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Environmental Sustainability

The Plata Lab at MIT seeks to change the approach to innovation globally, where engineered solutions of the future will incorporate environmental objectives, along with traditional performance and cost metrics, early in the design process to ensure sustainable technologies that serve society. We emphasize technologies and strategies that are readily adoptable and deployable to maximize real-world impact of our work.

Using tools derived from environmental organic and inorganic chemistry, we probe and predict environmental impacts associated with industrially relevant materials and processes. An important component of this work is building novel experimental devices to simulate industrial or environmental processes, as well as utilizing advances in computation to increase the throughput of our work. Ultimately, we seek to inform prediction of environmental fate (transport and transformation) of industrially important chemicals, elucidate guiding principles for environmental compatibility, and aid the design of more benign technologies. Our interests span from nano materials synthesis and use in environmental applications, to heterogeneous catalysis, to fossil energy extraction processes, and the fate of industrial chemicals and materials in the environment.


12/2022 Nikki featured in MIT Technology Review

12/2022 Joseph recognized as part of the inaugural cohort of MIT Postdoctoral Engineering Excellence Fellows in the MIT News

12/2022 Omar's work to advocate for first-generation graduate students highlighted in MIT News

11/2022 Runako featured in Course 1 Undergraduate Spotlight

10/2022 MIT Startup Exchange features Nth Cycle

10/2022 Elijah selected to inaugural cohort of MIT Morningside Academy for Design fellows

06/2022 Eric successfully defends his doctoral dissertation!

05/2022 Plata Lab's work on copper zeolite for methane removal is in The Wall Street Journal

05/2022 Desiree's collaboration paper published on Current Environmental Health Reports

05/2022 Nina successfully defends her doctoral dissertation!

05/2022 Desiree receives the 2022 Frank E. Perkins Award for Excellence in Graduate Advising