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How to bend and stretch a diamond

Friday, April 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Diamond is well-known as the strongest of all natural materials, and with that strength comes another tightly linked property: brittleness. But now, an international team of researchers from MIT, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea has found that when grown in extremely tiny, needle-like shapes,...

MIT Clean Energy Prize rewards student innovation

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 2:15pm

On April 13, Lithio Storage, a team from Tufts University and Northwestern University, took home the $100,000 grand prize at the MIT Clean Energy Prize (CEP) for tackling one major challenge for grid-scale energy storage:...

Self-healing metal oxides could protect against corrosion

Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 11:30am

Researchers have found that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can, when applied in sufficiently thin layers, deform as if it were a liquid, filling any cracks and gaps as they form.

The thin coating layer should be especially useful to prevent leakage of tiny molecules that can...

A new way to find better battery materials

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 11:15am

A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells, researchers say.

The new approach relies...

2018 Wulff Lecture: Mark Miodownik

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 1:30pm

21st-century materials science i snow making possible a world where buildings harvest their own energy, bridges repair themselves, clothes increase life expectancy by monitoring health. But many alternative realities are possible, each driven by different cultural and economic forces. We could...

From building batteries to combating cancer: How Angela Belcher puts viruses to work

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:30am

By gaining fine control over the nanostructure of various materials, Angela Belcher is trying to solve problems in medicine, energy, and the environment. These virus-based production processes run in water at low temperatures and low pressures, so they’re naturally more environmentally friendly...

Cima takes on new role to promote innovation

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 11:15am

Michael J. Cima has been named co-director of the MIT Innovation Initiative and associate dean of innovation for the School of Engineering.

Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, will begin his new roles on March 1. He will also continue as faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT...

2018 QS World University Rankings: DMSE #1

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 1:30pm

DMSE was ranked #1 by the 2018 QS World University Rankings for the subject of materials science.

11 other subjects from MIT were ranked #1 in their subject areas, including: Architecture/Built Environment; Linguistics; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Computer...

MIT expands partnership with Imperial College London

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 2:45pm

Building on the success of existing partnerships, MIT’s Global Education and Career Development (GECD) is significantly expanding its academic exchange with Imperial College London, while continuing to grow the Imperial summer research exchange. Twelve MIT departments will now take part in one...

Study reveals why polymer stents failed

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:30am

MIT Researchers in DMSE and the Institute for Medical Engineering have discovered why biodegradable polymer stents failed over time, hoping to eventually design and evaluate polymer stents more effectively. Jeff Grossman is among several MIT-based authors in a paper that appears in the ...