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Matthew J. Eckelman

Secondary Appointment, Chemical Engineering
425 Snell Engineering Center
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2009
  • M.S., M.Phil., Environmental Engineering, Yale University, 2006
  • B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Amherst College, 2000

Research & Scholarship Interests

Environmental impacts of metals production, use, emissions, and recovery; life cycle assessment of products and services; systems modeling of bioenergy and bio-based industrial chemicals; material and energy use in urban environments and civil infrastructure
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College Research Initiatives

Honors & Awards

  • 2015 NSF CAREER Award
  • 2013 ISIE's Laudise Young Researcher Prize
  • 2012 Anesthesia & Analgesia paper selected for Continuing Medical Education program
  • 2008-2010 Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Fellow, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2009 Project Award, Air & Waste Management Association
  • 2007 ES&T paper featured in ACS Chemical & Engineering News
  • 2007 NSF EAPSI Fellow, Japan
  • 2007 World Fellow, Coca-Cola Foundation
  • 2007 ES&T paper featured in Science magazine literature highlights

Professional Affiliations

  • American Center for Life Cycle Assessment
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • International Society for Industrial Ecology

Selected Publications

  • R. Wang, M.J. Eckelman, J.B. Zimmerman."Consequential Environmental and Economic Life Cycle Assessment of Green and Gray Stormwater Infrastructures for Combined Sewer Systems", Environmental Science & Technology, 47 (19), 2013
  • M.J. Eckelman, M.R. Chertow. "Life Cycle Energy and Environmental Benefits of a U.S. Industrial Symbiosis", International Journal of  Life Cycle Assessment, 18 (8), 2013
  • L. Dahlben, M.J. Eckelman, A. Hakimian, S. Somu, J.A. Isaacs. "Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of a Carbon Nanotube-Enabled Semiconductor Device", Environmental Science & Technology, 47 (15), 2013
  • M.J. Eckelman. "Life Cycle Assessment in Support of Sustainable Transportation", Environmental Research Letters, 8 (2), 2013
  • R.J. Lifset, M.J. Eckelman. "Material Efficiency in a Multi-Material World", Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 371(1986), 2013
  • L. Sima, E. Kelner-Levine, M.J. Eckelman, K.M. McCarty, M. Elimelech. "Water Flows, Energy Demand, and Market Analysis of the Informal Water Sector in Kisumu", Kenya, Ecological Economics, 87, 2013, 137-144
  • L. Ciacci, W. Chen, F. Passarini, M.J. Eckelman, I. Vassura, L. Morselli. "Historical Evolution of Anthropogenic Aluminum Stocks and Flows in Italy", Resources, Conservation, and Recycling, 72, 2013, 1-8
  • M.J. Eckelman, M. Altonji, A. Clark, M. Jenkins, B. Lakin. "Life Cycle Environmental and Economic Assessment of Municipal Water Storage Options: Infrastructure Refurbishment Versus Replacement", ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, 2014 
  • M.J. Eckelman, Y. Arakaki, W.A. Ashton, K. Hanaki, L.C. Malone-Lee, S. Nagashima. "Island Waste Management and Industrial Ecology", Journal of Industrial Ecology 18 (2), 2014, 306-317
  • L. Soh, M. Montazeri, M.J. Eckelman, B. Haznedaroglu, J. Peccia, J.B. Zimmerman. "Evaluating Microalgal Integrated Biorefinery Schemes: Empirical Controlled Growth Studies and Life Cycle Assessment", Bioresource Technology 151, 2014, 19-27
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