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College of Engineering and Computing

Faculty and Staff

Michael A. Matthews

Title: Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Department: Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering and Computing
Phone: 803-777-0556
Fax: 803-777-9597

Room 3A01K 
301 Main Street    
Columbia, SC 29208

Resources: CV of Dr. Matthews
Headshot of Dr. Mike Matthews

Experience and Education

  • Associate Dean, 2011-present
  • Department Chair Chemical Engineering, 2007-2011
  • Professor Chemical Engineering, 2001-present
  • Ph.D., Texas A & M University, 1986
  • M.S., Texas A & M University, 1984
  • B.S., Texas A & M University, 1979


Professor Mike Matthews obtained his Ph.D. in 1986 from Texas A&M University. He joined the University of South Carolina in 1994. He teaches and conducts research in the broad field of thermodynamics, with projects related to hydrogen storage in chemical hydrides, biomedical engineering, and green chemistry. He has raised over $5M in research funding and has published approximately 70 journal papers. He has served as department chair, associate dean, and chair of the Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Division of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Currently he serves on the Committee on Environmental Improvement of ACS. He is a Fellow both of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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. Dr. Matthews founded CarboNix LLC with the aid of three SBIR grants from the NIEHS.

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.

Selected Publications

  • Kinetic modeling of self-hydrolysis of aqueous NaBH4 solutions by model-based isoconversional method. Rajasree  Retnamma,  A. Q Novais, Carmen M. Rangel, Lin  Yu, Michael  A Matthews. Int. J. Hydrogen Energy (to appear), 2014.
  • A reactor model for hydrogen generation from sodium borohydride and water vapor, L. Yu, M.A. Matthews,Int. J. Hydrogen Energy,39,  3830-3836, 2014.
  • Kinetic Models of Concentrated NaBH4 Hydrolysis,L. Yu, Perry Pellechia, M.A. Matthews,  Int. J. Hydrogen Energy, 39, 442-448,2014.
  • Deliquescence of NaBH4 from Density Functional Theory and Experiments. Ping Li, Lin Yu, M.A. Matthews, Wissam A. Saidi, and J. Karl Johnson, I&EC Research, 13849-13861, 52(38), 2013.
  • Synthesis of Carbonyl Compounds from Alcohols Using Electrochemically Generated Superoxide Ions in RTILs, P. Sethupathy, I.M. Alnashef, J.R. Monnier, M.A. Matthews, J.W. Weidner, Synthetic Commun, 42,  3632-3647, 2012.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  • BMEN 101-Professional Development and Ethics I
  • BMEN 302-Professional Development and Ethics II
  • BMEN 795-Biomedical Engineering Literature
  • BMEN 798-Biomedical Engineering Seminar
  • BMEN 898-BMEN Doctoral Seminar

New Courses Developed

  • The Graduate Student as Scholar  (SC Graduate College elective)
  • Engineering research methods  (SC Honors College elective)
  • Introduction to biomedical engineering   (interdisciplinary elective)
  • Environmentally conscious manufacturing   (interdisciplinary elective)
  • BMEN 101, 202, and 302. Professional Development and Ethics courses for undergraduate biomedical engineers
  • BMEN 795, 798, and 898. Professional Development, Ethics, and Critical thinking courses for graduate students

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 2014
  • American Chemical Society, Committee on Environmental Improvement. Affiliate member, 2012-present
  • Fellow of the American Chemical Society, 2011
  • Sloan Faculty Mentor of the Year (one of five). The Compact for Faculty Diversity, 2011
  • ASEE/Chemical Engineering Division 2007 William Corcoran Award for Best Paper in Chemical Engineering Education

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