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Felice Frankel: Creating images to explain science concepts

Friday, July 14, 2017 - 10:45am

Producing images powerful enough to be selected for the covers of major research journals is nothing new for Felice Frankel: She’s being doing it for decades with great success. But now, she’s extending that approach, using a growing arsenal of visual tools and techniques as she works with...

Study suggests route to improving rechargeable lithium batteries

Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 10:45am

Most of today’s lithium-ion batteries, which power everything from cars to phones, use a liquid as the electrolyte between two electrodes. Using a solid electrolyte instead could offer major advantages for both safety and energy storage capacity, but attempts to do this have faced unexpected...

3 Questions: Angela Belcher and Kristala Prather on the promise of energy bioscience

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 11:45am

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) continues to develop and expand its eight Low-Carbon Energy Centers, which facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration among MIT researchers, industry, and government to advance research in technology areas critical to addressing climate change. Here, the...

Converging on cancer at the nanoscale

Monday, July 10, 2017 - 2:15pm

This summer, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT marks the first anniversary of the launch of the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine.

The Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine focuses on grand challenges in cancer detection, treatment, and monitoring that can...

A new way of extracting copper

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 10:30am

MIT researchers have identified the proper temperature and chemical mixture to selectively separate pure copper and other metallic trace elements from sulfur-based minerals using molten electrolysis. This one-step, environmentally friendly process simplifies metal production and eliminates the...

Olivetti Group Publishes Paper in MURJ

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 10:15am

DMSE's Olivetti Group makes an appearance in MURJ, the MIT Undergraduate Research Journal, for a paper titled Assessing the Criticality of Germanium as a Byproduct. Pg. 40-42

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School of Engineering awards for 2017

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:00pm

Lorna Gibson, the Matoula S. Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and a professor of mechanical engineering, won the Bose Award for Excellence in Teaching, given to a faculty member whose contributions have been characterized by dedication, care, and creativity.

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Rob Macfarlane honored with NSF CAREER Award and ACS Unilever Award

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:45am

Congratulations to Professor Rob Macfarlane, who was recently named the 2017 Unilever Award Winner for Outstanding Young Investigator in Colloid & Surfactant Science! 

Professor Macfarlane was also named a 2017 NSF CAREER Award winner earlier this year for his proposal titled...

A noninvasive method for deep brain stimulation

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 9:15am

Delivering an electrical current to a part of the brain involved in movement control has proven successful in treating many Parkinson’s disease patients. This approach, known as deep brain stimulation, requires implanting electrodes in the brain — a complex procedure that carries some risk to...

Taking Materials to Extremes

Wednesday, June 21, 2017 - 11:00am

Lithium-air batteries are the Holy Grail in the worldwide quest for better batteries, because they can store energy at very high densities, at least in theory. On the downside, they suffer from high losses in energy conversion and other drawbacks. Ju Li’s MIT research group, however, has...