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Heather J. Kulik

Chemical Engineering / MIT /

Research Areas

Clean Energy
Artificial Intelligence


Professor Heather J. Kulik is a tenured associate professor in the department of chemical engineering at MIT. She received her B.E. in chemical engineering from the Cooper Union in 2004 and her Ph.D. in materials science and engineering at MIT in 2009. She completed postdoctoral training at Lawrence Livermore and Stanford, prior to returning to MIT as a faculty member in 2013. Her research focuses on both high-throughput screening and machine-learning accelerated discovery of transition metal complexes for catalysis and as functional materials. Other areas of focus include the multi-scale modeling of enzyme catalysis and development of electronic structure methods for strongly correlated systems. Her research has been recognized by a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award at the Scientific Interface, Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award, DARPA Young Faculty Award, DARPA Director’s fellowship, NSF CAREER Award, the AAAS Marion Milligan Mason Award,  the Journal of Physical Chemistry Lectureship, and a Sloan Fellowship in chemistry, among others.

Research Interests

  • Catalysis
  • Transition-metal chemistry
  • Electronic structure methods
  • Atomistic simulations
  • Enzyme catalysis


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