Newsletter, February 2017

    MIT Materials News that Matters
    February, 2017
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    Iodine may protect batteries
    MIT, CMU researchers explore "self-healing" batteries with new metal-halide solid electrolyte material.

    MIT Prof. of Materials Science & Engineering Yet-Ming Chiang, left, is working with senior MIT Harry Thaman and postdoc Linsen Li to study a new kind of electrolyte for self-healing lithium battery cells, which will be formed by adding iodine. Courtesy
    Researchers at MIT and Carnegie Mellon University are studying a new kind of electrolyte for "self-healing" lithium battery cells, which will be formed by adding a halide element such as iodine, under a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Efficiency and Renewable Energy. 

    The work could lead to longer driving range, lower cost electric vehicle batteries.
    Roadmapping integrated photonics
    Spring 2017 meeting at MIT will bring together educators, students and manufacturing representatives to develop strategies. 
    AIM Photonics Institute logo.
    AIM Photonics Institute, the MIT Microphotonics Center and iNEMI co-host the Spring meeting on the Integrated Photonics System Roadmap [IPSR], Tuesday through Thursday, March 28-30, 2017, at MIT. 
    "Now is an exciting time for the technology transition from integrated electronics to integrated photonics. Winners and losers will be sorted out. Gaps in the technology supply chain exist in the systems that will benefit most from integrated photonics," notes Prof. Lionel Kimerling, Executive Director of AIM Photonics Academy.
    In Other News
    Founded at the MIT Sloan School of Management_ Sistine Solar creates custom solar panels designed to mimic home facades and other environments_ as well as display custom designs_ with aims of enticing more homeowners to install photovoltaic systems.  Custom designs give  solar panels a facelift 
    Founded at the MIT Sloan  School of Management,  Sistine Solar creates  custom solar panels  to  mimic home facades and 
     other environments.
    Researchers from MIT's Microsystems Technologies Laboratories (MTL) have designed a new power converter that maintains its efficiency at currents ranging from 100 picoamps to 1 milliamp, a span that encompasses a millionfold increase in current levels.
     Able power converter  for Internet of Things  
     MTL team presents new  power converter that  stays efficient at currents  from 500 picoamps to 1  milliamp, at international  conference.

    [Left to right] Ashley Morishige, Tonio Buonassisi, and Mallory Jensen of the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering have identified defects that may be causing a promising type of high-efficiency silicon solar cell to generate decreasing energy. Advanced silicon
     solar cells

    MIT Photovoltaics  Research Laboratory  teams are working to  increase solar power at  least 50 times by 2030.

    Using specialized equipment, the MIT team did tests in which they used a pyramidal-tipped probe to indent the surface of a piece of the sulfide-based material. Surrounding the resulting indentation (center), cracks were seen forming in the material.  Toward all-solid lithium  batteries
    For the first time, a team  at MIT has probed the  mechanical properties of a  sulfide-based solid  electrolyte material.
    MIT Assistant Professors of Physics Nikta Fakhri [left] and Kerstin Perez are among the 126 American and Canadian researchers awarded 2017 Sloan Research Fellowships, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced Feb. 21, 2017.
     Fakhri, Perez win 2017  Sloan Fellowships 
     Faculty from four MIT  departments among 126  Alfred P. Sloan Foundation  selects from across U.S.  and Canada.
    Graduate student Seongjun Park holds an example of a new flexible fiber, which is no bigger than a human hair and has successfully delivered a combination of optical, electrical, and chemical signals back and forth into the brain. Photo, Young Gyu Yoon Tiny fibers open new  windows into the brain

    A single flexible fiber has  successfully carried  optical, electrical, and  chemical signals to and  from the brain.

    Upcoming Events  
    MTL Seminar Series: "Beautiful Ideas: AI, Quantum Computing and the Power of (non)Consensus,"
    Dr. Dario Gil, Vice President, Science and Solutions, IBM Research, MIT 34-40112-1pm, Wed., March 1, 2017.
    Seminar: "Data-Driven Learning in Power Distribution Networks," Prof. Ram Rajagopal, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Stanford Univ., MIT 1-131, 4-5pm, Wed., March 1, 2017. 
    Physics Colloquium: "Topological Superconductors and Majorana Fermions," Asst. Prof. Liang Fu, MIT 10-2504-5pm, Thurs., March 2, 2017. Refreshments at 3:30pm in 4-349 [Pappalardo Community Room].

    CIQM Seminar: "Topologically Protected Qubits," Prof. Amir Yacoby, 209 Pierce Hall, 29 Oxford St., Harvard, 4-5pm, Thurs., March 2, 2017.
    MIT Energy Conference, "Balance of Power: Enabling the Next Energy Paradigm," Boston Marriott Cambridge, Fri.-Sat., March 3-4.
    Physics Colloquium: "Synthetic Biology: Physical Biology by Design," Prof. of Medical Engineering and Science James J. Collins, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard, The Wyss Institute, MIT 10-250, 4-5pm, Thurs., March 16, 2017. Refreshments will precede talk at 3:30pm in 4-349.
    Special Chez Pierre Seminar: Jinfeng Jia, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, "Observation of Majorana fermions in the vortex on topological insulator-superconductor heterostructure Bi2Te3/NbSe2" 12 pm, MIT 4-331, Tues., March 21, 2017.
    Physical Chemistry Seminar: Seminar Series: "Single-Molecule Spectroscopy with Catalysts, Conductive Polymers, and Optical Microresonators," Prof. Randall Goldsmith, University of Wisconsin-Madison, MIT 6-120, Time: 4:30-6pm, Tues., March 21, 2017.

    MTL Seminar Series: "How to go from a promising MEMS R&D technology to a game changing product," Steve Lloyd, VP of Engineering, Invensense, MIT 34-401, 12-1pm, Wed., March 22, 2017.
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