To engineers’ surprise, radiation can slow corrosion of some materials

In certain alloys, exposure to proton irradiation can extend the material’s lifetime, study finds.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 9, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe nuclear-power-and-reactors

Newly observed phenomenon could lead to new quantum devices

Exotic states called Kohn anomalies could offer clues to why some materials have the electronic properties they do.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 12, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics electronics quantum-mechanics research school-of-engineering school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

Researchers map tiny twists in “magic-angle” graphene

Results could help designers engineer high-temperature superconductors and quantum computing devices.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
May 7, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics graphene electronics carbon research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf department-of-energy-doe 2-d

Nanosensor can alert a smartphone when plants are stressed

Carbon nanotubes embedded in leaves detect chemical signals that are produced when a plant is damaged.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
April 15, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: carbon plants research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology chemical-engineering department-of-energy-doe singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

First sighting of mysterious Majorana fermion on a common metal

Physicists’ discovery could lead to a new family of robust qubits for quantum computing.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics quantum-computing research school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology department-of-energy-doe

Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials

Sorting through millions of possibilities, a search for battery materials delivered results in five weeks instead of 50 years.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence research metals batteries school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering chemical-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

Fusion researchers endorse push for pilot power plant in US

Fusion energy community makes unified statement on priorities in report for Department of Energy Policy Advisory Group.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
March 18, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: physics energy industry policy research renewable-energy school-of-engineering school-of-science materials-science-and-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe alternative-energy plasma-science-and-fusion-center fusion

Deep learning for mechanical property evaluation

New technique allows for more precise measurements of deformation characteristics using nanoindentation tools.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence research school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse department-of-energy-doe

How plants protect themselves from sun damage

Study reveals a mechanism that plants can use to dissipate excess sunlight as heat.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
March 10, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry agriculture food plants research school-of-science department-of-energy-doe

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