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The Engine announces investments in first group of startups

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - 10:45am

The Engine, founded last year by MIT, today announced investments in its first group of seven startups that are developing innovations poised for transformative impact on aerospace, renewable energy, synthetic biology, medicine, and other sectors. Amongst...

New minor in polymers and soft matter offered this fall

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 4:15pm

A new minor in Polymers and Soft Matter (MPSM) will be offered starting this fall in response to “the increasing need for knowledge of chemistry in materials-related fields,” according to Professor Jeremiah Johnson, founder and current advisor of MPSM.  

Polymers and soft matter, critical...

DMSE Ranks #1 for 9th Year

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:00am

MIT's DMSE ranked #1 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Program for Materials by U.S. News and World...

Comprehensive characterization of atmospheric organic carbon at a forested site

Monday, September 11, 2017 - 12:15pm

For a few weeks over the summer in 2011, teams of scientists from around the world converged on a small patch of ponderosa pine forest in Colorado to carry out one of the most detailed, extended surveys of atmospheric chemistry ever attempted in one place, in many cases using new measurement...

AFFOA offers special backpacks to class of 2021

Friday, September 1, 2017 - 11:00am

The class of 2021 received a special welcoming gift from MIT this year: specially designed backpacks created by Yoel Fink's Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA).

A unique code is woven into the fabric material of the backpack given to each first-year student. Unlike a QR code,...

Designing the Circular Economy

Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - 11:45am

In the circular economy, waste is minimized through reuse, reducing resource consumption by regeneratively cycling economic, natural, and social capital. By reducing this connection between production and consumption, a more sustainable balance can be reached in light of increasing populations...

Materials Day Symposium 2017

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 9:15am

Materials Day Symposium, 2017
October 11, 2017
8am - 6pm
Where: Kresge Auditorium (W16) and Stratton Student Center (W20)

Hosted annually by our friends at MPC, Materials Day includes a topical symposium followed by a student...

DMSE Ranked #1

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 11:30am

DMSE was ranked #1 in the ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2017 - Materials Science & Engineering.

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Krystyn Van Vliet named associate provost

Thursday, August 17, 2017 - 11:15am

Krystyn Van Vliet, an MIT professor in the departments of Materials Science and Engineering and Biological Engineering, with wide-ranging interests in research and innovation, has been named as the Institute’s new associate provost. She will assume this role on Sept. 1.

Van Vliet succeeds...

Researchers clarify mystery about proposed battery material

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 11:30am

Battery researchers agree that one of the most promising possibilities for future battery technology is the lithium-air (or lithium-oxygen) battery, which could provide three times as much power for a given weight as today’s leading technology, lithium-ion batteries. But tests of various...