PI: Fikile Brushett

PhD Student

Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 2018

Alexander Quinn is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering at MIT. His research focuses on electrochemically performing (de)hydrogenation reactions on liquid organic molecules for hydrogen transport and energy storage purposes. More generally, he is interested in the ongoing transition to renewable energies and the climate crisis. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, an MIT Presidential Graduate Fellow, and is supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Minority Ph.D. (MPHD) Program. Alex received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Minor in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. His past experiences in the energy realm include battery research at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


  • Quinn, Alexander, Helio Moutinho, Francois Usseglio-Viretta, Ankit Verma, Kandler Smith, Matthew Keyser, and Donal Finegan. ” Electron backscatter diffraction for investigating lithium-ion particle architectures.” CR-PHYS-SCI-D-20-00062.
  • Finegan, Donal P., Alexander Henry Quinn, David Wragg, Andrew Colclasure, Xuekun Lu, Chun Tan, Thomas Heenan et al. “Spatial dynamics of lithiation and lithium plating during high-rate operation of graphite electrodes.” Energy & Environmental Science (2020).
  • Quinn, Alexander, Yil-Hwan You, and Michael J. McShane. “Hydrogel Microdomain Encapsulation of Stable Functionalized Silver Nanoparticles for SERS pH and Urea Sensing.” Sensors 19.16 (2019): 3521.


  • MIT Presidential Graduate Fellow – 09/2019
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship – 04/2019
  • Academic Excellence Award – A&M Dept. of Chemical Engineering – 12/2018
  • Undergraduate Research Award – A&M Dept. of Chemical Engineering – 12/2018
  • Outstanding Achievement Award – National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – 08/2018