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Ayse Asatekin
John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Education

2009 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Polymer Science and Technology
2003 B.S. in Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
2002 B.S. in Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Turkey

Honors and Awards

  • NSF CAREER Award - 2016
  • Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association (TASSA) Young Scholar Award – 2016
  • Massachusetts Clean Energy Council (MassCEC) Catalyst Award - 2015
  • Best Professor Award, Tufts University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering - 2014
  • Edward W. Merrill Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - 2011
  • Quadrant Award Finalist - 2011
  • MRS Graduate Student Gold Award – 2009

Research Interests

Dr. Asatekin's research focuses on designing novel membranes for water treatment, small molecule separations, removal of multiple types of pollutants, and energy-efficient smart filtration processes. She is also interested in systems that combine separation with catalysis and bioprocessing, surface modification of microfluidic devices, and self-cleaning materials with controlled wetting. The design of self-assembling polymers to create nanostructure and modulate surface chemistry provides a great tool for developing materials for these applications. Listen to a Ted-style talk by Prof. Asatekin on her research interests.

Short Bio

Ayse Asatekin received bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from the Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in chemical engineering through the Program in Polymer Science and Technology (PPST) from MIT. She is also the co-founder and scientific advisor of Clean Membranes, Inc., a start-up company that commercialized her polyacrylonitrile-based membrane technology that she began developing during her doctoral research. She joined Tufts in 2012.

Professional Positions

2012 - present Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University
2012 - present Scientific Advisor, Clean Membranes, Inc., Lexington, MA
2011 - 2012 Research Affiliate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Cambridge, MA
2011 - 2012 Co-founder/principal scientist, Clean Membranes, Inc., Lexington, MA
2009 - 2011 Post-doctoral researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chemical Engineering, Cambridge, MA

Service Memberships

  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers
  • Materials Research Society
  • North American Membrane Society
  • Society of Women Engineers (Tufts University chapter faculty co-advisor)