ChBE Seminar Series - Martin Z. Bazant

Wed Oct 10 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
MoSE "M" Building, Room G011

Unless otherwise noted, all Seminar Series events are held at 3 p.m. in the MoSE "M" Building (Room G011). Refreshments are served outside of the room starting at 2:30 p.m.

Martin Z. Bazant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

"Electrokinetic Control of Interfacial Instabilities"


This talk will describe three examples of interfacial patterns – viscous fingers, deionization shocks, and metal dendrites – whose stability can be controlled by electrokinetic phenomena in charged porous media, as evidenced by both theory and experiments. Potential applications include electrically enhanced oil recovery, water desalination and purification by shock electrodialysis, and energy storage with rechargeable metal batteries.


Martin Z. Bazant is the E. G. Roos (1944) Professor of Chemical Engineering and Mathematics and Executive Officer of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  After a PhD in Physics at Harvard  (1997), he joined the MIT faculty in Mathematics (1998) and then in Chemical Engineering (2008).  He is a Fellow of the International Society of Electrochemistry and of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC). His awards include the 2015 Kuznetsov Prize in Theoretical Electrochemistry (ISE) and 2018 Andreas Acrivos Award for Professional Progress in Chemical Engineering (AIChE).  He also serves as the Chief Scientific Advisor for Saint Gobain Ceramics and Plastics, North America.


MoSE "M" Building, Room G011