Chemical and Biochemical EngineeringWestern Engineering

Michael Boutilier

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering; cross appointed to the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering

PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Computation, MIT (2017)
MASc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo (2011)
BASc in Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo (2009)


Michael received his PhD in mechanical engineering and computation from MIT where he majored in thermal-fluids engineering and minored in nanoscale science and technology. His doctoral research focused on developing graphene membranes for gas separation and on the invention of xylem water filters.

He obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo, where he researched airfoil operation at low Reynolds numbers. After completing his PhD, he worked as a conductor etch product engineer at Lam Research before joining the Mechanosynthesis Group at MIT as a postdoctoral associate. There, he conducted research on carbon nanotube technology for electroadhesion and high resolution, nanoporous flexographic printing.