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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

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

Metal and Minerals Industry Prospects for Sustainability

While you could argue that the world would be better off if most of our oil and gas reserves remained underground, it’s more difficult to make the same argument about metals and minerals. Metals are essential to the development of the clean energy technologies required to achieve COP21 goals,…   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

Doubling battery power of consumer electronics

One of Prof. Sadoway's postdocs, Qichao Hu, is preparing to commercialize a new lithium battery with double the capacity of modern models. "The battery essentially swaps out a common battery anode material, graphite, for very thin, high-energy lithium-metal foil, which can hold more ions…   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

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

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

MADMEC spinoff AquaFresco was a finalist in MIT $100k Competition

AquaFresco is still making waves in their endeavors to reduce waterwaste by recycling water used when cleaning laundry. Since their MADMEC victory is 2014, they've been turning heads with their innovative ideas and picking up more victories and funding from other competitions. They were recently…   more

How the spleen filters blood

Subra Suresh and Ming Dao have discovered that the shape and size of blood cells is determined by a tiny opening in the spleen called the interendothelial slit, where the cells undergo a sort of "physical fitness test" before they're able to continue circulating.  " '…   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

Fluorescent polymer gels: Light-emitting sensors that self-repair

"MIT researchers are now making fluorescent polymer gels that change color when they’re shaken, heated, exposed to acid, or otherwise disrupted. Given that response, these novel materials could be effective sensors for detecting changes in structures, fluids, or the environment. To create the…   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

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