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Chun Man Chow

  • PhD student
  • 2020-2021 J-WAFS Fellow for Water Solutions
  • 2022 J-WAFS Travel Grantee
  • Department of Chemical Engineering

Chun Man Chow is a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at MIT. He grew up in Hong Kong, where he developed an interest in environmental and water issues. As an undergraduate, he studied environmental engineering science and chemical engineering at UC Berkeley, after which he spent a year at the University of Cambridge, UK under the Churchill Scholarship.

At MIT, Chun Man focuses on developing novel separation processes for environment, health, and industrial applications. He was previously a Tata fellow and worked under professor T.A. Hatton (chemical engineering) on an electrochemical adsorption system using redox-active polymers for water treatment. His current work under professor R.N. Karnik (mechanical engineering) focuses on nanoporous graphene membranes. Chun Man is also working with the King Climate Action Initiative at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (K-CAI, J-PAL) on building out evidence on water pollution and scarcity and investigating how effective programs could be expanded and scaled-up.

In his free time, he enjoys cooking, sketching, sailing in the Charles River, reading/thinking about global poverty and sustainable development, and supporting public outreach on water research and water challenges through the MIT Water Club.