Daphne Wui Yarn Chan is an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Chan’s research interests center around designing polymers to address global sustainability challenges. She earned her B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from John Hopkins University in 2013 and her
Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 2019. Under the supervision of Bradley Olsen at MIT, she developed strategies for designing engineering plastics from renewable protein feedstock and approaches for recycling waste tire rubber. From 2019 to 2022, she served as a postdoc with Marc Hillmyer at the University of Minnesota, where her research focused on self-assembled block polymers and their applications in ultrafiltration membranes.
Chan has earned several awards recognizing her research contributions, including the University of Minnesota’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship and the MIT Tata Center for Technology and Design Fellowship.