Moving the science of carbon forward at the nano scale
If there were a poem to describe Mildred S. Dresselhaus's scientific career, it most likely would be Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken":
"Two roads diverged in a wood and I -
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."
"My whole career I've worked on very unpopular topics," Dresselhaus, Institute Professor of electrical engineering and physics at MIT, said. Dresselhaus played a leading role in the discovery of fullerenes - large, often soccer-ball shaped, carbon molecules, nicknamed "buckyballs" for their resemblance to Buckminster Fuller's geodesic domes - as well as predicting carbon nanotubes, which are rolled up sheets of graphene, a one-atom thick form of carbon. Read more
Team observes real-time charging of lithium-air battery
Research revealing what happens during charging could improve electric car batteries
MIT graduate researchers Robert Mitchell and Betar Gallant. Photo: Jin Suntivich
Researchers at MIT and Sandia National Laboratories have used transmission electron microscope (TEM) imaging to observe, at a molecular level, what goes on during a reaction called oxygen evolution as lithium-air batteries charge; this reaction is thought to be a bottleneck limiting further improvements to these batteries. The TEM technique could help in finding ways to make such batteries practical in the near future.
The work is described in a Nano Letters paper by Robert Mitchell, who recently received a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from MIT; mechanical engineering Ph.D. student Betar Gallant; Carl Thompson, the Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering; Yang Shao-Horn, the Gail E. Kendall Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering; and four other authors. Read more
Strengthening global relationships
MPC Associate Director visits Collegium members in Asia
MPC Associate Director Mark Beals, in collaboration with the MIT Industrial Liaison Program (ILP), brought news of current MIT faculty research to Collegium members, interested businesses and universities during a 10-day visit to Thailand, Taiwan and Japan in early April.
"Typically we communicate with our guests as well as Collegium members when they visit us in Cambridge, but the benefit of collaborating with the Industrial Liaison Program is that it allows us to actually travel to their locations and this is particularly important now where MIT is a much larger global presence," Beals said. Read more
MIT Glass Lab: Where art meets science
The MIT Glass Lab is located in the basement of the infinite corridor, in Room 4-003. Extracurricular classes are offered to the MIT community throughout the school year. The lab also hosts several sales throughout the year, as well as a lectureship and residency.
About MPC The goals of the Materials Processing Center are to unite the materials research community at MIT and to enhance Institute-industry interactions. Collaboration on research ventures, technology transfer, continuing education of industry personnel, and communication among industrial and governmental entities are our priorities. The MPC Industry Collegium is a major vehicle for this collaboration. The MPC sponsors seminars and workshops, as well as a summer internship for talented undergraduates from universities across the U.S. We encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations and provide funds management assistance to faculty.
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