News: Faculty

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

Current-induced switching in a magnetic insulator

Nature Magazine published a paper written by Prof. Geoffrey Beach and his collaborator Prof. Caroline Ross who have shown that a pure spin current can be injected into in an electrically insulating material, and be used to switch its magnetization direction. This is striking because, in…   more

Solid-state learning

"For the second year in a row, Grossman, a professor of materials science and engineering, is offering his version of “Introduction to Solid State Chemistry” (or, as it’s referred to by students, 3.091, which is tossed off knowingly as “three-oh-nine-one”). The class, Grossman says, is his…   more

Professor Lorna Gibson receives Ellen Swallow Richards award from TMS

The 2017 TMS Ellen Swallow Richards Diversity Award will be presented to Professor Lorna Gibson at a conference this coming spring. This award recognizes an individual who, in the remarkable pioneering spirit of Ellen Swallow Richards, has helped or inspired others to overcome personal,…   more

Materials Day Recap

Our friends at the Materials Processing Center recently held their annual Materials Day event. As part of the day of events, several DMSE faculty participated in a series of talks about battery challenges. The day also included a Poster Session contest. The winners of the contest were Ping-Chun…   more

Jennifer Rupp joins DMSE in January, 2017

Professor Jennifer Rupp will start as Assistant Professor in January 2017. She is a French and German native and currently an Assistant Professor of Electrochemical Materials at ETH Zurich in Switzerland. She studied at the University of Vienna before receiving a Ph.D. in Materials at ETG Zurich…   more

What We’re Doing Wrong in the Search for Better Batteries

"If the world is going to get off of fossil fuels, we’re going to need batteries—big batteries, and lots of them, to smooth out intermittent power sources like wind and solar. But we aren’t doing nearly enough to develop the technologies that will allow us to build the cheap, grid-scale storage…   more

Fighting cancer with the power of immunity

Professor Darrell Irvine was a senior author alongside Dane Wittrup for a study published to the online edition of Nature Medicine on Oct. 24.  "Harnessing the body’s own immune system to destroy tumors is a tantalizing prospect that has yet to realize its full potential. However…   more

Yet-Ming Chiang to speak at Da Vinci lecture

On Friday, October 28, Professor Yet-Ming Chiang will be giving a Leonardo Da Vinci lecture titled From Lab Bench to Marketplace: Commercializing Materials Technologies. The Leonardo Da Vinci lecture, which occurs during a dinner meeting, is hosted by Tau Beta Pi. "MIT faculty members and…   more

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