News: Faculty

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

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

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

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

New Microfluidics Devices

Microfluidics devices are tiny systems with microscopic channels that can be used for chemical or biomedical testing and research. In a potentially game-changing advance, MIT researchers have now incorporated microfluidics systems into individual fibers, making it possible to process much larger…   more