News: Faculty

DMSE Leads Largest Project in $35M Toyata Grant

"Three MIT-affiliated research teams will receive about $10M in funding as part of a $35M materials science discovery program launched by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI)." - MIT News Professors Jeffrey Grossman and Yang Shao-Horn will lead the largest funded project focused on the…   more

Stretching the boundaries of neural implants

New flexible fibers developed by Professor Polina Anikeeva and her research team are able to stimulate and monitor neurons in the spine without being invasive.  "Now, researchers have developed a rubber-like fiber that can flex and stretch while simultaneously delivering both optical…   more

Prof. Anikeeva joing panel on CrowdScience

Our own Professor Polina Anikeeva was recently on a panel for CrowdScience on the BBC World Service. This episode was about Science at the Movies. "Can we really live on Mars? Or exist in a virtual world? And why does movie science sometimes have us shouting at the screen? Our panel of…   more

Iodine may protect batteries

"Researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University are studying a new kind of electrolyte for “self-healing” lithium battery cells, which will be formed by adding a halide element such as iodine, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The…   more

Roadmapping integrated photonics

AIM Photonics Institute, the MIT Microphotonics Center and iNEMI co-host the Spring meeting on the Integrated Photonics System Roadmap [IPSR], Tuesday through Thursday, March 28-30, 2017, at MIT. Session topics include Silicon Photonics and Moore’s Law; Human-Machine Interfaces; Automated…   more

Surfacing Solutions

"For Bilge Yildiz, Associate Professor of both materials science and engineering and nuclear science and engineering, unleashing novel properties in materials means taking a penetrating look at surfaces. Her work to understand and tailor surface chemistry sets the stage for a new generation of…   more

Conquering metal fatigue

"Metal fatigue can lead to abrupt and sometimes catastrophic failures in parts that undergo repeated loading, or stress. It’s a major cause of failure in structural components of everything from aircraft and spacecraft to bridges and powerplants. As a result, such structures are typically built…   more

Graphene sheets capture cells efficiently

"The material used in this research is an oxidized version of the two-dimensional form of pure carbon known as graphene, which has been the subject of widespread research for over a decade because of its unique mechanical and electrical characteristics. The key to the new process is heating the…   more

Precise technique tracks dopamine in the brain

"MIT researchers have devised a way to measure dopamine in the brain much more precisely than previously possible, which should allow scientists to gain insight into dopamine’s roles in learning, memory, and emotion. "Dopamine is one of the many neurotransmitters that neurons in the brain…   more

Sadoway and Ambri get a Shout Out during MIT Energy Conference

Professor Donald Sadoway and his company Ambri are working on finding solutions to energy storage in order to improve renewable energy production services. In this MIT News article, they received a shout-out for their contributions to the field.  "One promising new entry in that sector is…   more

Inside the Race to Build the Battery of Tomorrow

"The battery might be the least sexy piece of technology ever invented. The lack of glamour is especially conspicuous on the lower floors of MIT’s materials science department, where one lab devoted to building and testing the next world-changing energy storage device could easily be mistaken…   more

Ming Dao elected a Fellow of ASME

Congratulations to Dr. Ming Dao for being elected a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers!  ASME is a not-for-profit membership organization that enables collaboration, knowledge sharing, career enrichment, and skills development across all engineering disciplines, toward…   more

Tiny fibers open new windows into the brain

"For the first time ever, a single flexible fiber no bigger than a human hair has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into the brain, putting into practice an idea first proposed two years ago. With some tweaking to further improve its…   more

Toward all-solid lithium batteries

"Most batteries are composed of two solid, electrochemically active layers called electrodes, separated by a polymer membrane infused with a liquid or gel electrolyte. But recent research has explored the possibility of all-solid-state batteries, in which the liquid (and potentially flammable)…   more

Professor Chiang Named Innovation All-Star by Boston Business Journal

Professor Yet-Ming Chiang was named a 2017 Innovation All-Star in the energy category by the Boston Business Journal for his outstanding contributions to the field, particularly his research on design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced inorganic materials for lithium ion batteries. …   more

Architected ceramics

MIT and Professor Lorna Gibson collaborated with two Engineering departments at Harvard University to develop a new method to 3D-print materials with significant absorbency using a ceramic foam ink. …   more

Shao-Horn publishes in Journal of Physical Chemistry

"Scientists and producers usually face a problem to elaborate batteries of new types: lighter but at the same time more powerful and with higher energy storage capacity. One of the possible ways to do that is to replace modern lithium-ion batteries by so called lithium-air batteries. Such…   more

Jaramillo MITEI Profile

Professor Rafael Jaramillo was profiled in an MIT News article about new faculty who bring a wide array of energy interests and developments to the Institute. “I try to find where the connections are between the scope of…   more

Manufacturing USA Announces new Institute

Please join us in congratulating Professor Krystyn Van Vliet who will be working with the National Institute for Innovation in Manufacturing Biopharmaceuticals (NIIMBL). NIIMBL, the newest Manufacturing USA Institute, will be headquartered at the University of Delaware, with academic partners at…   more

Green Labs contest: A certified success

The Schuh Lab received an honorable mention for its participation in the Green Labs contest. This contest challenged MIT labs to find and maintain solutions to reduce waste and hazardous materials and to conserve water and energy. "The Schuh Lab in the Department of Materials Science and…   more

National Academy of Inventors

Please join us in congratulating Professor Michael Cima who has been elected to the National Academy of Inventors. This honor recognizes a "prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development,…   more

Agitating the aluminum pot

"Industrial aluminum slabs are typically produced by blending small amounts of copper or manganese in a reservoir of molten aluminum that is rapidly cooled, a process known as direct-chill casting. Variations in the way these…   more

Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grant awarded to Angela Belcher

Professor Angela Belcher was awarded a Professor Amar G. Bose Research Grant for her development of toxin-eating yeast. “Our plan is to develop environmentally friendly, on-demand biological systems for cleaning up the environment,” says Angela Belcher, who is the James Mason Crafts…   more

The science of friction on graphene

Professor Ju Li is helping unravel the mysteries of graphene's unique properties; specifically, how it behaves when something slides across its surface. "Graphene, a two-dimensional form of carbon in…   more