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Faculty Profile

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

  • 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

Related News

February 24, 2015

CIV Mehrdad Sasani, David Fannon, Matthias Ruth, & Matthew Eckelman were awarded a $1.1M NSF grant for “A Decision and Design Framework for Multi-Hazard Resilient and Sustainable Buildings”

January 23, 2015

CEE Assistant Professor Matthew Eckelman was awarded a $503K NSF CAREER award for “Building Chemical Synthesis Networks for Life Cycle Hazard Modeling”

October 14, 2014

The research of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Matthew Eckelman and CEE Graduate Student Mithun Saha was recently featured in The Boston Globe .