Hi! My name is Mohammad (Mim) Rahimi and I am currently a postdoctoral associate under the supervision of Prof. Alan Hatton in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). I obtained my Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Pennsylvania State University, working primarily with Prof. Bruce Logan and also with Prof. Christopher Gorski and Prof. Michael Hickner in Materials Science. My Ph.D. and postdoctoral research experiences have included investigating potential electrochemical technologies to address climate change issues. During my Ph.D. program, I investigated a novel thermally regenerative battery for harvesting electrical power from the low-grade waste heat often generated by industry, which could ultimately increase the efficiency of industrial units. My postdoctoral research focused on developing electrochemical processes for carbon capture applications. In particular, I developed a new electrochemically driven cycle with proton-intercalating electrodes to capture CO2 as bicarbonate in aqueous media. I also developed and scaled up an amine-based electrochemical system that can selectively capture CO2 from industrial flue gas over successive efficient cycles. Moreover, I evaluated the importance and potential of machine learning in carbon capture processes, revealing the opportunities and associated risks. I also collaborated on a number of projects with other researchers focusing on developing capacitive mixing and reverse electrodialysis approaches, to harvest energy from salinity gradient energy sources. With support from my advisors, these efforts led me to contribute to sixteen peer-reviewed journal publications (and additional articles currently under review) and more than fifteen conference presentations.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Chemical Engineering