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Michael A. Matthews

Phone 803.777.0556
Fax 803.777.9597

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301 Main Street
3A03A Swearingen
Chemical Engineering
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208

Michael A. Matthews

Professor of Chemical Engineering
Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education
Adjunct Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellow of the American Chemical Society

Professor Matthews's research group applies principles of thermodynamics, transport phenomena, and kinetics with a view toward more green and sustainable methods of chemical and material manufacturing.

Two major research thrusts are underway in his group. The first deals with applications of supercritical carbon dioxide for biomedical applications. Funding from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has focused on development of novel technology for sterilization and disinfection of synthetic and natural biomaterials. Funding from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is aimed at abatement of indoor allergenic proteins and other respiratory hazards.

The second thrust is in utilization of chemical hydrides as a hydrogen storage medium, with application in PEM fuel cells. Funding from NSF and DOE has led to expanded understanding of the role of deliquescence in the reaction between water vapor and sodium borohydride. In addition, improved understanding of the hydration states of the reaction products is important in decreasing the total water utilization in this reaction.


  • Ph. D., Texas A & M University ( 1986 )
  • M. S., Texas A & M University ( 1984 )
  • B. S., Texas A & M University ( 1979 )

Selected Publications

  • "Vapor phase batch hydrolysis of NaBH4 at elevated temperature and pressure," Hong Liu, Christopher Boyd, Amy Beaird, and Michael A. Matthews, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 36( 11 ), 6472 - 6477, 2011
  • "Hydrolysis of sodium borohydride in concentrated aqueous solution," Lin Yu and Michael A. Matthews, Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 36( 13 ), 7416 - 7422, 2011
  • "Thermal dehydration and vibrational spectra of hydrated sodium metaborates," Amy Beaird, Ping Li, Hilary Marsh, Wissam Al Saidi, Karl Johnson, Michael A. Matthews and Christopher Williams, I&EC Research, 50( 13 ), 7746 - 7753, 2011
  • "Deliquescence in the hydrolysis of sodium borohydride by water vapor," Amy M. Beaird, Thomas A. Davis, Michael A. Matthews, I&EC Research, 49, 9599 - 9696, 2010
  • "Phase equilibrium for surfactant Ls-54 in liquid CO2 with water and solubility estimation using the Peng-Robinson equation of state," Pedro Tarafa and Michael A. Matthews, Fluid Phase Equilibria, 298, 212 - 218, 2010
  • "Removing endotoxin from metallic biomaterials with carbon dioxide-based surfactant mixture," Pedro Tarafa, Eve Williams, Samir Panvelker, Jian Zhang, and Michael A. Matthews, J. Supercritical Fluids, 55, 1052 - 1058, 2011
  • "Compressed carbon dioxide ( CO2 ) for decontamination of biomaterials and tissue scaffolds," Pedro J. Tarafa, Aidaris Jiménez, Jian Zhang, and Michael A. Matthews, J. Supercritical Fluids, 53, 192 - 199, 2010
  • "Supercritical Fluid Pasteurization and Food Safety," Sara Spilimbergo, Michael A. Matthews, and Claudio Cinquemani, In Alternatives to Conventional Food Processing, Andrew Proctor, Ed. Royal Society of Chemistry, Green Chemistry Series, 2010
  • "Fostering an Active Learning Environment for Undergraduates: Peer-to-Peer Interactions in a Research Group," Christopher E. Long, Michael A. Matthews, and Nancy S. Thompson, Chem. Eng. Education, 2007. Winner of the 2007 ASEE / AIChE Division William Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education

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