Education

  • Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • M.Eng Environmental Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2014
  • M.S. Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2010
  • B.S. Mechanical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University, 2009

Background

Marta Hatzell is an Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to starting at Georgia Tech in August of 2015, she was a Post-Doctoral researcher in the Department of Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Campaign. During her post doc, she worked in the Braun Research group on research at the interface between colloid science and electrochemistry. She completed her PhD at Penn state University in the Logan Research Group. Her PhD explored environmental technology for energy generation and water treatment. During graduate school she was an NSF and PEO Graduate Research Fellow.

Currently her research group focuses on exploring the sustainable catalysis and separations, with applications spanning from solar energy conversion to desalination. She is an active member of the American Chemical Society, the Electrochemical Society, ASEEP, and ASME. Dr. Hatzell was awarded the NSF Early CAREER award in 2019 for her work on distributed solar-fertilizers, attended the 2019 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium through the National Academy of Engineering, and was awarded the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships in Chemistry. 

Research Areas and Descriptors

Combustion and Energy Systems, Electrochemical energy conversion, generation, and storage, Hydrogen production, Renewable energy, Waste conversion, Waste heat recovery, Desalination, Water treatment, Electrochemical energy production from natural and engineered salinity gradients