EPP Faculty :: Meagan Mauter

Meagan Mauter

Department of Chemical Engineering
Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Doherty Hall A207D
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Email: mauter@cmu.edu
Phone: (412) 268-5688

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering and Engineering and Public Policy

Innovation at the water-energy interface, with an emphasis on integrated utilities for energy efficiency, corporate environmental behavior, and advanced water treatment processes.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, 2011
  • Ph.D. at Yale University, 2011
  • B.A.; B.S.; M.E.E. Rice University, 2006

Positions Held

  • Carnegie Mellon 2012-

Research Interests

The WE3 group works to promote resource efficiency in water and energy systems by addressing technical and policy barriers to implementing utility-scale efficiency innovations. This research vision builds upon Prof. Mauter’s background in both fundamental (membrane science, inorganic nanoscience, and ordered soft materials) and applied (life-cycle analysis, innovation assessment, and public policy) research. Prof. Mauter’s current work in EPP integrates geospatial, economic, and regulatory policy modeling to identify systemic barriers to the implementation of forward osmosis (FO) processes.

Recent innovation in water treatment has introduced FO as a viable technology that restructures conventional tradeoffs between water and energy. By powering water desalination with waste heat from the cooling water of thermoelectric power plants, FO alleviates some of the rising tension between two critical resources. Rather than decoupling water and energy, however, FO introduces new modes of interaction and new constraints. The deployment and efficacy of fully integrated FO systems will depend largely on urban infrastructure and the economic, regulatory, and sociopolitical interactions that facilitate utilities integration. Prof. Mauter's research systematically analyzes the systemic barriers to widespread FO implementation and identifies corrective policy interventions


  1. Mauter, M.S., Elimelech, M., and Osuji, C. “Stable Sequestration of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes in Nanometer-Scale Aqueous Channels,” Journal of the American Chemical Society, 134 (9), pp 3950–3953.
  2. Eckelman, MJ, Mauter, M.S., Isaacs, JA; Elimelech, M. “Exploring the Other Side of CNT Ecotoxicity: Impacts from Production,” Environmental Science & Technology, 46 (5), pp 2902–2910.
  3. Mauter, M.S., Wang, Y., Okemgbo, K., Kaetochi, Giannelis, E., Osuji, C., and Elimelech, M. “Antifouling Ultrafiltration Membranes via Post-Fabrication Grafting of Biocidal Nanomaterials,” ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 3 (8), pp 2861–2868.
  4. Mauter, M.S., Elimelech, M., and Osuji, C. “Nanocomposites of Vertically Aligned SWNTs by Magnetic Alignment and Polymerization of a Lyotropic Precursor,” ACS Nano, 4 (11), pp 6651–6658.
  5. Mauter, M.S. “Environmental Life-Cycle Assessment of Disposable Bioreactors in the Biopharmaceutical Industry,” Bioprocess International, 7 (4), pp. 18-29.
  6. Kang, S., Mauter, M.S., and Elimelech, M. “Microbial Cytotoxicity of Carbon-based Nanotechnologies: Implications for River Water and Wastewater,” Environmental Science & Technology, 43 (7), 2648-2653.
  7. Mauter, M.S., and Elimelech, M. “Environmental Applications of Carbon-Based Nanomaterials,” Environmental Science & Technology, 42 (16), 5843-5859.
  8. Kang, S., Mauter, M.S., and Elimelech, M. “Physicochemical Determinants of Multiwalled Carbon Nanotube Bacterial Cytotoxicity,” Environmental Science & Technology, 42 (19), 7528-7534.