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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.

These materials could be stacked together like Lego bricks to form a range of devices with different functions, including...

2018 MADMEC Results

Thursday, October 11, 2018 - 10:00am

Technology that uses light to clean water filtration systems in real time won the 2018 MADMEC competition on Oct. 9.

The team that developed the system, Fiat Flux, received the...

Anikeeva menitoned as a "hero of science" for unlocking the brain

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 2:45pm

Five foot three and compact as a gazelle, Anikeeva is a marathon runner, a rock climber, and one heck of a scientist. She was born to a pair of mechanical engineers in the former Soviet Union, where she so excelled at academics that she was moved to an elite high school, then majored in physics...

Takian Fakhrul, Grad Student with the Ross Group, researching photonics

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 2:45pm

When Takian Fakhrul was a young girl, her father, then a graduate student in materials science at the University of Manchester, would bring her along to his lab. During these visits, she would peek at structures under the microscopes or watch him polish newly synthesized materials. And she just...

Ferrimagnets speed up racetrack memories

Monday, September 24, 2018 - 2:45pm

Spintronics devices, which exploit the spin of an electron as well as its charge, could be ideal for use in high-density data storage devices and for next generation information processing. One promising technology involves using magnetic solitons, such as nanoscale domain walls and magnetic...

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. The idea is to create metals that can better cope with the repeated pressures of daily use...

Frances Ross wins Hatsujiro Hashimoto Medal of IFSM

Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 2:30pm

Frances Ross was the recipient of the 2018 Hatsujiro Hashimoto Medal of from the International Federation of Societies for Microscopy. Congratulations! 

See the full list of awards and winners here.

Transparent Graphene

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. And while it is not the best semiconducting material that exists on the planet, it is by far the most...

Angela Belcher wins an Xconomy Award for Innovation at the Intersection

Monday, September 10, 2018 - 2:00pm

Xconomy Boston

This year’s nominees and ...

MIT alumnus and GM engineer returns to campus to inspire student innovation

Sunday, September 9, 2018 - 2:15pm

Will Dickson ’14 has parked General Motors’ first self-driving vehicle, the Cruise AV, on campus and invited MIT students to think flexibly about its design opportunities. “You are future engineers and thought leaders in the area of new machines,” he says. “How do you design future vehicles like...