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About Michael A. Matthews

Michael A. Matthews is a Professor, Associate Dean, and past Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering. A native of Texas, he attended Texas A&M University as a National Merit Scholar and a TAMU Presidents’ Endowed Scholar, receiving his B.S. in 1979. After working for the Texas Eastman Company for two years, he returned to Texas A&M and obtained his PhD in 1986. While a graduate student, he won both an Amoco Outstanding Teaching Award and an Outstanding PhD dissertation award. He began his academic career at the University of Wyoming in 1987, and joined the University of South Carolina in 1994.
Matthews is a member of the American Chemical Society where he holds the rank of Fellow.He is also a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Society for Engineering Education, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. His research has been sponsored by NSF, NIH, EPA, DoD, and several companies. He won the 2008 William H Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education, sponsored by Eastman Chemical and the Chemical Engineering Division of the American Society of Engineering Education.
Professor Matthews is also a co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of CarboNix LLC, a university-based startup company that has received SBIR Phase I and II funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Research and Scientific Contributions: Professor Matthews’ research is focused on fundamentals and applications of thermodynamics and diffusional mass transfer. In one specific focus area, he has published extensively supercritical fluid technology, especially in properties and applications of liquid and supercritical CO2. He is a recognized expert in measurement of diffusion coefficients at high temperature and pressure using the Taylor-Aris method. He has also published numerous papers on phase equilibrium measurements and modeling of challenging mixtures (so-called “continuous mixtures” in petroleum, and recently on surfactant-water-CO2-biomolecules). His most recent efforts, spanning over 10 years, are in the use of CO2 as a technology platform for biomedical applications, particularly sterilization and disinfection of temperature- and environment-sensitive biomaterials and devices. He is the leading U.S. academic expert in this field, and he has received both R01 and SBIR funding from the U.S NIH for this effort.
Since 1997 he has also published extensively on the use of chemical hydrides, especially NaBH4, for storage and generation of hydrogen for small fuel cells. He discovered, in 1998, the “steam hydrolysis” route for reacting water with NaBH4 and demonstrated that this pathway, in certain thermodynamic states, would overcome the well-known kinetic limitations of the aqueous solution pathway. Subsequently he and his students demonstrated that the key step in the steam hydrolysis pathway is the initial deliquescence of water onto the hydride.


Present Fellow of the American Chemical Society, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Present Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Present Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education, University of South Carolina - Columbia
Present Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of South Carolina - Columbia

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