PITTSBURGH (Aug. 12, 2019) — The University of Pittsburgh’s
Swanson School of Engineering announced that Thomas Schutzius, PhD, will join
the Chemical and Petroleum Engineering faculty as assistant professor.
Dr. Schutzius is currently the group leader of Interfacial
and Micro-Nanoscale Transport Phenomenon and Thermodynamics at ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of
Technology in Zurich, Switzerland. His research intersects multiple fields,
including energy, surface science and engineering, and thermofluidics. He
investigates how material properties can be engineered to beneficially interact
with micro- and nano-scale and interfacial transport phenomena. For example,
recent work developed a nanoscale-thick coating made from gold and titanium
dioxide that could concentrate solar energy and aid in windshield defrosting.
“We were blown away by Tom’s expertise and research in his
field,” says Steven Little, professor and chair of the Department of Chemical
and Petroleum Engineering. “He has developed innovative processes for
developing nanotechnology and novel materials that are highly impactful in
fields ranging from the water-energy nexus to healthcare. He will be an
excellent addition to our faculty.”
Dr. Schutzius has published 31 peer-reviewed papers, many of
which have been published in top journals, including Nature, the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and the American Chemical Society (ACS)
Nano. He currently has five U.S. non-provisional patents for his work.
His research has also been featured in the media, including New
Scientist, the New
York Times, the Nature
Podcast and PBS
Dr. Schutzius earned his bachelor of science and doctorate
in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois in Chicago. He
completed a postdoctoral fellowship at ETH Zurich before his appointment as
group leader there.
Maggie Pavlick, 8/12/2019
Contact: Maggie Pavlick