Sami Khan, P.Eng.

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Energy Engineering



Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2020

S.M., Mechanical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2016

S.M., Technology and Policy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), 2016

B.A.Sc., Chemical Engineering, University of Toronto, 2012


Industrial and research interests

  • Surface and interfacial engineering
  • Wettability and surface chemistry
  • (Electro)catalytic conversion of CO2 and N2
  • Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS)
  • Coatings that resist scale, fouling, corrosion and hydrogen embrittlement
  • Technoeconomic assessments for feasibility of energy technologies, energy and critical materials policy


Teaching interests

  • Engineering Materials
  • Interfacial Phenomena and Wetting
  • Catalysis and Reaction Engineering
  • Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Electrochemical Energy Systems


SRYE 5130

Selected recent publications

  • Khan, S., Hwang J., Shao-Horn Y., and Varanasi, K.K., 2021. Catalyst-proximal plastrons enhance activity and selectivity of carbon dioxide electroreduction. Cell Reports Physical Science, 100318, doi: 10.1016/j.xcrp.2020.100318
  • Khan, S. and Varanasi, K.K., 2020. Designing Lubricant-Impregnated Surfaces for Corrosion Protection. CORROSION. 
  • Khan, S., Azimi, G., Paxson, A.T. and Varanasi, K.K., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2019. Hydrophobic materials incorporating rare earth elements and methods of manufacture. U.S. Patent: US20190177233A1. Issued June, 2019
  • McBride, S.A., Dash, S., Khan, S. and Varanasi, K.K., 2019. Evaporative Crystallization of Spirals. Langmuir35(32), pp.10484-10490.
  • Girard, H.L., Khan, S. and Varanasi, K.K., 2018. Multilevel robustness. Nature materials17(4), pp.298-300.
  • Khan, S., Azimi, G., Yildiz, B. and Varanasi, K.K., 2015. Role of surface oxygen-to-metal ratio on the wettability of rare-earth oxides. Applied Physics Letters106(6), p.061601.
  • Azadi, P., Khan, S., Strobel, F., Azadi, F. and Farnood, R., 2012. Hydrogen production from cellulose, lignin, bark and model carbohydrates in supercritical water using nickel and ruthenium catalysts. Applied Catalysis B: Environmental117, pp.330-338.