Newsletter, June 2017

    MIT Materials News that Matters
    June 2017
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    Materials Day

    Symposium and Poster Session
    October 11, 2017
    Kresge Auditorium
    Save the Date! 

    A new way of extracting copper

    Allanore lab develops electrically-driven process to separate commercially important metals from sulfide minerals in one step without harmful byproducts.

    MIT researchers identified the proper temperature and chemicalMIT postdoc Sulata K. Sahu [left] and graduate student Brian Chmielowiec hold a sample of nearly pure copper deposited on an iron electrode after extraction through chemical electrolysis. mixture to selectively separate pure copper and other metallic trace elements from sulfur-based minerals using molten electrolysis.Working under Antoine Allanore, who becomes Associate Professor of Metallurgy as of July 1, Postdoc Sulata K. Sahu and graduate student Brian J. Chmielowiec [SB, '12] decomposed sulfur-rich minerals into pure sulfur and extracted three different metals at very high purity - copper, molybdenum and rhenium.   Read more
    Summer interns' work underway
    MPC-CMSE Summer Scholars tackling projects from magnetic thin films to catalysts for energy. 

    Chemical engineering postdoc Antoni Forner Cuenca [far right] explains work in the Brushett Lab on advanced flow batteries for grid-level energy storage.

    Summer Scholars co-sponsored by the Materials Processing Center and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering recently settled on their research projects and lab assignments. Luke Soule found all the possible projects interesting but honed in on electrochemistry, choosing to work in the Prof. Yang Shao-Horn's Electrochemical Energy Lab.

    In photo at right, chemical engineering postdoc Antoni Forner-Cuenca [far right] explains work in the Brushett Lab on advanced flow batteries for grid-level energy storage. 

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    2016 Summer Scholars win admission to top grad schools

    2016 Summer Scholars win admission to top grad schools, clockwise from top left, Justin Cheng, Alexandra Barth, Grant Smith, Ashley Kaiser. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, chemical engineering major Ashley L. Kaiser will return to MIT this coming fall as a graduate student in materials science and engineering. She will join Professor Brian Wardle's research group.

    Other 2016 Summer Scholars will go on to California Institute of Technology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities and the University of Chicago.

    In photo at right, are, clockwise from top left, Justin Cheng, Alexandra Barth, Grant Smith and Kaiser.  Read more.

    In Other News

    Anantha P. Chandrakasan.  Photo, Patsy SampsonChandrakasan named  engineering dean

     Succeeds Ian A. Waitz, the    Jerome C. Hunsaker Professor  of Aeronautics and  Astronautics, effective July  1. 
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    A discussion featured some of the speakers from the day-long SENSE.nano conference. Photo, Michael D. SpencerNew center will advance  sensing technology

     A new "center of excellence"  called SENSE.nano, is  dedicated in anticipation of the  the new MIT.nano building.

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    Marty Ellis, of Inman Mills in South Carolina, checks a machine manufacturing fabric developed through AFFOA. Credits Courtesy of the AFFOA
     AFFOA launches  smart fabrics facility 

      Advanced Functional Fabrics of  America aims to facilitate  economic growth through U.S.  fiber and fabric manufacturing.

      Read more.

    Upcoming Events   

    2017 AIM Photonics Summer Academy, Fundamentals of Integrated Photonics: Principles, Practice and Applications, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., July 24-28, 2017. Registration deadline Fri., June 30, 2017.

    Advanced Functional Fabrics for Challenging Environments Hackathon, MIT Media Lab, Bldg. E14, July 28-30. Free but registration required.

    MADMEC semifinals, MIT Bldg. 4-270, 5-6pm, Thurs., Aug. 24, 2017.

    Tata Center Symposium 2017, MIT Bldg. E52, 8am-6pm, Wed., and 8am-5pm, Thurs., Sept. 13-14, 2017. Open to MIT only.

    MIT Industrial Liaison Program Innovations in Management, MIT Media Lab, Bldg. E14, 8am- 7pm, Wed., Sept. 27, and 8:30am-1:25pm, Thurs., Sept. 28, 2017.

    Materials Day Symposium and Poster Session, Kresge Auditorium, MIT Building W16, Oct.11, 2017. SAVE THE DATE.

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