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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Derek Mess

Professor of the Practice

Derek Mess

Professor of the Practice

Phone 617-627-3900
Science and Technology Center
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
thermal barrier coating (TBC), solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) ceramics

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, MIT, 1989
B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Queen's University, 1980
Professional Experience: 

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering

  • 2011-present: Professor of the Practice
  • 2011: Lecturer

Technology Transfer Consultant, Fuentek, LLC


Founder and President, Cambridge Microtech Inc.


Group Leader, ManLabs Division, Alcan Aluminum Corporation


Petroleum Engineer, Amoco Petroleum Company

Research Interests: 

Derek 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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2012, 2013: Best Professor Award, Tufts Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2001: NASA Tech Brief Award
  • 1996: Berman Award, Chemistry Division, Naval Research Laboratory
  • 1994: ASM International, Thermal Spray Society Best Paper Award
  • 1981-1982: Edwin R. Gilliland Fellowship
  • 1980: B.E.C. Joyce Memorial Award for outstanding chemical engineering graduate, Queen's University
  • 1980: H.G. Conn Award for valuable and distinguished service, Queen's University
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
ChBE-22: Transport Phenomena II
ChBE-51: Unit Operations Laboratory
ChBE-52: Projects Laboratory
ChBE-203: Advanced Thermodynamics