Amanda Filie

Amanda Filie, Ph.D.

Associate
Materials & Corrosion Engineering
Natick
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Dr. Filie employs her expertise in chemical engineering and materials science to understand and solve problems for a variety of industries, including chemical, automotive, renewable energy, industrial processing and energy utilities industries. With ample experience working in interdisciplinary teams, she investigates issues with processes involving chemical reactions and mass and heat transport. Her primary consulting area consists of catalysts and catalytic processes applicable to industrial chemical manufacturing, value-added chemicals derived from biomass, abatement of automotive emissions, and electrochemical fuel cells. In the investigation of matters regarding catalyst performance, durability, fouling and failure, Dr. Filie performs advanced characterization of nanoscale materials using electron microscopy and X-ray spectroscopic methods.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Filie conducted research in heterogeneous catalysis during her doctoral studies at Harvard University. Her dissertation focused on the catalytic performance of dilute palladium-in-gold nanoparticles supported on silica for oxidation catalysis. She designed and executed the testing of catalyst materials in gas-phase flow reactors and accrued experience using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS/EDX), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). While at Harvard, she also developed and taught “Systems Thinking and Design to Address Human Challenges,” teaching students tools to analyze the interactions between elements of a system and facilitating their application to current societal challenges.

Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Filie held an internship in the chemical company Badische Anilin und Sodafabrik (BASF) leading design meetings and overseeing project execution for a wastewater management project and electrical grounding project. She also held research assistantships in heterogeneous catalysis working with zeolite materials for biomass decomposition and supported silver nanoparticles for ethylene epoxidation.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2021
  • M.S., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2019
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016 – 2021

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Publications

A. Filie, T. Shirman, A.C. Foucher, E.A. Stach, M. Aizenberg, J. Aizenberg, C.M. Friend, R.J. Madix, “Dilute Pd-in-Au alloy RCT-SiO2 catalysts for enhanced oxidative methanol coupling.” Journal of Catalysis 2021, accepted.

A. Filie, T. Shirman, M. Aizenberg, J. Aizenberg, C.M. Friend, R.J. Madix, “The dynamic behavior of dilute metallic alloy PdxAu1−x/SiO2 raspberry colloid templated catalysts under CO oxidation.” Catalysis Science & Technology 2021, 11, 4072–4082.

M. Luneau, T. Shirman, A. Filie, J. Timoshenko, W. Chen, A. Trimpalis, M. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, E. Kaxiras, A.I. Frenkel, J. Aizenberg, C.M. Friend, R.J. Madix. “Dilute Pd/Au Alloy Nanoparticles Embedded in Colloid-Templated Porous SiO2: Stable Au-Based Oxidation Catalysts.” Chemistry of Materials 2019, 31, 5759–5768.

S.C. Oh, T. Nguyendo, Y. He, A. Filie, Y. Wu, D.T. Tran, I.C. Lee, D. Liu. "External surface and pore mouth catalysis in hydrolysis of inulin over zeolites with different micropore topologies and mesoporosities." Catalysis Science & Technology, 2017, 7, 1153–1166.

Presentations

A. Filie, T. Shirman, A.C. Foucher, E.A. Stach, M. Aizenberg, J. Aizenberg, C. M. Friend, R.J. Madix. “Dilute Pd-in-Au Alloy RCT-SiO2 Catalysts for Enhanced Oxidative Methanol Coupling” at the 2021 Energy Frontier Research Centers Energy Innovation Hubs Computational Materials and Chemical Sciences Projects Principal Investigators’ Virtual Meeting, October 2021.

A. Filie, T. Shirman, A.C. Foucher, E.A. Stach, M. Aizenberg, J. Aizenberg, C. M. Friend, R.J. Madix. “Oxidative Methanol Coupling over PdxAu1-x RCT-SiO2” at the 2020 Virtual American Institute for Chemical Engineering Annual Meeting, November 2020.

Prior Experience

Researcher, Harvard University, 2017 – 2021

Researcher, University of Maryland at College Park, 2013 – 2015

Intern Engineer, Badische Anilin und Sodafabrik (BASF), Summer 2015

Researcher, University of Colorado at Boulder, Summer 2014

Co-Instructor, Systems Thinking and Design to Address Human Challenges, Harvard Extension School, Spring 2020

Teaching Fellow, Energy and Climate: Vision for the Future, Harvard University, Spring 2018

Teaching Fellow, Chemical and Biomolecular Separation Processes, University of Maryland at College Park, Spring 2016

Teaching Fellow, Chemical Kinetics and Reactor Design, University of Maryland at College Park, Fall 2015

Professional Affiliations

American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2021
  • M.S., Engineering Sciences, Harvard University, 2019
  • B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, 2016
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2016 – 2021

LANGUAGES

  • Portuguese
  • Italian
  • Spanish