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Ayse Asatekin

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor
Smart Polymers, Membranes, and Separations Lab

Ayse Asatekin

Ayse Asatekin

Assistant Professor
Chemical and Biological Engineering
John A. and Dorothy M. Adams Faculty Development Professor
Smart Polymers, Membranes, and Separations Lab

Phone 617-627-4681
Science and Technology Center, Room 142
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
Research: 
membranes, polymer science, material science, separations, surface chemistry
Biography: 

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) at MIT. She is also the co-founder and scientific advisor of Clean Membranes, Inc., a start-up company that commercialized the polyacrylonitrile-based membrane technology that she began developing during her doctoral research. Asatekin joined the Tufts Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2012.

Education: 
Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, MIT, 2009
B.S., Chemistry, Middle East Technical University, 2003
B.S., Chemical Engineering, Middle East Technical University, 2002
Professional Experience: 
2012-present:

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

2012-present:

Scientific Advisor, Clean Membranes, Inc.

2011-2012:

Research Affiliate, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

2011-2012:

Co-Founder and Principal Scientist, Clean Membranes, Inc.

2009-2011:

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT

Research Interests: 

Ayse Asatekin's research focuses on small molecule separations, designing novel membranes for water treatment, 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 strong tool for developing materials for these applications.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2016: NSF CAREER Award
2016: Turkish American Scientists and Scholars Association Young Scholar Award
2015: Massachusetts Clean Energy Council Catalyst Award
2014: Best Professor Award, Tufts University Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
2011: Edward W. Merrill Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award
2011: Quadrant Award Finalist
2009: MRS Graduate Student Gold Award
Professional Memberships: 
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Materials Research Society
North American Membrane Society
Service Memberships: 
Tufts chapter faculty co-advisor, Society of Women Engineers