Energy

Energy research addresses creating and improving power supplies, working with alternative power sources, and improving materials processing and recycling.

Researchers

Ronald G. Ballinger

Professor Emeritus of Nuclear Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering

Energy; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Structural Materials

W. Craig Carter

POSCO Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; MacVicar Faculty Fellow

Computational Materials Science; Energy; Energy Storage

Yet-Ming Chiang

Kyocera Professor; National Academy of Engineering

Ceramics; Electrochemistry; Energy; Energy Storage; Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films

Jeffrey C. Grossman

Head of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Morton and Claire Goulder and Family Professor in Environmental Systems; Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; MacVicar Fellow

Computational Materials Science; Condensed Matter Physics; Energy; Energy Storage; Materials Chemistry; Nanotechnology

Brian Hohmann

Lecturer

Ceramics; Energy; Corrosion and Environmental Effects; Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Materials Systems and Analysis; Fracture, Fatigue, and Failure of Materials; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Metallurgy; Structural Materials; Thermodynamics

Jeehwan Kim

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Electronic Materials; Energy; Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Mechanical Behavior of Materials; Nanotechnology; Nanomechanics; Phase Transformations; Photonic Materials; Semiconductors; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films; Thermodynamics

Elsa A. Olivetti

Esther and Harold E. Edgerton Associate Professor in Materials Science and Engineering

Energy; Manufacturing; Materials Processing; Materials Systems and Analysis

Jennifer L. M. Rupp

Thomas Lord Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Ceramics; Electrochemistry; Electronic Materials; Energy; Energy Storage; Materials Processing; Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films; Transport Phenomena

Donald R. Sadoway

John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry

Electrochemistry; Energy; Energy Storage; Environment; Materials Processing; Materials Chemistry; Metallurgy

Harry L. Tuller

R.P. Simmons Professor of Ceramics and Electronic Materials

Ceramics; Electrochemistry; Electronic Materials; Energy; Environment; Materials Processing; Materials Chemistry; MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems); Nanotechnology; Photonic Materials; Semiconductors; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films; Thermodynamics; Transport Phenomena

Bilge Yildiz

Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering; Professor of Materials Science and Engineering

Ceramics; Computational Materials Science; Electrochemistry; Energy; Corrosion and Environmental Effects; Materials Chemistry; Nanotechnology; Surfaces, Interfaces, and Thin Films; Transport Phenomena

News

Game-changing materials

Hear Professors Fikile Brushett, Elsa Olivetti, and Yogi Surendranath discuss building the next generation of materials for future energy systems.  

A new way to provide cooling without power

MIT researchers have devised a new way of providing cooling on a hot sunny day, using inexpensive materials and requiring no fossil fuel-generated power. The passive system, which could be used to supplement other cooling systems to preserve food and medications in hot, off-grid locations, is essentially a high-tech version of a parasol.  

A powerful new battery could give us electric planes that don’t pollute

Brightly colored molecular models line two walls of Yet-Ming Chiang’s office at MIT. Chiang, a materials science professor and serial battery entrepreneur, has spent much of his career studying how slightly different arrangements of those sticks and spheres add up to radically different outcomes…  

Sadoway on The Future of Battery Storage and Renewable Energies

"Recently I had the chance to speak with one of those visionaries: A scientist who has spent an entire career working on (and inventing) grid-level renewable energy storage mechanisms. Professor Donald Sadoway is a current MIT professor, an inventor with over a dozen patents, and a 2012 TIME “…