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Don Sadoway talking about lithium batteries with On Point NPR

Don Sadoway was recently invited to speak with NPR's On Point about lithium batteries.  "When it comes to smartphone batteries, most of us just want them smaller and stronger. Then Samsung’s phone batteries start bursting into flame and get our attention. Lithium batteries – like those in…   more

Prof Macfarlane Awarded AFOSR Grant

Congratulations to Professor Rob Macfarlane for being awarded an AFOSR Grant!  "The Air Force Office of Scientific Research today announced that it will award approximately $20.8 million in grants to 58 scientists and engineers from 41 research institutions and small businesses who…   more

New kind of supercapacitor made without carbon

Professor Yang Shao-Horn co-authored a paper recently published by Nature Materials regarding supercapacitors that do not rely on carbon. This story was also featured on the MIT Home Page!  "Energy storage devices called supercapacitors have become a hot area of research, in part…   more

Water vapor sets some oxides aflutter

A research paper written by Professor Yang Shao-Horn and DMSE Alumnus Binghong Han describing new-found interactions between perovskites, water vapor, and streams of electrons, was recently published by Nature Materials. "When one type of an oxide structure called perovskite is…   more

Programming Material Structure

Our friends at the Materials Processing Center recently featured a profile of DMSE Professor Rob Macfarlane. Professor Macfarlane constructs nanoparticle-based crystals by programming interactions of synthetic polymers and biopolymers at the molecular level. …   more

Nanosensors could help determine tumors’ ability to remodel tissue

A story from MIT News about research from Prof. Polina Anikeeva was recently featured on MIT's homepage.  "MIT researchers have designed nanosensors that can profile tumors and may yield insight into how they will respond to certain therapies. The system is based on levels of enzymes…   more

Have we built a better engineer yet?

Senior Lecturer Mike Tarkanian talked with GrabCAD about engineering education. "He gave us his take on how today’s students are different than those in years past, and how digital mastery is helping some compensate for lack of hands-on experience. And he shared his thoughts on why we may…   more

DUE Education Talk Series: W Craig Carter

On Wednesday, September 28, the DUE Education Talk Series presents Prof. W Craig Carter and Dr. Kyle Keane, who will be discussing their collaborative effort to build a…   more

MIT News Profile: Alfredo Alexander-Katz

Professor Alfredo Alexander-Katz was recently profiled by MIT News and featured on the MIT homepage! You can read a little about his path to MIT, as well as his past and current research by checking out the MIT News…   more

New Smelting Method Developed by Prof Don Sadoway

Professor Donald Sadoway and a team of researchers intended to create a new type of battery, but what they did instead was discover a new method of smelting certain metals without releasing any greenhouse gas emissions. This discovery could potentially lead to new ways of smelting other common…   more

Discovery could help treatments for sickle cell disease

DMSE's Ming Dao, along with Postdoc Peter T.C. So, co-authored a study regarding sickle cell disease and the hydroxyurea action. "Our findings shine a light on the mechanism behind hydroxyurea action, which has long been debated in the scientific…   more

Prof Anikeeva Comments on Bioelectronic Technology

Last night, Bloomberg asked professor Polina Anikeeva to comment on new technology related to bioelectronics and talk about how they fit into the medical world. This aired live August 1st around 7:10pm on Bloomberg TV.  …   more

New lithium-oxygen battery greatly improves energy efficiency, longevity

Professor Ju Li's group has created a new lithium-oxygen battery capable of significantly reducing the negative effects of current lithium-air battery technology, including energy wasted as heat, and the necessity of extra components. These new, fully sealed batteries are called nanolithia…   more

Learn with the libraries this July!

Hands-on workshops, software training, and more Develop new skills this July in a series of classes at MIT Libraries. From instruction in GIS and data management software to talks exploring business resources and best practices for handling confidential information, the…   more

Unlocking the past with the future of imaging

"When the team of researchers investigating a 17th-century postal trunk full of undelivered letters presented at MIT in April, the audience was taken aback — not by the content of the 2,600 letters from all over Europe, but by the team’s approach. The 600 letters that were not only undelivered…   more

New technique provides detailed views of metals’ crystal structure

"Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have developed a new combination of methods that can provide detailed information about the microstructure of polycrystalline metals. "The new findings are published in the journal Nature Computational Materials, in a paper by Matteo Seita, an…   more

Analyzing lithium ion battery fatigue

Professor Krystyn Van Vliet's lab has a new Summer Scholar for 2016! Erica Eggleton has come to MIT's DMSE to make and test lithium manganese oxide electrodes.  Eggleton is studying the type of fatigue that makes lithium ion batteries less efficient over time. “We’re studying whether this…   more

Shaymus Hudson Joins DMSE's Teaching Staff

Shaymus Hudson, a DMSE undergraduate from 2012 and a 2016 PhD in materials science & engineering from WPI, is starting today as a Technical Instructor and manager of the Laboratory for Physical Metallurgy (i.e. furnaces in 13-5016, metallography in 4-421, and instrons in 8-241). He is…   more

You're the Expert: Angela Belcher

Professor Angela Belcher participated in a comedy/educational audio show on WBUR 90.9, Boston's NPR News Station called You're the Expert.  "Dr. Angela Belcher is an MIT professor and a MacArthur genius. She teaches comedians Aparna Nancherla, Josh Sharp, and Bobby Smithney about…   more