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James D. Livingston, 1930-2019

DMSE is very sorry to share the sad news of the death of Dr. Jim Livingston, long-time friend and colleague, and his wife, Dr. Sherry Penney. They both made incredible contributions to education, research in their fields, and to the communities around them.   more

Game-changing materials

Hear Professors Fikile Brushett, Elsa Olivetti, and Yogi Surendranath discuss building the next generation of materials for future energy systems.   more

Finding local fertilizer alternatives

Professor Antoine Allanore and his research team have demonstrated a new method of fertilizer production can better suit the needs of farms in Africa and around the globe.   more

A new way to provide cooling without power

MIT researchers have devised a new way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power. The passive system, which could be used to supplement other cooling systems to preserve food and medications in hot, off-grid locations, is essentially a high-tech version of a parasol.   more

A new concept for thermal energy storage

More than half of all the energy used to power mechanical, chemical, and other processes is expelled into the environment as heat. Power plants, car engines, and industrial processes, for example, produce vast amounts of heat but use a relatively small fraction of it to actually do work. And…   more

What happens when materials take tiny hits

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. A team of researchers at MIT has…   more

2018 Materials Day

Materials Day Symposium and Poster Session
October 10, 2018
Kresge Auditorium This year’s annual MIT MRL Materials Day Symposium will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Kresge Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The symposium will focus on imaging-…   more

2018 Glass Lab Holiday Sale

The MIT Glass Lab's 2018 Holiday Sale is on:
Monday, December 10 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM and 
Tuesday, December 11 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
in Lobby 10: enter at 77 Massachusetts Ave, walk straight…   more

Extending the life of low-cost, compact, lightweight batteries

Metal-air batteries are one of the lightest and most compact types of batteries available, but they can have a major limitation: When not in use, they degrade quickly, as corrosion eats away at their metal electrodes. Now, MIT researchers have found a way to substantially reduce that corrosion,…   more

Ellen Swallow Richards: A One-Woman Parade of Firsts

Chemist and engineer was MIT’s first female student and faculty member “I wish I were triplets,” Ellen Swallow said as a newly arrived but belated Vassar College undergraduate, dreaming at 25 of making up for lost time. By the time she died at 68 of heart disease in 1911, she had built a…   more

A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes…   more