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Steve Lustig

Associate Professor,  Chemical Engineering
Associate Chair of Research,  Chemical Engineering

Contact

Office

  • 321 ISEC
  • 617.373.5900

Lab

  • 376 ISEC

Research Focus

design and manipulation of molecular/materials chemistry and structure for new property discovery, new functionality and technology development by combining theoretical and experimental methods; high performance computing, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, polymer physics, materials and biomolecular engineering

About

Joined the Chemical Engineering Department in Fall 2016.

Our work seeks to design and manipulate molecular/materials chemistry and structure for new property discovery, new functionality and technology development by combining theory, high performance computing and experimental methods. Our theoretical methods frequently involve quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, polymer physics, materials and biomolecular engineering. Our experimental methods frequently involve chemical synthesis, processing and characterizations: such as: microlithography, electrospinning, atomic force microscopy, spectroscopy, rheology and electroanalysis. We develop and implement powerful, multi-disciplinary tools to solve relevant problems with industry and national laboratories.

Our group research is described as three programs, each aimed at important societal problems addressed by new theory, computer simulation and experiments.

  1. COSMOdesign is an original paradigm to design new molecules, mixtures, materials and processes. Research further develops and applies this methodology in the design of (i) bioactive molecules with targeted physiological and environmental fate and (ii) environmentally safe refrigerants. Continued research is focused on improving the accuracy and broadening the applicability of direct design methods to (i) three dimensional docking, (ii) multi-scale mesoscopic dynamics and (iii) crystallization.
  2. Research on enzyme based air cathodes illustrates an important scientific opportunity to understand how to design practical nano-structured materials that deliver efficiently electrons and molecular reactants to the active centers of immobilized enzymes. Among many applications, this research will solve the remaining challenges toward enabling practical microbial fuel cells.
  3. Continued collaborations address why our antiballistic fibers break well below theoretical strength and what must be done to offer better protection. New materials are designed based on: understanding the molecular structure of liquid crystal polymer solutions in extensional flows, understanding the morphological defects that initiate failure and new synthesis paradigms for greater morphological perfection.

Education

  • PhD, Purdue University, 1989
  • MS, Purdue University, 1985
  • BSChE with Distinction, University of Virginia, 1983

Honors & Awards

  • American Institute of Chemical Engineers Industrial Research & Development Institute Award
  • DuPont Central Research Accomplishment Award (9 awards)
  • DuPont TechCon Award
  • DuPont Materials Science and Engineering Accomplishment Award (3 awards)
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon
  • Sigma Xi
  • Plastics Institute of America National Fellowship
  • Purdue University Fellowship

Research Overview

design and manipulation of molecular/materials chemistry and structure for new property discovery, new functionality and technology development by combining theoretical and experimental methods; high performance computing, quantum chemistry, statistical mechanics, polymer physics, materials and biomolecular engineering

Department Research Areas

Selected Publications

  • M.R. Roenbeck, J. Cline, V. Wu, M. Afshari, S. Kellner, P. Martin, J.D. Londono, L.E. Clinger, D. Reichert, S.R. Lustig, K. Strawhecker, Structure–Property Relationships of Aramid Fibers Via X-ray Scattering and Atomic Force Microscopy, Journal of Materials Science, 54, 2019, 6668–6683 (2019 Cahn Prize April finalist)
  • M.R. Roenbeck, E.J. Sandoz-Rosado, J. Cline, V. Wu, P. Moy, M. Afshari, D. Reichert, S.R. Lustig, K.E. Strawhecker, Probing the Internal Structures of Kevlar® Fibers and Their Impacts on Mechanical Performance, Polymer, 128, 2017, 200-210
  • M.B. Shiflett, B.A. Elliott, S.R. Lustig, S. Sabesan, M.S. Kelkar, A. Yokozeki, Phase Behavior of CO2 in Room-Temperature Ionic Liquid 1-Ethyl-3-Ethylimidazolium Acetate, Chem Phys Chem, 13, 2012, 1806-1817
  • R.H. French, V.A. Parsegian, R. Podgornik, R.F. Rajter, A. Jagota, J. Luo, D. Asthagiri, M.K. Chaudhury, Y.M. Chiang, S. Granick, S. Kalinin, M. Kardar, R. Kjellander, D.C. Langreth, J. Lewis, S. Lustig, et al., Long Range Interactions in Nanoscale Science, Reviews of Modern Physics, 82(2), 2010
  • J.S. Meth, S.R. Lustig, Polymer Interphase Structure Near Nanoscale Inclusions: Comparison Between Random Walk Theory and Experiment, Polymer, 51, 2010, 4259-4266

Faculty

Jul 30, 2020

Designing the Most Effective Face Masks

CEE Associate Professor Loretta Fernandez and Assistant Professor Amy Mueller are examining the best fit, while ChE Associate Professor Steve Lustig is determining the best combinations of materials for the most effective mask to protect against COVID-19.

Faculty

Jun 10, 2020

Effectiveness of Common Fabrics Against COVID

ChE Associate Professor Steve Lustig and Professor Ming Su’s research on “Effectiveness of Common Fabrics to Block Aqueous Aerosols of Virus-like Nanoparticles” was published in the American Chemical Society journal.

Faculty

Jun 12, 2018

The Modern Classroom

Instead of writing on a board, ChE Associate Professor Steve Lustig projects equations he writes on his iPad Pro, allowing him to interact better with his students. Source: News @ Northeastern Steve Lustig is never going back to chalk. Several years ago, the associate professor of chemical engineering ditched the classroom staple in favor of […]

Students

Nov 08, 2017

Michael Ploch Conducts Research at the Army Research Lab

Chemical Engineering PhD student and member of the Lustig Lab, Michael Ploch has begun a six-month research internship at the Army Research Lab (ARL) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD. As part of Associate Professor Steve Lustig’s continued collaboration with the ARL, Ploch is currently studying the mechanics of Kevlar® fibers.  The first part of Ploch’s project […]

Faculty

Apr 24, 2017

Prof. Steve Lustig to speak at TEXPO

Information Technology Services will host the third annual Teaching & Technology Expo (TEXPO) on April 25, 2017. TEXPO celebrates how technology can support teaching, learning, and research. Prof. Steve Lustig will speak during a panel titled “Digital Presentation Tools for Natural Interactions”. Moderator John Patota from ITS will lead an engaging discussion over different options […]

Faculty

Apr 01, 2017

Prof. Steve Lustig to speak at TEXPO

ChE Associate Professor Steve Lustig will speak during a panel titled “Digital Presentation Tools for Natural Interactions” at the third annual Teaching & Technology Expo (TEXPO).

Sep 01, 2016

New Faculty Spotlight: Steve Lustig

Steve Lustig joins the Chemical Engineering department in Fall 2016 as an Associate Professor.

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