Newsletter, October, 2012


    Materials News that Matters at MIT

    October 2012

    Faculty Spotlight
    Professor Donald R. Sadoway


    Named Time magazines 100 most influential people in the world.Read more


    His work on the liquid metal battery that promises to spur green technologies like solar and wind energy has drawn lots of attention over recent years, but MIT's John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, Donald Sadoway, has more than one research venture underway. Read more




    Campus Talk Leads to Insights

    Wait and see isn't a successful research and development strategy for CEOs, particularly in high-tech fields, MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry, said. Partnering with an institution like MIT can give businesses access to bold new ideas, cutting-edge research and future employees, he said.


    "Forward-looking CEOs say now is the time to invent our way out of this mess," Sadoway said. "Absolutely cut costs, let's be smart about how we spend, but we have to take action as well. Hope is not a strategy and patience and so on, nice virtues, but not actionable items."  Read more



    MIT researchers shed light on chemical expansion effect

    Tuller et alA team of MIT researchers, with collaborators in Ireland and Japan, demonstrated, through computer simulations, that the chemical expansion of a cerium oxide compound is tied to an increase in charge localization around positively charged cerium ions. Their paper, "Charge localization increases chemical expansion in cerium-based oxides," made the cover of the Sept. 21, 2012, edition of Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP).


    Biophysicist wins $1.5M new innovators award


    National Institutes of Health awarded a $1.5 million Director's New Innovator Award today to MIT Assistant Professor of Physics Jeff Gore to continue his groundbreaking work in studying population collapse.

    In the June issue of Science magazine, Gore and his team published a groundbreaking study on the collapse of yeast populations. Now they'll be able to build on what they've learned to study population collapse in more complex environments with the award for his proposal "Early warning indicators of tipping points in biological systems."

    "The idea is that biological systems, like many complex systems in nature, can shift suddenly in response to the changing environment," Gore, 34, said.


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    2012 Summer Scholars

    Summer Scholars 2012

    The Materials Processing Center and the Center for Materials Science and Engineering sponsor a Summer Research Internship Program through the NSF REU program.The program started in 1983, and has brought hundreds of the best science and engineering undergraduates in the country to MIT for graduate-level materials research. Read more

    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 entitites 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 US. We encourage interdisciplinary research collaborations and provide funds management assistance to faculty.

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