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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.


10/2023 Desiree featured in MIT News

10/2023 Vittorio appointed as Assistant Professor at NYU Grossman School of Medicine

08/2023 Professor Urs von Gunten visits the Plata Lab

06/2023 Desiree featured in MIT Energy Initiative's Energy Futures for methane abatement work

05/2023 Omar wins both the Martin Family Fellowship and the Hugh Hampton Young Fellowship

04/2023 Elijah receives NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

03/2023 TEDxBoston publishes Desiree's talks from this past November

03/2023 MIT CEE News Graduate Spotlight: Mollie Wilkinson

02/2023 MIT CEE News story about Nth Cycle highlights Megan and Desiree's journey as founders