William A. Tisdale

Warren K. Lewis Professor of Chemical Engineering; Graduate Admissions Chair

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A chemical engineering education provides powerful training in the foundational principles that underlie all energy conversion technologies, including transport, kinetics, and thermodynamics. In my research, we apply these core principles to better understand the nonequilibrium transport and conversion of energy in its most basic microscopic forms – as excitons, electrons, and phonons – with the ultimate goal of creating new advanced materials with transformative capabilities.

Research Interests

renewable energy, nanotechnology, energy transport in nanomaterials, nonlinear spectroscopy, spectroscopic imaging


Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010-2011

Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 2010

B.S., University of Delaware, 2005


Honors and Awards

Warren K. Lewis Professorship of Chemical Engineering, 2023

C. Michael Mohr Outstanding Faculty Award, MIT ChemE, 2023

Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2023

AIChE NSEF Young Investigator Award, 2017

Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2017

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Chemistry, 2016

Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering, 2016

NSF CAREER Award, 2015

Everett Moore Baker Memorial Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2014

3M Nontenured Faculty Award, 2014

DOE Early Career Award, 2013

NSF IGERT Fellowship, Univ. of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Alexander J. Taylor Award, 2005

Tau Beta Pi Undergraduate Scholarship, 2004