De-icing windshields, new materials science applications

May 28, 2013

The Boston Globe writes about a new collaboration between Prof. Jeff Grossman and BMW: 

The engineers in Jeffrey Grossman’s MIT laboratory are working on creating a solar thermal fuel—a fuel triggered by light to store energy, which can then release that energy in the form of heat. Instead of thinking of the solar thermal fuel as a literal fuel, however, MIT has teamed up with German car maker, BMW, to examine the possibility of embedding the fuel in a windshield and using its heat generating capabilities to rapidly and efficiently clear windshields in winter.


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