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Physics - Materials Science - 24.05.2023
Tiny diamond rotor could improve protein studies
Tiny diamond rotor could improve protein studies
A new way of machining microscale rotors from diamond crystal can enable ultrasensitive NMR devices for probing proteins and other materials. Many of the biological materials that researchers are most interested in studying, including those associated with major diseases, don't lend themselves to the conventional methods that researchers typically use to probe a material's structure and chemistry.

Materials Science - Computer Science - 18.05.2023
Three MIT-led projects awarded MURI funding for 2023
Through the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative, the US Department of Defense supports research projects in areas of critical importance to national defense.

Materials Science - 18.05.2023

Materials Science - Innovation - 27.04.2023

Materials Science - Chemistry - 26.04.2023
Off-menu materials science
Rob Macfarlane synthesizes new composite materials by manipulating their structure at the nanometer scale. A formerly self-described dyed-in-the-wool chemist who has gradually transitioned to research that sits at the interface of science and engineering, Associate Professor Robert Macfarlane and his Macfarlane Lab at MIT explore the chemical sciences that impact materials development and real-world applications.

Chemistry - Materials Science - 07.04.2023
Flow batteries for grid-scale energy storage
A modeling framework developed at MIT can help speed the development of flow batteries for large-scale, long-duration electricity storage on the future grid. In the coming decades, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind will increasingly dominate the conventional power grid. Because those sources only generate electricity when it's sunny or windy, ensuring a reliable grid - one that can deliver power 24/7 - requires some means of storing electricity when supplies are abundant and delivering it later when they're not.

Environment - Materials Science - 05.04.2023
An interdisciplinary approach to fighting climate change through clean energy solutions
Principal Research Scientist Audun Botterud tackles a range of cross-cutting problems - from energy market interactions to designing batteries - to get closer to a decarbonized power grid.

Physics - Materials Science - 29.03.2023
NIF's optics meet the demands of increased laser energy
NIF’s optics meet the demands of increased laser energy
Patricia Koning, koning3 [at] llnl.gov , (925) 423-4332 Part 5 in a series of articles describing the elements of the National Ignition Facility's fusion breakthrough. If Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)'s National Ignition Facility (NIF) were a race car, it would run at the redline most of the time.

Physics - Materials Science - 21.03.2023
Fiber ’barcodes’ can make clothing labels that last
Drawing inspiration from butterfly wings, reflective fibers woven into clothing could reshape textile sorting and recycling. Close In the United States, an estimated 15 million tons of textiles end up in landfills or are burned every year. This waste, amounting to 85 percent of the textiles produced in a year, is a growing environmental problem.

Physics - Materials Science - 20.03.2023
Exploring the nanoworld of biogenic gems
Project will develop new materials characterization tools and technologies to assign unique identifiers to individual pearls.

Astronomy / Space Science - Materials Science - 16.03.2023
Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon to co-lead new NASA institute
Johns Hopkins, Carnegie Mellon to co-lead new NASA institute
The JHU-CMU team is spearheading a Space Technology Research Institute to prevent failure in additively manufactured spaceflight materials Johns Hopkins engineers are partnering with those at Carnegi

Materials Science - Electroengineering - 10.03.2023

Health - Materials Science - 09.03.2023
Engineering Breakthrough in Softbotics
The newest development in softbotics will have a transformative impact on robotics, electronics and medicine. Carmel Majidi has engineered a soft material with metal-like conductivity and self-healing properties that, for the first time, can support power-hungry devices. "Softbotics is about seamlessly integrating robotics into everyday life, putting humans at the center," explained Majidi, a professor of mechanical engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Materials Science - Environment - 08.03.2023

Physics - Materials Science - 02.03.2023
A closer look at the nanoscale and beyond
Materials scientist Anna Osherov helps researchers comprehend the nanoscale down to an atom using MIT.nano's characterization tools. Close Stroll past MIT.nano, the Institute's center for nanoscience and engineering, and you can peer through large panes of glass at hundreds of tool sets ready to assist researchers in their scientific journey.

Event - Materials Science - 01.03.2023
STEAM power on the runway
Boston teen designers create fashion inspired by award-winning images from MIT laboratories.

Electroengineering - Materials Science - 20.02.2023
How a Sandwich is Transforming Electronics
As devices get smaller and more powerful, the risk of overheating and burning out increases substantially.

Materials Science - Physics - 17.02.2023
Making nanoparticle building blocks for new materials
Making nanoparticle building blocks for new materials
Associate Professor Robert Macfarlane is uncovering design principles that allow researchers to fine-tune materials at many size scales.

Materials Science - Health - 03.02.2023
Toward new, computationally designed cybersteels
With a grant from the Office of Naval Research, MIT researchers aim to design novel high-performance steels, with potential applications including printed aircraft components and ship hulls. Close What do the Apple watch and the Raptor engine of the SpaceX Starship have in common? Answer: Both are made, in part, from advanced materials developed over only a few years - as opposed to the usual decades - with the help of computers in a field pioneered at MIT.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 01.02.2023
Rinse and Repeat: An Easy New Way to Recycle Batteries is Here
Rinse and Repeat: An Easy New Way to Recycle Batteries is Here
Lithium-ion batteries have revolutionized electronics and enabled an accelerating shift toward clean energy.

Environment - Materials Science - 24.01.2023
Balancing a Battery-Powered Future With Energy Justice
As a new graduate student embarking on a master's degree at the UC Davis Energy and Efficiency Institute in 2018, Meg Slattery was struck by how centrally batteries - particularly the rechargeable lithium-ion batteries in electric cars - figured into California's decarbonization strategy.

Materials Science - Computer Science - 18.01.2023
Scientist named to Forbes '30 under 30' list
Scientist named to Forbes ’30 under 30’ list
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory materials scientist Daniel Schwalbe-Koda has been named one of Forbes " 30 under 30 " for 2023 in the science category.

Campus - Materials Science - 09.01.2023
Lecture series aims to demystify, celebrate tenure
DMSE's Tenure Talks gives glimpse into the hard work, commitment, and decisions behind one of academia's most important posts.

Physics - Materials Science - 03.01.2023
Shrinking Hydrogels Enlarge Nanofabrication Options
Researchers from Pittsburgh and Hong Kong print intricate, 2D and 3D patterns Carnegie Mellon University's Yongxin (Leon) Zhao and the Chinese University of Hong Kong's Shih-Chi Chen have a big idea for manufacturing nanodevices. Zhao's Biophotonics Lab develops novel techniques to study biological and pathological processes in cells and tissues.

Physics - Materials Science - 21.12.2022
Pablo Jarillo-Herrero delivers 2022 Dresselhaus Lecture on the magic of moiré quantum matter
The MIT discussed a new nanoengineered platform to investigate strongly correlated and topological physics.

Materials Science - Mechanical Engineering - 18.12.2022
Class opens the door to a new world of mechanical engineering
Class opens the door to a new world of mechanical engineering
Students compete to design a compression-resistant nanoscale material - and win possibly the world's smallest trophy.

Materials Science - History / Archeology - 16.12.2022
Emeritus Robert Balluffi, multifaceted materials scientist, dies at 98
Researcher with broad expertise in an interdisciplinary field saw combat in World War II. Robert W. Balluffi, professor emeritus in the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering (DMSE), died Dec.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 12.12.2022
Charging up with carbon nanotubes
Charging up with carbon nanotubes
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) scientists have created vertically aligned single-walled carbon nanotubes on metal foils that could be a boon for energy storage and the electronics industry. Vertically aligned carbon nanotubes (VACNTs) have exceptional mechanical, electrical and transport properties in addition to an aligned architecture, which is key for applications such as membrane separation, thermal management, fiber spinning, electronic interconnects and energy storage.

Materials Science - Environment - 09.12.2022
Paper-thin solar cell can turn any surface into a power source
Paper-thin solar cell can turn any surface into a power source
Researchers develop a scalable fabrication technique to produce ultrathin, lightweight solar cells that can be seamlessly added to any surface.

Materials Science - 09.12.2022
Computational system streamlines the design of fluidic devices
Computational system streamlines the design of fluidic devices
This computational tool can generate an optimal design for a complex fluidic device such as a combustion engine or a hydraulic pump.

Physics - Materials Science - 08.12.2022
Say Hello to the Toughest Material on Earth
Scientists have measured the highest toughness ever recorded, of any material, while investigating a metallic alloy made of chromium, cobalt, and nickel (CrCoNi). Not only is the metal extremely ductile - which, in materials science, means highly malleable - and impressively strong (meaning it resists permanent deformation), its strength and ductility improve as it gets colder.

Materials Science - Innovation - 29.11.2022
Plastic to metal, steel to aluminum-the future of welding and lightweight vehicles
New techniques for welding very different materials could enable better cars FACULTY Q&A Study: Joining of Metal and Non-Polar Polypropylene Composite through a Simple Functional Group Seeding Layer (DOI: 10.1016/j.jmapro.

Innovation - Materials Science - 28.11.2022
Industrializing 3D printing
Industrializing 3D printing
VulcanForms, founded by an MIT alumnus and professor, has created digital production systems to manufacture complex metal parts at scale.

Materials Science - Physics - 28.11.2022
’Transformer’ pinwheels offer new twist on nano-engineered materials
Producing chirality, a property found throughout nature, through large-scale self-assembly could lead to applications in sensing, machine perception and more A newly discovered pinwheel structure-self-assembled from pyramid-shaped nanoparticles-may enable unique material properties that could be useful in areas like machine vision, armor, chemical and biological sensing, and more.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 18.11.2022
Engineers solve a mystery on the path to smaller, lighter batteries
Engineers solve a mystery on the path to smaller, lighter batteries
Branchlike metallic filaments can sap the power of solid-state lithium batteries. A new study explains how they form and how to divert them. A discovery by MIT researchers could finally unlock the door to the design of a new kind of rechargeable lithium battery that is more lightweight, compact, and safe than current versions, and that has been pursued by labs around the world for years.

Materials Science - Chemistry - 17.11.2022

Materials Science - Environment - 16.11.2022
From waste to windfall: Engineers' new method extracts valuable materials from mining discards
From waste to windfall: Engineers’ new method extracts valuable materials from mining discards
The method is more environmentally friendly than current mining approaches and can aid in the production of more sustainable energy resources, such as lithium-ion batteries Ores that contain metals such as nickel, cobalt, and copper are widely used to produce products like cables and batteries needed in the energy industry.

Physics - Materials Science - 15.11.2022
Advanced Light Source Upgrade Approved to Start Construction
The Advanced Light Source (ALS), a scientific user facility at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory ÜBerkeley Lab), has received federal approval to start construction on an upgrade that will boost the brightness of its X-ray beams at least a hundredfold. "The ALS upgrade is an amazing engineering undertaking that is going to give us an even more powerful scientific tool," said Berkeley Lab Director Michael Witherell.

Physics - Materials Science - 09.11.2022
Inspiration at the atomic scale
Inspiration at the atomic scale
With new techniques in electron microscopy, James LeBeau explores the nanoscale landscape within materials to understand their properties.

Materials Science - Innovation - 07.11.2022

Materials Science - Chemistry - 25.10.2022
Simplifying the production of lithium-ion batteries
Simplifying the production of lithium-ion batteries
MIT spinout 24M Technologies designed a battery that reduces the cost of manufacturing lithium-ion cells.

Materials Science - Environment - 13.10.2022
MADMEC winner identifies sustainable greenhouse-cooling materials
MADMEC winner identifies sustainable greenhouse-cooling materials
Prizes in the materials science competition also went to a waste-monitoring device and a nanofiber-based yarn.

Physics - Materials Science - 05.10.2022
New kind of shape-memory material
New kind of shape-memory material
The ceramic-based material could be used for highly efficient actuators for aircraft or other uses, with minimal moving parts. Shape-memory metals, which can revert from one shape to a different one simply by being warmed or otherwise triggered, have been useful in a variety of applications, as actuators that can control the movement of various devices.

Materials Science - Innovation - 20.09.2022
Passive cooling system could benefit off-grid locations
Passive cooling system could benefit off-grid locations
Relying on evaporation and radiation - but not electricity - the system could keep food fresh longer or supplement air conditioning in buildings. As the world gets warmer, the use of power-hungry air conditioning systems is projected to increase significantly, putting a strain on existing power grids and bypassing many locations with little or no reliable electric power.
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