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Tufts University
Medford, MA 02155

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Derek Mess
Professor of the Practice, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


1980 B.Sc., Queen's University, Canada, Chemical Engineering
1989 Ph.D., MIT, Chemical Engineering

Honors and Awards

  • Best Professor Award, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University 2012, 2013
  • NASA Tech Brief Award, 2001
  • Berman Award, Chemistry Division, Naval Research Laboratory, 1996
  • ASM Int'l, Thermal Spray Society Best Paper Award, 1994
  • Edwin R. Gilliland Fellowship, 1981-1982
  • B.E.C. Joyce Memorial Award (outstanding graduate in Chemical Engineering) 1980
  • H.G. Conn Award (for valuable and distinguished service), Queen's University 1980

Research Interests

Dr. Mess' research interests include materials development for energy, environmental, and aerospace applications; synthesis and processing of high temperature materials, including thermal barrier coating (TBC) and solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) ceramics; and fundamental gas-solid reactions associated with carbon dioxide capture in coal gasification processes.


  • ChBE 22 - Transport Phenomena II
  • ChBE 51 - Unit Operations Laboratory
  • ChBE 52 - Projects Laboratory
  • ChBE 203 - Advanced Thermodynamics

Professional Positions

Sept 2011 - present Professor of the Practice, Tufts School of Engineering, ChBE, Medford, MA
Jan 2011 - May 2011 Lecturer, Tufts University School of Engineering, ChBE, Medford, MA
2007 - present Technology Transfer Consultant, Fuentek, LLC, Apex, NC
1993 - 2006 Founder and President, Cambridge Microtech Inc., Cambridge, MA
1989 - 1993 Group Leader, ManLabs Division of Alcan Aluminum Corporation, Cambridge, MA
1980 - 1981 Petroleum Engineer, Amoco Petroleum Company, Edmonton, Alberta