News: Energy

Faculty Forum Online: Professor Donald Sadoway

In this installment of the Alumni Association's Faculty Forum Online, Professor Donald Sadoway sits in to talk about his electrochemical energy storage research, learning through teaching at MIT, and answers many…   more

Carbon nanotubes improve metal’s longevity under radiation

One of the main reasons for limiting the operating lifetimes of nuclear reactors is that metals exposed to the strong radiation environment near the reactor core become porous and brittle, which can lead to cracking and failure. Now, a team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere has found that, at least in some reactors, adding a tiny quantity of carbon nanotubes to the metal can dramatically slow this breakdown process.   more

Utilizing Solar Energy as Heat

Professor Jeffrey Grossman, along with postdoc David Zhitomirsky and graduate student Eugene Cho, are developing a new material that could store solar energy, then release it manually as heat.  …   more

Research and Education Initiatives, 2015-16

Here's a quick video update on research and education initiatives from DMSE. Professor Chiang offers his perspective on energy research, Professor Gibson describes DMSE's online educational offerings, Professor Fitzgerald explains DMSE's international collaboration with universities in…   more

New development in battery manufacturing

An advanced manufacturing approach for lithium-ion batteries, developed by researchers at MIT and at a spinoff company called 24M, promises to significantly slash the cost of the most widely used type of rechargeable batteries while also improving their performance and making them easier to…   more

Teaming Up for Better Batteries

MIT’s Yang Shao-Horn and BMW’s Odysseas Paschos collaborate to advance fundamental research on lithium-ion battery technologies. Launched last year in the United States, the BMW i3 is a well-received electric automobile that highlights the promise and the practicality of current electric…   more

Building a Better Battery

Professor Donald Sadoway remembers chuckling at an e-mail in August 2009 from a woman claiming to represent Bill Gates. The world’s richest man had taken Sadoway’s…   more

Fostering U.S.-Russia energy innovation

Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage brings together researchers from MIT and two Russian institutes to develop advanced batteries and fuel cells.   more

MIT announces Bose Research Grants

Five innovative, high-risk projects launch with support from Professor Amar G Bose Research Grants. On one of these projects, Professor Jeffrey Grossman and Nicola Ferralis, a research scientist in DMSE, are exploring alternative uses for coal. Instead of burning it, they hope to use it to…   more