News: Research

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

Unexpected long-range particle interactions

Moving bodies can be attracted to each other, even when they’re quite far apart and separated by many other objects: That, in a nutshell, is the somewhat unexpected finding by a team of researchers at MIT. Scientists have known for a long time that small particles of matter, from the size…   more

New collaboration to accelerate innovations in fibers and fabrics

An independent nonprofit founded by MIT has been selected to run a new, $317 million public-private partnership announced today by Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. The partnership, named the Advanced Functional Fibers of America (AFFOA) Institute, has won a national competition for…   more

Faculty Forum Online: Professor Donald Sadoway

In this installment of the Alumni Association's Faculty Forum Online, Professor Donald Sadoway sits in to talk about his electrochemical energy storage research, learning through teaching at MIT, and answers many…   more

Carbon nanotubes improve metal’s longevity under radiation

One of the main reasons for limiting the operating lifetimes of nuclear reactors is that metals exposed to the strong radiation environment near the reactor core become porous and brittle, which can lead to cracking and failure. Now, a team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere has found that, at least in some reactors, adding a tiny quantity of carbon nanotubes to the metal can dramatically slow this breakdown process.   more

Engineering a spinal cord repair kit

Professor Polina Anikeeva has been developing multifunctional fibers for some time now, serving to access the brain and other parts of the body as non-invasively as…   more

Self-Stacking Nanogrids

Members of DMSE have discovered a way to stack block-copolymer layers into neatly…   more

Chemical Sensing on a Chip

Anuradha Agarwal is working with Lionel Kimerling and Juejun Hu of MIT's DMSE in the pursuit of shrinking and advancing sensory technology.  …   more

Materializing the Future of Vaccines and Immunotherapy

The industries of immunotherapy and vaccination are on the brink of major breakthroughs, and many developments in the field are heavily focused on materials science. Safely modulating the immune system in patients with cancer is one of the biggest challenges at present, but developments in…   more

Research and Education Initiatives, 2015-16

Here's a quick video update on research and education initiatives from DMSE. Professor Chiang offers his perspective on energy research, Professor Gibson describes DMSE's online educational offerings, Professor Fitzgerald explains DMSE's international collaboration with universities in…   more