W. Carter

POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering
MacVicar Faculty Fellow
BS University of California, Berkeley, 1983
MS University of California, Berkeley, 1987
PhD University of California, Berkeley, 1989
Room 13-4053


(617) 253-6048


  • Computational Materials Science
  • Energy
  • Energy Storage


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.

Ellen Swallow Richards, MIT’s first alumna, was the wife of Robert H. Richards, the first head of Course III.