lab’s first ever graduated PhD students! Thank you for playing a big part in making the lab what it is today! We are so excited to see what’s next for you both! 


June 7, 2021

We are proud to share that Professor Smith has been awarded the Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising! His guidance and support have been invaluable in our research journey at MIT and we are so happy to see his efforts recognized!


May 24, 2021

We are proud to announce that Osmoses, a startup led by Professor Smith, Francesco, Katherine and our former researcher Holden has won the 2021 MIT $100K grand prize! Osmoses is developing novel membrane technology for industrial gas separations in hopes of minimizing energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions!  Click here to find out more about Osmoses and the MIT $100K competition.


May 15, 2021

Congratulations to our former postdoc, Dr. Gang Han, who recently accepted a professorship position at Nankai University. Congratulations, Prof. Han!


May 13, 2021

Naksha has been selected as one of the 3 winners for the MIT ChemE UROP Poster Contest! Congratulations Naksha!


April 8, 2021

We are proud to announce that Wan-Ni has been selected to receive the T.S. Lin Fellowship 2021-2022 from MIT! Congratulations Wan-Ni! We are so happy for you!


February 1, 2021

Katherine has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2021 NAMS Elias Klein Travel Supplement! Congratulations Katherine!


January 1, 2021

The Smith Lab has added three new graduate students, one new postdoc, and one visiting postdoc.  Welcome to the group Eric, Jing Ying, Pablo, Stephen, and Eleonora!


December 17, 2020

Our work on elucidating the role of fluorine content on gas sorption properties of fluorinated polyimides has been published in Macromolecules. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Albert, James, Katherine, Francesco, Qihui, and Sharon!


December 11, 2020

Congratulations to Katherine on being selected to participate in the Global Young Scientists Summit (GYSS)! We are very excited for you and look forward to January 2021!


December 5, 2020

Our work on amine‐functionalized PIM‐1 with improved gas separation via free volume manipulation has been published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Katherine, Sharon, Albert, Andy, and Justin!


November 20, 2020

Our work in collaboration with Prof. Sanat Kumar Group at Columbia University on tuning selectivity in gas separation applications with the addition of free polymer to composite membranes featuring polymer-grafted nanoparticles has been published in ACS Nano. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Francesco!


October 13, 2020

Katherine Mizrahi Rodriguez was selected to present an early career research talk at the 2020 Soft Matter for All Symposium. Congratulations Katherine!


October 7, 2020

Our work on demonstrating manipulation of free volume in a 6FDA-HAB polyimide with a solid state protection/deprotection strategy has been published in Polymer. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Sharon, Taigyu,  Francesco,  Laura, Albert, Katherine, and Qihui!


September 23, 2020

The Smith Lab is proud that Professor Zachary Smith has been awarded the AIChE 35 Under 35 Award, which honors engineers under the age of 35 who have made significant contributions to the Institute and to the chemical engineering profession.


September 18, 2020

Duha Syar awarder the Mohr scholarship for the Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP). Congratulations Duha!


August 28, 2020

Our work on the synthesis of high surface area amine-functionalized MIL-101(Cr) nanoparticles has been published in ACS Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Andy, Katherine, and Qihui!


August 12, 2020

Kayla R Storme awarded the MIT Department of Chemistry Award for Outstanding Teaching. Congratulations Kayla!


July 22, 2020

Our work on the efficient synthesis of PIM-COOH and its structure-property relationships has been published in Macromolecules. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Katherine, Albert, Qihui, Andy, Sharon, Francesco, Hyunhee, and Lucas!


July 1, 2020

Our review paper on MOF-based membranes for gas separations has been published in Chemical Reviews. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Qihui, Patrick, Moon Joo, Andy, Katherine, Sharon, Francesco, Albert, and Lucas!


June 29, 2020

Our work on the influence of aliphatic and aromatic fluorine groups on gas permeability and morphology of fluorinated polyimide films has been published in Macromolecules. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Albert, James, Katherine, Qihui, and Sharon!


April 2, 2020

Our work on the hydrothermal synthesis of sub-20 nm amine-functionalized MIL-101(Cr) nanoparticles has been published in ACS Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Andy, Qihui, and Katherine!


February 26, 2020

Congratulations to Francesco M Benedetti for being accepted to the New England Innovation Corps (NE I-Corps) to investigate commercialization opportunities for polymer membranes.


January 10, 2020

Albert Wu awarded the NAMS Elias Klein Travel Supplement award for the 2020 North American Membrane Society conference. Congratulations Albert!


December 9, 2019

A team lead by Prof. Smith and in collaboration with the Swager Group has been awarded the MIT Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation ignition grant. Congratulations Francesco and Sharon!


December 4, 2019

The Smith Lab has added three new graduate students and two new postdocs.  Welcome to the group Aristotle, Wan-Ni, Kayla, Justin, and Shaofei!


November 1, 2019

Congratulation to Francesco for being awarded the 2019-2020 MIT Energy Initiative Fellowship. The Society of Energy Fellows at MIT is a global network of over 400 MIT students and alumni dedicated to expediting a global transition to low-carbon energy solutions.


October 30, 2019

Our work on the impact of thermal and chemical post-synthetic modification routes on mixed-matrix membranes interfacial compatibility has been published in ACS Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Qihui, Lucas, and Andy!


August 15, 2019

Our work on  the fundamental investigation of the gas-transport properties of CANAL ladder polymers has been published in Macromolecules. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Holden, Francesco and Albert!


July 31, 2019

Our work on  mixed-matrix membranes for improved interfacial compatibility has been published in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Qihui, Albert, Lucas, Patrick, Sharon and Asia!


June 25, 2019

Our work on defining a new theoretical upper bound has been published in AIChE Journal. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Albert and James!


April 13, 2019

Katherine Mizrahi awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Katherine!


April 13, 2019

Our work on a new ultra-permeable ROMP polymer has been published in Advanced Materials. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Francesco and Sharon!


March 18, 2019

Congratulations to Katherine Mizrahi for being awarded a Ford Foundation 2019 Predoctoral Fellowship through the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.


March 14, 2019

Congratulations to Sharon Lin for winning an Elias Klein Student Travel Award to present on her work at the upcoming North American Membrane Society (NAMS) meeting in Pittsburgh, PA.


March 12, 2019

Our work on multi-dimensional HKUST-1 has been published in ChemSusChem. The article can be found at this link. Congratulations Lucas!


January 1, 2019

The Smith Lab has added two new graduate students. Welcome to the group TJ Joo and Hyunhee Lee!


July 12, 2018

Prof. Smith awarded the Department of Energy Early Career Award to study new materials for polymer-based membrane separations.


July 12, 2018

Prof. Smith awarded the ACS PRF Doctoral New Investigator Award to investigate solubility and diffusion in fluorinated polymers.


June 12, 2018

Francesco Benedetti awarded 1st place poster award in Materials at the 2018 North American Membrane Society conference. Congratulations Francesco!


May 25, 2018

Smith Lab awarded funding to develop new boron-removal technologies for water purification.

 


April 27, 2018

MIT Visiting Student Association, founded by Francesco Benedetti, awarded two institute awards: the Golden Beaver Award and the William L. Steward, Jr. Award. Congratulations Francesco and MIT VISTA!


April 3, 2018

Albert Wu awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Albert!


December 8, 2017

Smith Lab research highlighted by the MIT Industrial Liaison Program.


May 3, 2017

Smith Lab awarded MIT Energy Initiative Seed Fund grant to develop metal-organic framework thin films for membrane-based separations.


April 7, 2017

Smith Lab awarded funding from the MIT Tata Center to develop sustainable energy capture systems for the developing world.


January 5, 2017

U.S. Department of Energy announces MIT Energy Initiative among members of new Manufacturing USA Institute.