Welcome! I have just completed my PhD studies in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, working in Prof. John Hart's group. My PhD thesis "In situ Monitoring and Control of Carbon Nanotube Synthesis" was defended on October 30, 2019.




 My research at MIT has focused on investigating novel micro- and nano-scale manufacturing processes, including carbon nanotube and 2D materials synthesis. My goal as a researcher is to understand the physics that dominate these processes so that they can be reliably utilized in industrial-scale manufacturing.

I am also interested in additive manufacturing; I have helped develop technical content for a professional online additive manufacturing course on MIT xPro. In addition, I helped design and construct a research-grade hybrid 3D printer for metal and composite materials, which originated as a class project in 2.77 Principles of Precision Product Design, and continued afterwards as a research effort.

I am excited about the convergence of robotics, advanced materials, big data, machine learning, and automation, and after graduation I hope to work towards developing products that utilize these technologies.


Selected publications:

Dee et al. “Carbon-assisted catalyst pretreatment enables straightforward synthesis of high-density carbon nanotube forests,” Carbon, 2019.



Dee et al. “In Situ Mechanochemical Modulation of Carbon Nanotube Forest Growth,” Chemistry of Materials, 2019.



Kidambi, Mariappan, Dee, et al. “A Scalable Route to Nanoporous Large-Area Atomically Thin Graphene Membranes by Roll-to-Roll Chemical Vapor Deposition and Polymer Support Casting,” Appl. Mater. Interfaces, 2018.



Rao, …, Dee et al. “Carbon Nanotubes and Related Nanomaterials: Critical Advances and Challenges for Synthesis toward Mainstream Commercial Applications,” ACS Nano, 2018.




McNerny,.., Dee et al. “Direct Fabrication of Graphene on SiO2 Enabled by Thin Film Stress Engingeering,” Scientific Reports, 2014.




Please contact me through LinkedIn if you find my work interesting and would like to connect!


Background: SEM image of a carbon nanotube forest that I created.