Joseph Priestley Society: T. Alan Hatton

Joseph Priestley Society
Thursday, November 10, 2016
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join us as T. Alan Hatton, Ralph Landau Professor, David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, presents the 2016–2017 Ralph Connor Memorial Lecture.

Hatton will deliver a luncheon address entitled Mens et Manus: One Hundred Years of MIT’s School of Chemical Engineering Practice.” He will describe the colorful history of the program, leading up to the school’s Centennial Celebrations this fall, and speculate on what the future may hold.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m.
    Networking Reception
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. 
    Keynote Address

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series explores topics in science, technology, and industry through professional networking receptions and lectures by industry leaders.

The Ralph Connor Memorial Lecture was created by the Science History Institute to showcase periodic addresses on the role of research in the development of technology and industry by eminent practitioners in the chemical and molecular sciences.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert at 215.873.8263 or


About the Speaker

T. Alan Hatton

T. Alan Hatton

T. Alan Hatton is the Ralph Landau Professor and director of the David H. Koch School of Chemical Engineering Practice at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and codirector of the MIT Energy Initiative Center for Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage. He holds an honorary professorial fellow position at the University of Melbourne and is an adjunct professor at Curtin University in Perth, Western Australia. 

Hatton has published widely in the areas of self-assembly of surfactants and block copolymers; synthesis and functionalization of magnetic nanoparticles and metal-organic frameworks for chemical, biological, and environmental separations and catalysis; and the exploitation of stimuli-responsive materials for chemical and pharmaceutical processing applications. His most recent focus has been on electrochemically mediated CO2 capture and conversion, and on electro-swing sorption processes for trace contaminants of emerging concern in water supplies.

Hatton was born in Durban, South Africa, and after a mandated stint with the South African Field Artillery, he obtained his BSc (Hons) and MSc degrees in chemical engineering at the University of Natal, Durban. He then worked at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria for three years before attending the University of Wisconsin, Madison, to obtain his PhD. 

The Practice School has been a defining part of Hatton’s career, as he is now beginning his 28th year of a three-year appointment as the program’s director.