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Xiao Su

Assistant Professor

Primary Affiliation

Artificial Intelligence for Materials


Status Affiliate Faculty

Home Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering




  • Biography

    Xiao Su is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He is also a researcher at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology.


    • Ph.D., chemical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2017

    • BASc., University of Waterloo, 2011

  • Honors
    • 2023: AIChE Separations FRI/John G. Kunesh Award

    • 2023: ACS Unilever Award for Outstanding Young Investigator in Colloids & Surfactant Science

    • 2023: School of Chemical Sciences Teaching Award

    • 2022: Center for Advanced Study, Fellow

    • 2021: International Society of Electrochemistry Elsevier Prize for Green Electrochemistry

    • 2020: ACS Victor K. LaMer Award

    • 2020: RCSA Scialog Fellow

    • 2019: National Science Foundation CAREER Award

    • 2019: Illinois Water Resources Center Fellow

    • 2018: Whakapukahatanga Taiao Research Fellow, University of Auckland

    • 2016- 2017: Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) Catalyst Award

    • 2016: MIT Water Innovation Prize

    • 2016: MIT Veraqua Prize

    • 2016: ACS Langmuir Student Oral Presentation Award

    • 2011-2014: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Doctoral Fellowship

  • Research

    Research areas:

    • Advanced separations

    • Process intensification

    • Molecular engineering

    Professor Su is a chemical engineer whose interdisciplinary research program encompasses energy and environmental processes, water treatment and purification, chemical and biological manufacturing, and advanced materials synthesis. He has developed greener methods to manufacture, use and recycle chemicals, and his recent work on electrodialysis-based water purification addresses the energy and water crises simultaneously.

  • 2022

    • N. Kim, J. Jeon, J. Elbert, C. Kim, X. Su. Redox-mediated Electrochemical Desalination for Waste Valorization in Dairy Production. Chemical Engineering Journal, 2022, 428, 131082.


    • H. Vapnik, J. Elbert, X. Su. Redox-Copolymers for the Recovery of Rare-Earth Elements by Electrochemically-Regenerated Ion Exchange. Journal of Materials Chemistry A, 2021, 9, 20068-20077.
    • K. Kim, D. Raymond, R. Candeago, X. Su. Selective cobalt and nickel electrodeposition for lithium-ion battery recycling through integrated electrolyte and interface control. Nature Communications, 2021, 12, 6554.
    • R. Chen, J. Feng, J. Jeon, T. Sheehan, C. Ruttiger, M. Gallei, D. Shukla, X. Su. Structure and Potential-Dependent Selectivity in Redox-Metallopolymers: Electrochemically Mediated Multicomponent Metal Separations. Advanced Functional Materials, 2021, 31 (15), 2009307.


    • K. Kim, S. Cotty, J. Elbert, R. Chen, C.H. Hou, X. Su. Asymmetric Redox-Polymer Interfaces for Electrochemical Reactive Separations: Synergistic Capture and Conversion of Arsenic. Advanced Materials, 2019. Early View: [Highlighted as Inside Front Cover]


    • X. Su, A. Kushima, C. Halliday, J. Zhou, J. Li, T. A. Hatton. Electrochemically-mediated selective capture of heavy metal chromium and arsenic oxyanions from water. Nature Communications, 2018, 9, 4701.


    • X. Su, and T.A. Hatton, “Redox-electrodes for selective electrochemical separations,” Advances in Colloid & Interface Science, 2017, State-of-Art Perspective, 244, 6-20.
    • X. Su, K.J. Tan, J. Elbert, C. Ruttiger, M. Gallei, T.F. Jamison, and T.A. Hatton, “Asymmetric Faradaic systems for selective electrochemical separations,” Energy & Environmental Science, 2017, 10, 1272-1283.
    • X. Su, L. Bromberg, K.J. Tan, T.F. Jamison, L.K. Padhye, T.A. Hatton, “Electrochemically Mediated Reduction of Nitrosamines by Hemin-Functionalized Redox Electrodes," Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 2017, 4 (4), 161-167.
    • X. Su, L. Bromberg, V. Martis, F. Simeon, A. Huq, T.A. Hatton. Post-synthetic Functionalization of Mg-MOF-74 with Tetraethylenepentamine: Structural Characterization and Enhanced CO2 Adsorption. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 2017, 9 (12), 11299-11306.


    • X. Su, H. Kulik, T.F. Jamison, and T.A. Hatton, “Anion-selective redox electrodes: electrochemically-mediated separation with organometallic interfaces,” Advanced Functional Materials. 2016, 26(20), 3394-3404. [Highlighted as back-cover]


    • Bromberg, X. Su, and T.A. Hatton, “Functional networks of organic and coordination polymers for Fructose Conversion,” Chemistry of Materials, 2014, 26 (21), 6257-6264.


    • Kozak, J. Wu, X. Su, F. Simeon, T.A. Hatton, and T.F. Jamison, “ Bromine-Catalyzed Conversion of CO2 and Epoxides to Cyclic Carbonates under Continuous Flow Conditions,” Journal of American Chemical Society, 2013, 135 (49), 18497–18501.