Newsletter, May 2016

    MIT Materials News that Matters
    May 2016
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    Stepping out of their comfort zone
    11 students will challenge themselves at MIT in the MPC-CMSE Summer Scholars program. 
     
    2016 MPC-CMSE Summer Scholars
    2016 MPC-CMSE Summer Scholars, [left to right], top row, Michael Concepción Santana, Justin Cheng, Erica Eggleton, Ashley Del Valle Morales, middle row, Suna Njie, Ashley Kaiser, Jennifer Coulter, bottom row, Michael Porter, Alexandra Barth, Victoria Yao, Grant Smith. 
     
    Undergraduate interns selected for this year's Summer Scholars program come from Montana to Florida and Puerto Rico and have a diverse set of scientific accomplishments and personal interests.
    "I'm excited to use this internship as an opportunity to step out of my comfort zone," says Justin Cheng, a Rutgers University junior majoring in materials science and engineering. 
    Florida State University junior Alexandra T. Barth received a black belt in karate (Okinawan Shuri-Ryu) when she was in high school.
    "MIT is very fortunate to have this very talented group of students with us, and the faculty all hope that one of them will work with their group," says Carl V. Thompson, director of the Materials Processing Center and Stavros Salapatas Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at MIT.  Read more  
     
    Italian master glassmaker finds design inspiration at MIT
    Lino Tagliapietra begins new series of large-scale abstract glass vessels during weeklong residency at MIT Glass Lab.
     
     
    Lino Tagliapietra gives a close look as he works on an early stage of a large vessel with an intricate pattern.
    Lino Tagliapietra gives a close look as he works on an early stage of a large vessel with an intricate pattern.
    Famed Italian glassmaker Lino Tagliapietra brought his team to the W. David Kingery Ceramics and Glass Lab, turning out intricately patterned projects, both large and small, some in sunset colors, shading from orange to rust, and one suggestive of a map of the world floating in a deep blue sea.
     
    "My goal is only experimental new things, new material; new colors are possible, new techniques, and different ways I try to do something," Tagliapietra says. 
     
    "He's working on a series of pieces that he just started here at MIT that he's calling the Windows of Frank Gehry, based on what he saw at the Stata Center ... He really admires that building," explains MIT Glass Lab Director Peter Houk. Read more
    MIT Campaign for a Better World
    Comprehensive fundraising initiative aims to raise $5 billion to advance the Institute's work on some of the world's biggest challenges.  
     
    MIT President L. Rafael Reif announced May 6, 2016, the official launch of the MIT Campaign for a Better World, a comprehensive fundraising initiative.
    MIT President L. Rafael Reif announced May 6 the official launch of the MIT Campaign for a Better World, a comprehensive fundraising initiative that will amplify the Institute's distinctive strength in education, research, and innovation, and will advance MIT's work on some of the world's biggest challenges.
     
    "Humanity faces urgent challenges - challenges whose solutions depend on marrying advanced technical and scientific capabilities with a deep understanding of the world's political, cultural, and economic complexities," Reif said. "We launch the Campaign for a Better World to rise to those challenges and accelerate positive change."
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    In Other News
    A sample of the mineral perovskite is shown in the foreground, while behind it is an image the researchers used to prove the effects of intense light on a thin film of perovskite. Image, MIT News
    A new concept for a flow battery functions like an old hourglass or egg timer, with particles (in this case carried as a slurry) flowing through a narrow opening from one tank to another. The flow can then be reversed by turning the device over.
    Maria Zuber, vice president for research at MIT, is the new chair of the National Science Board. Photo, Bryce Vickmark
    Light can "heal" defects in some solar cells

    A team of researchers at MIT and elsewhere say they have made significant inroads toward understanding a process for improving perovskites' performance.
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    Turning battery technology upside-down

    A new concept for a flow battery functions like an old hourglass or egg timer, with a slurry of particles flowing through a narrow opening from one tank to another. The flow can then be reversed by turning over the device.
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    Maria Zuber chairs National Science Board

    During its May meeting, the NSB elected Maria Zuber, vice president for research at MIT, as its board chair. For the first time, women will hold both of the board's top leadership positions. 
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    MIT Materials Processing Center Senior Research Associate Jurgen Michel explores photonic materials for application in computer chips and solar cells.
    C. Cem Tasan, the Thomas B. King Career Development Professor of Metallurgy in the MIT Department of Materials Science and Engineering.  Photo, Lillie Paquette, School of Engineering
    An artist___s embellishment of an image of the _gain medium used to produce terahertz frequency combs. Colors indicate different distances traveled through the medium. Image_ Yan Liang_ L2Molecule
    Boosting power boost at the substrate

    MPC Senior Research Associate Jurgen Michel explores new materials to make more powerful and efficient computer chips and solar cells.
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    Metals aficionado


    New faculty member C. Cem Tasan explores the limitless options in designing new microstructures and unprecedented properties in metals.
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    Terahertz-based system could detect explosives

    A system using a quantum cascade laser that's the size of a computer chip can extract a material's spectroscopic signature in just 100  microseconds.
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    While all research in traditional photovoltaics faces the same underlying theoretical limitations_ MIT PhD student David Bierman says_ with solar thermal photovoltaics you have the possibility to exceed that. Courtesy of the researchers
    MIT has formally joined the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, a global partnership of governments, businesses, and civil society organizations.
    A simulation of the core-shell structure shows the arrangement of the different elements as they have separated themselves into two regions. Image courtesy of the researchers
    Hot new solar cell


    A team of MIT researchers has for the first time demonstrated a device based on a method that enables solar cells to break through a theoretically predicted ceiling on how much sunlight they can convert into electricity.
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    MIT joins carbon pricing leadership group

    Global partnership of governments, businesses, and civil society organizations works together to apply a price on carbon emissions, the predominant cause of climate change.
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    Nanoparticle catalysts could cut platinum needs 

    A new process from MIT yields nanoparticle catalysts that provide improved reactivity with much less platinum, reducing the need for the precious metal.
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