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Not stuck on silicon

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 2:00pm

A new technique developed by Jeehwan Kim and a team of researchers may vastly reduce the overall cost of wafer technology and enable devices made from more exotic, higher-performing semiconductor materials than conventional silicon.

The new method, reported today in Nature, uses graphene...

How some battery materials expand without cracking

Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 10:30am

A new paper from Yet-Ming Chiang in Nano Letters describes for the first time what happens in rechargeable lithium-ion and other battery electrodes when they expand and contract as the lithium ions move in and out during charging and discharging. This had been a mystery, since these materials...

MIT.nano has its first public showing

Monday, April 10, 2017 - 10:45am

The brand new, state-of-the-art MIT.nano building had its first public showing recently. The new building promises to be an enormously influential toolbox for many MIT departments, especially DMSE. Faculty and other researchers are excited for its completion slated for 2018.

Krystyn Van...

Researchers “iron out” graphene’s wrinkles

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 1:00pm

Jeehwan Kim has a PNAS paper in which he confirms that a technique he previously developed does indeed create single domain graphene, meaning graphene that uniformly conducts electrons....

DMSE Leads Largest Project in $35M Toyata Grant

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 10:15am

"Three MIT-affiliated research teams will receive about $10M in funding as part of a $35M materials science discovery program launched by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI)." - MIT News

Professors Jeffrey Grossman and Yang Shao-Horn will lead the largest funded project focused on the...

Stretching the boundaries of neural implants

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 1:15pm

New flexible fibers developed by Professor Polina Anikeeva and her research team are able to stimulate and monitor neurons in the spine without being invasive. 

"Now, researchers have developed a rubber-like fiber that can flex and stretch while simultaneously delivering both optical...

Spring 2017 Wulff Lecture: Dr. Dan Button

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 4:30pm

Start-Ups in Materials: If you're not on the edge, you're taking up too much space...

Building materials-based companies can change the world and generate tremendous financial ­reward—but it’s hard. 

Consider this a chance to learn...

Prof. Anikeeva joing panel on CrowdScience

Friday, March 24, 2017 - 2:15pm

Our own Professor Polina Anikeeva was recently on a panel for CrowdScience on the BBC World Service. This episode was about Science at the Movies.

"Can we really live on Mars? Or exist in a virtual world? And why does movie science sometimes have us shouting at the screen? Our panel of...

US News ranks DMSE #1 Graduate Program

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 12:45pm

US News and World Report has again ranked DMSE the best graduate materials program in the country! 
We are so proud that the great work from our faculty and students is recognized.

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Iodine may protect batteries

Saturday, March 11, 2017 - 12:45pm

"Researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University are studying a new kind of electrolyte for “self-healing” lithium battery cells, which will be formed by adding a halide element such as iodine, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The...