When tiny particles strike a metal surface at high speed — for example, as coatings being sprayed or as micrometeorites pummeling a space station — the moment of impact happens so fast that the details of process haven’t been clearly understood, until now.
Researchers quickly harvest 2-D materials, bringing them closer to commercialization
Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 3:45pm
Since the 2003 discovery of the single-atom-thick carbon material known as graphene, there has been significant interest in other types of 2-D materials as well.
Thursday, September 13, 2018 - 3:30pm
The vast majority of computing devices today are made from silicon, the second most abundant element on Earth, after oxygen. Silicon can be found in various forms in rocks, clay, sand, and soil.
Healing Deeper Flaws in Metal
Thursday, September 20, 2018 - 2:30pm
Surface scratches are one thing, but what if materials could heal deeper flaws too? Research into self-healing metals, a completely different material, is also yielding promising results at an early stage.
Two faculty members with expertise in materials characterization to join DMSE in 2018-19
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 12:45pm
Dr. Frances M. Ross and Prof. James M. LeBeau have recently accepted offers to join the MIT faculty in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering.
Please join us in welcoming them to DMSE and to MIT!
Getting to the heart of carbon nanotube clusters
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - 11:00am
Integrating nanoscale fibers such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs) into commercial applications, from coatings for aircraft wings to heat sinks for mobile computing, requires them to be produced in large scale and at low cost.
New technique allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells
Thursday, December 21, 2017 - 11:15am
The worldwide quest by researchers to find better, more efficient materials for tomorrow’s solar panels is usually slow and painstaking. Researchers typically must produce lab samples — which are often composed of multiple layers of different materials bonded together — for extensive testing.
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.
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.
Fast-moving magnetic particles could enable new form of data storage
Monday, October 2, 2017 - 3:15pm
New research from the Beach Group has shown that an exotic kind of magnetic behavior discovered just a few years ago holds great promise as a way of storing data — one that could overcome fundamental limits that might otherwise be signaling the end of “Moore’s Law,” which describes the ongoing im