Joseph Maalouf




Chemical Engineering

PhD candidate, First Year



Las Vegas, Nevada

Undergraduate institution

Stanford University

What sparked your interest in your current field, and what do you love about it?

My interest in chemical engineering stemmed from working summers with my father in his automotive repair shop. Learning about the underlying chemistry and physics that went into the development of cars motivated my to pursue further knowledge in chemical engineering. In addition learning about the impact that the catalytic converter had in the environment has motivated my to pursue catalysis as a possible PhD research field. With this in mind, one of the things that I love about chemical engineering is how many different subjects fall under its umbrella.

Personal research summary

Prior to coming to MIT, I spend two summers performing research at Stanford University while also performing research during the school year. I worked on developing novel, well defined metal complexes that could be used to create catalyst with highly uniform, atomically sized, bimetallic active sites that could be used in reactions such as methane oxidation. In addition I worked on Nickel and Cobalt based systems used to try to develop stable catalysts for the dry reforming of methane.

Personal interests

I love playing tennis!