News: Faculty

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

Glowing tumors light a path to cancer treatment

A new mechanism developed by Professor Angela Belcher and her team of others offers improved ovarian cancer detection and removal.  "A team at MIT, headed by Professor Angela Belcher at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, had been targeting a variety of cancers that pose…   more

Bioelectronics Innovation Prize

Professor Polina Anikeeva is part of a team of researchers who were recently awarded a $1M bioelectronics innovation prize for their endeavors to produce an implantable wireless…   more

Professor Harry Tuller Promoted to Senior Member of IEEE

On behalf of the DMSE community, a huge congratulations to Professor Harry L. Tuller who was recently elevated to Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)! IEEE has said that "Senior Member is the highest professional…   more

Promotions: New Senior Lecturers

Congratulations to Mike Tarkanian, Geetha Berera, and Meri Treska on their promotions to Senior Lecturers! Their dedication to excellence in teaching has propelled them above and beyond, and their new titles are well-deserved. We know they will all continue pushing their students to be the best…   more

New method snips complex fibers into uniform particles

  "An interdisciplinary team of researchers enabled by the National Science Foundation-funded Materials Research Science and Engineering Centers (MRSEC) program has developed a way to break fibers or sheets of material into many tiny, almost perfectly uniform segments or strips. The…   more

The MPC and CMSE have new summer interns

"MIT is very fortunate to have this very talented group of students with us, and the faculty all hope that one of them will work with their group," says Carl V. Thompson, director of the Materials Processing Center and Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.…   more

New concept turns battery technology upside-down

"A new approach to the design of a liquid battery, using a passive, gravity-fed arrangement similar to an old-fashioned hourglass, could offer great advantages due to the system’s low cost and the simplicity of its design and operation, says a team of MIT researchers who have made a…   more

Boosting Power at the Substrate

Jurgen Michek, Senior Research Associate at the Materials Processing Center, is working on improving photonic and solar cells materials and devices through inventing a new kind of semiconductor chip utilizing germanium.  …   more

MITEI awards nine Seed Fund grants for early-stage energy research

Prof Sadoway was awarded for his project Aluminum Polymer Battery for Automobile Propulsion, and Prof Yildiz for her work in the project Design of Meta-Oxide Surfaces for Fast Oxygen Exchange in Fuel Cells, Synthetic Fuel Production and Separation Membranes.  …   more

ACerS Award

Prof. Harry Tuller has been elected Distinguished Life Member of the American Ceramic Society. This distinction is the Society’s most prestigious level of membership and is awarded in recognition of a member’s contribution to the ceramics profession. The Constitution of the…   more