Welcome! I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, working in Prof. John Hart's group.




I am interested in understanding the physics that dominate micro- and nano-scale manufacturing processes. In particular, I am studying the influence of mechanical forces and catalytic activity on the synthesis of carbon nanomaterials, including carbon nanotubes and graphene.

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.


Selected publications:

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.