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A new way to find better battery materials

Monday, March 26, 2018 - 11:15am

A new approach to analyzing and designing new ion conductors — a key component of rechargeable batteries — could accelerate the development of high-energy lithium batteries, and possibly other energy storage and delivery devices such as fuel cells, researchers say.

The new approach relies...

2018 Wulff Lecture: Mark Miodownik

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 1:30pm

21st-century materials science i snow making possible a world where buildings harvest their own energy, bridges repair themselves, clothes increase life expectancy by monitoring health. But many alternative realities are possible, each driven by different cultural and economic forces. We could...

From building batteries to combating cancer: How Angela Belcher puts viruses to work

Monday, March 12, 2018 - 11:30am

By gaining fine control over the nanostructure of various materials, Angela Belcher is trying to solve problems in medicine, energy, and the environment. These virus-based production processes run in water at low temperatures and low pressures, so they’re naturally more environmentally friendly...

Cima takes on new role to promote innovation

Friday, March 2, 2018 - 11:15am

Michael J. Cima has been named co-director of the MIT Innovation Initiative and associate dean of innovation for the School of Engineering.

Cima, the David H. Koch Professor of Engineering, will begin his new roles on March 1. He will also continue as faculty director of the Lemelson-MIT...

2018 QS World University Rankings: DMSE #1

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 1:30pm

DMSE was ranked #1 by the 2018 QS World University Rankings for the subject of materials science.

11 other subjects from MIT were ranked #1 in their subject areas, including: Architecture/Built Environment; Linguistics; Chemical Engineering; Civil and Structural Engineering; Computer...

MIT expands partnership with Imperial College London

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 2:45pm

Building on the success of existing partnerships, MIT’s Global Education and Career Development (GECD) is significantly expanding its academic exchange with Imperial College London, while continuing to grow the Imperial summer research exchange. Twelve MIT departments will now take part in one...

Study reveals why polymer stents failed

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:30am

MIT Researchers in DMSE and the Institute for Medical Engineering have discovered why biodegradable polymer stents failed over time, hoping to eventually design and evaluate polymer stents more effectively. Jeff Grossman is among several MIT-based authors in a paper that appears in the ...

2018 Young Investigator Awards

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 10:15am

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) recently announced awards of $16 million through its 2018 Young Investigator Program (YIP). The awards were made to 31 scientists whose research holds strong promise across a wide range of naval-relevant science and technology areas.

Among the 5 winners...

Investing in Tech That’s Worth the Wait

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 11:15am

Innovations in fields like energy and transportation often take time—and extra support—to develop. The Engine at MIT is helping them make the leap from the lab to the marketplace.

Liquid separation wouldn’t top most people’s lists of world-changing technologies. But consider this: every...

Seeking materials that match the brain

Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 11:00am

Polina Anikeeva was born in Leningrad, USSR, but grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia; the city’s name reverted to its original form after the fall of the Soviet Union. While in school there, she encountered two inspiring scientists who helped propel her toward a career at MIT, where she now...