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Opportunities for materials innovation abound

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 3:30pm

An era of rapid evolution of structures and devices driven by new capabilities in machine learning, nanoscale experiments, and economic modeling is unfolding, MIT materials researchers revealed during the annual Industrial Liaison Program (...

A new concept for thermal energy storage

Friday, November 30, 2018 - 10:00am

More than half of all the energy used to power mechanical, chemical, and other processes is expelled into the environment as heat. Power plants, car engines, and industrial processes, for example, produce vast amounts of heat but use a relatively small fraction of it to actually do work. And...

What happens when materials take tiny hits

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 11:45am

When tiny particles strike a metal surface at high speed — for example, as coatings being sprayed or as micrometeorites pummeling a space station — the moment of impact happens so fast that the details of process haven’t been clearly understood, until now.

A team of researchers at MIT has...

The Electrochemical Materials Lab aims to develop the multifunctional materials of the future

Thursday, November 29, 2018 - 10:45am

Scientists and industry leaders alike have hypothesized that we are reaching the limits of our ability to design faster computational systems using traditional hardware like transistors. While quantum computing is a tantalizing solution to this problem, the technology is not yet ready for the...

Ayr Muir, DMSE Alum, Presents at 2018 Science and Cooking Lecture

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 2:00pm

Clover Food Lab founder/CEO Ayr Muir joins famed chefs like Massimo Bottura and Wylie Dufresne as part of the 2018 Science and Cooking public lecture series at Harvard University. His focus? Using materials science to build more flavorful...

2018 Glass Lab Holiday Sale

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 11:15am

The MIT Glass Lab's 2018 Holiday Sale is on:
Monday, December 10 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and 
Tuesday, December 11 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
in Lobby 10: enter at 77 Massachusetts Ave, walk straight...

New research center based in Minnesota to explore spintronics materials for advanced computing

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 11:15am

Newswise — MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/13/2018) — The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering announced today that it will lead and house a new $10.3 million Center for Spintronic Materials in Advanced Information Technologies (SMART) focused on novel materials for advanced...

Course 3 Senior Internship / Thesis Presentations

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 11:00am

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Extending the life of low-cost, compact, lightweight batteries

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 11:00am

Metal-air batteries are one of the lightest and most compact types of batteries available, but they can have a major limitation: When not in use, they degrade quickly, as corrosion eats away at their metal electrodes. Now, MIT researchers have found a way to substantially reduce that corrosion,...

Ellen Swallow Richards: A One-Woman Parade of Firsts

Thursday, November 8, 2018 - 10:45am

Chemist and engineer was MIT’s first female student and faculty member

“I wish I were triplets,” Ellen Swallow said as a newly arrived but belated Vassar College undergraduate, dreaming at 25 of making up for lost time. By the time she died at 68 of heart disease in 1911, she had built a...