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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