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2009 Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Program in Polymer
Science and Technology
Honors and Awards
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.
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.
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