A new way to store thermal energy

Friday, November 17, 2017 - 11:15am

In large parts of the developing world, people have abundant heat from the sun during the day, but most cooking takes place later in the evening when the sun is down, using fuel — such as wood, brush or dung — that is collected with significant time and effort.

Now, a new chemical...

2018 Forbes 30 Under 30

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 1:30pm

DMSE adds a few familiar faces to Forbes 30 Under 30.

Brent Keller, who is part of Jeff Grossman's group, was listed as one of Forbes 30 Under 30 for Manufacturing and Industry for co-founding Via Separations.


10 years of energy research at MIT

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 2:15pm

Q: What are some of the most significant research impacts the MIT energy community has made over the past decade?

A: While the horizon for the majority of energy research we do here at MIT is generally at least several decades, some researchers have already been able to translate their...

Researchers develop flexible, stretchable photonic devices

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 - 11:30am

Researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed a method for making photonic devices — similar to electronic devices but based on light rather than electricity — that can bend and stretch without damage. The devices could find uses in cables to connect computing devices, or in...

A good negotiator can be exactly who you are

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 3:00pm

Marol Escajeda ’17 is trained in materials science and engineering, yet she finds that success on the job pivots on her leadership and negotiation abilities. “Your skills have to extend beyond your technical field,” says Escajeda, a materials and processes engineer at the aerospace and defense...

Artificial intelligence aids materials fabrication

Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 9:45am

In recent years, research efforts such as the Materials Genome Initiative and the ...

2017 Fall Wulff Lecture

Monday, November 6, 2017 - 5:00pm

Fantastic Feather: Form and Function

When we think of birds, we think of feathers. Feathers give birds their color, from the bright red of a male Cardinal to the iridescent reds and greens of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. Feathers keep birds warm and dry: down provides...

New property found in unusual crystalline materials

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 9:15am

Most metals and semiconductors, from the steel in a knife blade to the silicon in a solar panel, are made up of many tiny crystalline grains. The way these grains meet at their edges can have a major impact on the solid’s properties, including mechanical strength, electrical conductivity,...

Hydrogel that extracts uranium from water wins MADMEC

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 4:15pm

An inexpensive hydrogel that can extract uranium from water to provide more fuel for nuclear power plants took home the grand prize from this year’s MADMEC competition on Oct. 10.

A team of MIT materials science and engineering students, named A Salt Solution, won $10,000 for a prototype...

Will metal supplies limit battery expansion?

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:30am

The dramatic rise in production of electric vehicles, coupled with expected growth in the use of grid-connected battery systems for storing electricity from renewable sources, raises a crucial question: Are there enough raw materials to enable significantly increased production of lithium-ion...