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Newsletter, January, 2013


MIT Materials News that Matters

January 2013

MIT DomeIt's hard to believe that the first month of 2013 is almost over. Time seems to fly by so quickly, especially at MIT where technological and medical advances are propelling us into the future. This month's newsletter focus is on thermoelectric devices and the research associated with the Solid State Solar Thermoelectrical Conversion Center (S3TEC).


Materials Processing Center at MIT

Faculty Highlight: Professor Gang Chen
Breaking Barriers in Solar Thermoelectric Devices
Professor Gang Chen
As director of the Solid-State Solar-Thermal Energy Conversion Center (S3TEC Center), and its principal investigator, MIT Professor Gang Chen is creating a new understanding of heat transfer at the nanoscale and pioneering new solar thermoelectric devices.

Recent breakthroughs include optical measurement of phonon travel distance; coherent heat conduction in superlattices; invisible dopants and cloaked nanoparticles for thermoelectric devices and a high performance flat panel solar thermoelectric generator.
Read more

Directional solvents

Taking the salt out water with oil


MIT post-doctoral associate Anurag Bajpayee's innovative process, referred to as directional solvent extraction, uses oil to purify water.

It won praise from Scientific American in December 2012 as one of its 10 World Changing Ideas and  Forbes India  recognized it as one of five game-changing ideas from academia in January 2013. Read more

Earth-abundant Thermoelectrics

UCLA Prof. Vidvuds Ozolins presents research

UCLA Materials Science Professor  Vidvuds Ozolins
Thermoelectrics comprised of earth-abundant elements will pave the way to many new, low cost thermoelectric energy generation opportunities. UCLA Materials Science Professor Vidvuds Ozolins presents "Computational Design and
Discovery of Earth-Abundant Thermoelectrics," on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013 at MIT. View poster.

Tuller wins international honor
Ceramics professor invited to Germany

MIT Professor Harry L. Tuller
Harry L. Tuller, Professor of Ceramics and Electronic Materials in the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering and Director of the Crystal Physics and Electroceramics Laboratory, is invited to spend time at Helmholtz Center for Materials and Energy in Berlin as a Helmholtz International Fellow. Read more


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In This Issue
Breaking solar barriers
Extracting salt with oil
Earth-abundant Thermoelectrics
Tuller wins international honor
Welcome New Collegium Members

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