MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Transportation & Infrastructure
Roads, rails, planes, and buildings are all made of complex materials, with critical needs related to climate, weight, cost, and other factors.
Simulation & Data Science
Using data analysis, simulations, and computation, materials scientists and engineers can develop new solutions to major challenges, speeding up the experimental process.
Sensing & Computing
Materials science underpins every aspect of our modern computers and telecommunications infrastructure, and will enable those of tomorrow.
Manufacturing depends on materials — to develop, to process, to package, to transport, and eventually to recycle. DMSE has a long involvement with all aspects of manufacturing, from the micro to the macro.
Health and Medicine
Materials researchers are working on vaccines, implants, diagnostic devices, and many other aspects of healthcare and medicine.
Materials applications in energy research include creating and improving power supplies, working with alternative power sources, and improving materials processing and recycling. DMSE faculty, students, and research staff are involved in every aspect of these innovations.
Research Initiatives in Climate & Sustainability
The future depends on finding solutions to the enormous challenges facing the world, including pollution, water scarcity, greenhouse gases, climate change, and more. DMSE faculty, students and staff are working with researchers across MIT to address major issues of climate and sustainability.
Flexible Fiber Battery
Professors Yoel Fink and Ju Li have collaborated with other researchers to develope a rechargeable lithium-ion battery in the form of an ultra-long fiber that could be woven into fabrics. The battery could enable a wide variety of wearable electronic devices, and might even be used to make 3D-printed batteries in virtually any shape.
Selective Sulfidication of Metal Compounds
Professor Antoine Allanore and DMSE researchers have developed a new way of processing rare-earth and other key metals to separate them from other materials could reduce environmental impact and cost.