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Newsletter, November, 2012

Materials News that Matters at MIT

November, 2012
Faculty Highlight
From industry to teaching
Professor Lionel Kimerling leads lab session
Lionel C. Kimerling

It's been two decades sinceProfessor Lionel C. Kimerling, the Thomas Lord Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, left Bell Labs to teach and conduct research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and he has no regrets. Kimerling challenges students to define a problem and solve it as part of a team. 
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Germanium laser faces engineering challenges


ge laser smallCost, bandwidth density and energy consumption remain engineering challenges for thegermanium laser on chip first demonstrated by Professor Kimerling's Electronic Materials Research Group.  "The team has gone through about 20 years' worth of effort in probably two years," says Kotura Inc. CTO Dr. Mehdi Asghari. Read more



ILP R&D Conference

Nanomaterials for Hybrid Solar Cells

Work by Silvija Gradečak, Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT, has demonstrated 4.1 percent power conversion efficiency in a solar cell using graphene as a cathode and zinc oxide nanowires with cadmium sulphide quantum dots. Read more.



Materials Day 2012

Bright side of the energy future

Implantable glucosepowered battery for medical devices
Tiny piezoelectric generators that convert everyday vibrations to electricity
Read more highlights of Materials Day at MIT on Oct. 17, 2012.
Materials Day Opportunity Brief and poster session abstracts are now available.


Summer Scholars Applications Now Being Accepted
Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Conduct graduate-level materials research with the
best science and engineering undergraduates from across the country.
Program dates:
June 9-Aug. 10, 2013
Apply by:
Feb. 13, 2013
In This Issue
Faculty Highlight
Hybrid Solar Cells
Bright side of the energy future
Summer Scholars
Upcoming Events

visits Glass Lab
Renowned Italian glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra spent the week of Oct. 22, 2012, creating his artistic pieces at the MIT Glass Lab. Read more or watch video.

Lino Tagliapietra at MIT Glass Lab (video)

Upcoming Events

NECST Consortium

MeetingMembers Only

November 28, 2012

MIT campus, Room 33-116



2012 MRS Fall Meeting

November 25 - 30, 2012

Hynes Convention Center

Boston, MA




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