Newsletter, April 2017

    MIT Materials News that Matters
    April 2017
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    Summer Scholars embrace engineering challenges 

    Diverse group seeks MIT laboratory internship experiences in materials science, photonics, energy and biomedical applications.

    2017 Summer Scholars are [l-r, top row] Alejandro Aponte, Stephanie E. Bauman, Lucia G. Brunel, Richard B. (Ben) Canty, Stuart R. Daudlin, [middle row] Amrita (Amy) Duggal, Kaila N. Holloway, Saleem Iqbal, Ryan N. Kosciolek, [bottom row] Gaetana H. Mi

    This year's incoming Summer Scholars hope to probe the range of materials science engineering challenges for nanoscale applications in medicine, electronics and photonics, while at the same time pinpointing their future graduate school research goals.

     "This REU [Research Experience for Undergraduates] will expose me to topics and concepts that I will be able to apply to my advanced classes, as well as give me hands on experience in a lab environment. I'm also hoping that it will help me determine a direction for graduate school," says Stephanie E. Bauman, a University of South Florida sophomore, who also is a U.S. Army Reserve Blackhawk Medical Evacuation pilot. 

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    Inside MIT.nano

    The MIT Corporation tours the state-of-the-art research facility taking shape in the heart of campus.

    MIT Professor Krystyn Van Vliet [center] describes how MIT.nano clean rooms will provide a precisely controlled environment. MIT Corporation members [second-from-left to right] Gregory Turner, Madeleine Gaut, and Anuradha Agarwal listen. Jake Belcher PhotoMIT Professor Krystyn Van Vliet [center] describes how MIT.nano clean rooms will provide a precisely controlled environment. MIT Corporation members [second-from-left to right] Gregory Turner and Madeleine Gaut listen along with Anuradha Agarwal, a principal research scientist at the MIT Microphotonics Center. Photo, Jake Belcher.

    On a recent evening, Cathrin Stickney stood marveling at the stillness of the custom-designed imaging suites in the underground level of MIT.nano - the environmentally quietest space on campus. Laudably ultra-low vibrations, ultra-low electromagnetic interference, and acoustically silent. All in a building that, like most of the rest of MIT, sits on a century-old landfill built on swampland."It's more than difficult to pull that off. It's architecturally amazing," Stickney, a successful entrepreneur and former architect, said. Equipped with a neon safety vest and clear safety glasses, Stickney was on site to learn more about a building that embodies one of the largest research investments in MIT history.

    Nanoscience and nanotechnology are driving some of the most important innovations today in almost every field of engineering and science. 

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    Stretching the boundaries
    of neural implants

    Rubbery, multifunctional fibers could be used to study spinal cord neurons and potentially restore function.

    Researchers have developed a rubber-like fiber, shown here, that can flex and stretch while simultaneously delivering both optical impulses, for optoelectronic stimulation, and electrical connections, for stimulation and monitoring. Video, Chi (Alice) Lu and Seongjun Park

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    In Other News

    Researchers at MIT have found a way to make graphene with fewer wrinkles, and to iron out the wrinkles that do appear. They found each wafer exhibited uniform performance.

    "Ironing out" graphene improves conductivity

    MIT researchers find a way to  make graphene with fewer  wrinkles and improve how  electrons flow across wafers.

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    Researchers discovered a way to make tiny particles that can be injected into the body, where they emit short-wave infrared light. The advance may open a new way of making detailed images of internal body structures such as fine networks of blood vessels.

    Nanoparticles aid  biological imaging

     "Quantum dots" that emit  infrared light enable highly  detailed images of internal body  structures.

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    MIT Professor Martin Bazant will use funding from Toyota Research Institute to leverage a nanoscale visualization technique that revealed, for the first time, how lithium-ion particles charge and discharge in real time (as simulated here). Bazant image


    Multi-university effort  will advance materials, transform mobility 

    With support from the Toyota  Research Institute, eight MIT  researchers will focus on  design principles for next-generation energy storage. 

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    There are many thousands of combinations of materials and interfaces that we can create__ says MIT associate professor Geoffrey Beach.


    Geoffrey Beach: Drawn to explore magnetism

    Associate Professor of  Materials Science and Engineering works on the  magnetic memory of the future. 

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    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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