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2022 Fellow

Mostapha Dakhchoune

PhD Institution
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Postdoctoral institution and lab

Román Group, MIT

During his PhD, Mostapha’s research tackled the amount of energy and resources wasted in separating chemicals in industrial processes by developing next-generation membranes to replace current energy-intensive technologies.

As a Schmidt Science Fellow, Mostapha plans to pivot from engineering to chemistry. He plans to study the effects of solvent confinement around metal active sites confined between two-dimensional nanosheets and aims to increase chemical reaction rates by tuning the mismatch in polarity between solvents, reactants, and reaction intermediates within hydrophobic/hydrophilic nanosheets.

By increasing chemical reaction rates, Mostapha aims to lower the production cost of commodities and allow their access to a larger slice of the world’s population.