Newsletter, November 2016 Featured

    MIT Materials News that Matters
    November, 2016
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    Agitating the aluminum pot
    MIT researchers demonstrate that strong churning during hot liquid state can produce stronger, more uniformly structured large aluminum casts.

     Comparison of solidified cross-sections from direct-chill cast aluminum ingots made using  using the conventional method _top_ and new jet metal process. Images courtesy of the researchers.
    Comparison of solidified cross-sections from direct-chill cast aluminum ingots made using the conventional method [top] and new jet metal process. Images courtesy of the researchers.
    Industrial aluminum slabs are typically produced by blending small amounts of copper or manganese in a reservoir of molten aluminum that is rapidly cooled, a process known as direct-chill casting. Variations in the way these elements solidify can yield uneven results that weaken the final product, with castings sometimes ending on the scrap heap. Controlling the distribution of strengthening elements to aluminum throughout a casting is thus key to reducing waste and improving product reliability.

    Over the past three years, MIT Assistant Professor of Metallurgy Antoine Allanore and his student Samuel R. Wagstaff [PhD '16] developed a new process that uses a turbulent jet to reduce this uneven distribution in aluminum alloy structures by 20 percent. This work was in collaboration with global aluminum processor Novelis. The researchers were able to pinpoint a single number - the "macrosegregation index" - that quantifies the difference between the ideal chemical makeup and the actual chemical makeup at specific points in the solidification process.

    Commercializing integrated photonics
    Technical groups, educators tackle plans for manufacturing computer chips with integrated optical devices and developing a regional workforce at AIM Photonics fall meeting. 
    Sanjay Patel_ of Intel_ answers a question. Photo_ Maria E. Aglietti_ Materials Processing CenterSanjay Pai, Intel Corp.'s Supply Chain Integration Manager, [left] answers a question on his keynote talk, "Building a Silicon Photonics Supply Chain." Session chair Thomas L. Koch, Dean of the College of Optical Sciences at the University of Arizona, is at right. Photo, Maria E. Aglietti
    Leaders from industry, state government, and higher education focused on the best ways to create a robust, integrated-photonics manufacturing corridor along Interstate 90 from Boston to Rochester, N.Y., on the final day of the AIM Photonics fall meeting held at MIT Oct. 31 through Nov. 2, 2016."The meeting's presenters showed that Massachusetts has strong capability in integrated photonics today, and that community colleges, manufacturing extension partnership [MEP] programs, and small and medium enterprises can provide robust support to achieve the I-90 corridor for excellence in integrated photonics," says Julie Diop, program manager for AIM Photonics Academy at MIT. Integrated photonic systems use light pulses [photons], as well as electrical signals, to process and communicate data within the same integrated circuit.

    In Other News
    A silver-based catalyst material with a porous honeycomb-like structure, developed by the MIT team, can selectively transform carbon dioxide (CO2) to carbon monoxide (CO). Image, Christine Daniloff, MIT  Turning greenhouse gas  into gasoline 

    New catalyst provides design principles for producing fuels from carbon dioxide emissions.

    Spray tuning 
     New method determines  distribution of droplet  sizes for wide range of  sticky fluids.
    Institute Professor Millie Dresselhaus accepts the UNESCO Medal from UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at the awards ceremony on Oct. 11 in Paris, France. Photo, I. Marin, UNESCO  UNESCO awards MIT  a medal for nanoscience
    Institute Professor Millie Dresselhaus accepts honor in Paris for the Institute.

    Upcoming Events 

    Materials Science & Engineering Seminar, Prof. David Pine, Silver Professor & Chair, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Tandon School of Engineering, and Professor of Physics, NYU College of Arts & Science, MIT Chipman Room, 6-104, 4-5 p.m.Thurs., Dec. 1, 2016.

    Modern Optics and Spectroscopy Seminar: Graduate student Poorya Hosseini, MIT, "Developing Cellular Biophysical Markers for Blood Disorders with Interferometric Microscopy," 34-401, 12-1 p.m., Tues., Dec. 6, 2016. 

    MITei Seminar, Prof.
    Eric McFarland, Univ. of Calif., Santa Barbara, "Plan B: Fossil fuels without CO2," 32-155, 5:30-7 p.m., Tues., Dec. 6, 2016. Open to the general public is invited, but Registration is required.   

    2016 MIT Consumer Dynamics Conference, Media Lab, Bldg. E14,  8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wed., 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 7-8, 2016.

    DMSE Special Seminar [MIT only]: Assoc. Prof. Greg Fiete, Univ. of Texas at Austin, "Materials platforms for dissipationless electrical current flow," 4-5 p.m., MIT Chipman Room, 6-104, Wed., Dec. 7, 2016.

    Materials Science & Engineering Seminar, Prof. Anthony Rollett, Materials Science & Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University, "3D Characterization of Additively Manufactured Metals, including Synchroton-based X-Rays" MIT Chipman Room, 6-104, 4-5 p.m. Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016.

    Physics Colloquium, Prof. Sean Carroll, Caltech,"Extracting the Universe from the Wave Function"  10-250, 4-5 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 8, 2016.
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    MIT only]: Frances M. Ross, IBM T. J. Watson Research Center, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.,  "Visualizing liquid and gas phase reactions using in situ transmission electron microscopy," MIT Chipman Room, 6-104, 4-5 p.m., Mon., Dec. 12, 2016.

    Program in Polymers and Soft Matter Seminar, Prof. Ryan C. Hayward, Univ. of Mass., Amherst, "Tuning domain connectivity in multi-component polymer-based materials,"56-114, 3:30-4:45 p.m.. Wed., Dec. 14, 2016.
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