W. Craig Carter




Professor W. Craig Carter came to MIT with a research focus in the application of theoretical and computational materials science to microstructural evolution and the relations between material properties and microstructure. He places particular emphasis on the physical analysis of complex processes when possible and the development of numerical algorithms and codes when microstructural simulation is required, and in recent years he has brought his interests and skills to the science of battery materials and the electro-chemo-mechanics of phase transitions and fracture of battery electrodes. He and Professor Yet-Ming Chiang have developed a flow battery that utilizes co-suspensions of solid state electrode and electronically conductive particulates. They co-founded a company, 24M, to produce grid scale energy storage soluntions.

Professor Carter is recognized as one of DMSE's most innovative instructors. He is a MacVicar Fellow and has received the MIT School of Engineering Bose Teaching Award. His use of Mathematica in the classroom was honored with a Wolfram Innovator Award.

With Prof. Neri Oxman of the MIT Media Lab, he has collaborated on several projects that incorporate aspects of materials science, natural design, and mythology. Their work has been shown in exhibitions and added to the permanent collections of  the MoMA, the Smithsonian, and the Pompidou Center.

Selected Publications

Kinetics of Materials, John Wiley and Sons, September 2005 (with Profs. Robert W. Balluffi and Samuel M. Allen).

M. Duduta, B.Y. Ho, V.C. Wood, P. Limthongkul, V.E. Brunini, W.C. Carter, Y.-M. Chiang, “Semi-Solid Lithium Rechargeable Flow Battery,” Adv. Energy Mater., 1[4] 511–516 ( July 2011)

M. Drozdov, Y. Kauffmann, W.C. Carter, W.D. Kaplan, “Shape-Controlled Nanopores in Single Crystals,” Nanotechnology 21, (Nov. 2010).

V. Sharma, D.Y. Xia, C C. Wong, W.C. Carter, Y.-M. Chiang, “Templated Self-Assembly of Non-Close-Packed Colloidal Crystals: Toward Diamond Cubic and Novel Heterostructures,” Journal of Materials Research 26, 247 (Jan. 2011).

Y.H. Kao et al., “Overpotential-Dependent Phase Transformation Pathways in Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Electrodes,” Chemistry of Materials 22, 5845 (Nov. 2010).

W.C. Carter, “STRUCTURE PREDICTIONS The Genetics of Grain Boundaries,” Nature Materials 9, 383 (May 2010).

Meethong, N., Kao, Y.-H., Tang, M., Huang, H.-Y., Carter, W.C., Chiang, Y.-M., "Electrochemically Induced Phase Transformation in Nanoscale Olivines Li1-xMPO4 (M = Fe, Mn)," Chemistry of Materials, 20 (19): 6189–6198, OCT. 14, 2008.

Rajter, R.F., French, R.H., Ching, W.Y., Carter, W.C., Chiang, Y.-M., "Calculating van der Waals-London dispersion spectra and Hamaker coefficients of carbon nanotubes in water from ab initio optical properties," Journal of Applied Physics, 101 (5): Art. No. 054303, MAR. 1, 2007.

Tang, M., Carter, W.C., Cannon, R.M., " Grain boundary transitions in binary alloys," Physical Review Letters, 97 (7): Art. No. 075502, AUG. 18, 2006.

Related News

Professor Carter wins Big Screw contest
Professor Craig Carter and 3.016 are the triumphant winners of APO's Big Screw competition.
May 2, 2012
Cambridge Crude in Scientific American
The cover story of the Dec.
December 14, 2011
New advances in battery design
MIT researchers have developed a new technique to recharge batteries more quickly, using an innovative architecture called a semi-solid flow cell, in which solid particles are suspended in a carrie
June 6, 2011
DMSE Faculty use new methods to understand old materials
A computational approach to materials science and engineering could bring new properties even to familiar substances such as concrete and steel.
October 28, 2009
MIT Researchers use computational tools to produce performance-based design
Working with Prof. W. Craig Carter, Neri Oxman is designing art and architecture that draws from the way nature works.
May 13, 2009
MRS Lunch n Lecture Feb. 24
The DMSE Community is invited to the first Lunch N Lecture* of the Spring semester with Professor Craig Carter. Pizza and refreshments will be served!
February 23, 2009

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