Lagnajit Pattanaik

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Graduate Student



Originally born in India, I moved to the United States at age five, eventually settling in Dublin, Ohio. As a high school student, I worked in Dr. John Lannuti’s lab at The Ohio State University investigating the effects of sintering temperature on the mechanical properties of electrospun polycaprolactone. My newfound curiosity for independent research combined with my interest in chemistry and math informed my decision to pursue chemical engineering at OSU. There, under the tutelage of Dr. Nicholas Brunelli, I developed catalysts for the isomerization of glucose to fructose and the dehydration of fructose to HMF. During my summers, I held two internships at Owens Corning developing high R-value insulation and studying multifunctional nonwoven materials.

I’m currently pursuing a Ph.D. jointly advised by the Green and Jensen groups. My interests primarily lie in the application of machine learning to computer-aided synthesis planning. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball and the drums.