Carnegie Mellon University Department of Chemistry
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Hunaid B. Nulwala

Assistant Research Professor

Carnegie Mellon University

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office: MI 725A

Faculty & Research

Hunaid B. Nulwala

Assistant Research Professor

Research Areas

Ionic materials, polymer chemistry, polymer science, gas separations, carbon capture, structure-property relationship of poly(ionic liquid)s and polymers

Research in our group is focused on accessing targeted materials with specific properties using the concept of ‘click chemistry’. We target reactions which are well understood and can be scaled-up if desired. This synthetic approach allows us to access and manipulate materials of interest easily. All materials developed are generally targeted towards energy related applications.

Our research endeavors includes materials development for gas separation, green solvents, coatings, and electrolytes.

The materials that have been developed in our lab are highly varied; including, traditional polymers, ionic liquids, poly(ionic liquid)s, and inorganic polymers. We work very closely with industry, academia, and government research laboratories.

Education and Appointments
Years Position or Degree
2013–present Assistant Research Professor, Carnegie Mellon University
2013–present Task Technical Coordinator for transformational technologies at National Energy Technology laboratory (U.S. DoE)
2011–present Faculty-Research University Alliance ‒National Energy Technology Laboratory
2011–2013 Special Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University
2010-2011 ORISE Post-Doctoral Fellow, National Energy Technology laboratory
2009 Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara (Prof. C. Hawker, Thesis Advisor)
2004–2005 Research Chemist, General Electric
2001–2004 Chemist (Co-op), Eastman Kodak Company
2004 B.S., Rochester Institute of Technology
1996 B. Com., University of Karachi
Awards and Distinctions
Years Award
2009 Recognition for outstanding dedication to Educational Outreach
2009 Materials Research Laboratory Travel Fellowship
2007 Materials Research Laboratory Travel Award
Selected Publications

Adzima, B. J.; Taylor, S. C.; He, H.; Luebke, D. R.; Matyjaszewski, K.; Nulwala, H. B. J. Polym. Sci. Part A Polym. Chem. 2014, 52, 417–423.

Yan, F.; Lartey, M.; Damodaran, K.; Albenze, E.; Thompson, R. L.; Kim, J.; Haranczyk, M.; Nulwala, H. B.; Luebke, D. R.; Smit, B. Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2013, 15, 3264–3272.

Thompsona, R.; Damodaran, K.; Luebke, D.; Nulwala, H. SYNLETT Lett. 2013.

Nulwala, H. B.; Tang, C. N.; Kail, B. W.; Damodaran, K.; Kaur, P.; Wickramanayake, S.; Shi, W.; Luebke, D. R. Green Chem. 2011, 13, 3345.

Nulwala, H. B.; Takizawa, K.; Thibault, R. J.; Taft, B. R.; Lipshutz, B. H.; Hawker, C. J.; Odukale, A.; Khan, A. Macromolecules  2009, 42, 6068–6074.