Solar-powered system extracts drinkable water from “dry” air

MIT engineers have made their initial design more practical, efficient, and scalable.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar water research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering j-wafs

Technique could enable cheaper fertilizer production

Chemical engineers take a step toward generating ammonia with small-scale, electrochemical reactors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy agriculture research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf developing-countries mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering j-wafs

Instrument may enable mail-in testing to detect heavy metals in water

Whisk-shaped device absorbs trace contaminants, preserves them in dry state that can be shipped to labs for analysis.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 25, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: health environment pollution water india research sensors mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering sloan-school-of-management national-science-foundation-nsf tata-center j-wafs

Making real a biotechnology dream: nitrogen-fixing cereal crops

Voigt Lab's work could eventually replace cereal crops’ need for nitrogen from chemical fertilizers.

Lisa Miller | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
Jan. 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: bacteria water plants genetic-engineering research school-of-engineering biological-engineering j-wafs

J-WAFS zeroes in on food security as agricultural impacts of the climate crisis become more apparent

The Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab presents a new report on climate, agriculture, water, and food security — with plans for more research.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
Oct. 30, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change agriculture food water research j-wafs

Students present mechanical engineering projects that have global impact

At the sixth annual Mechanical Engineering Research Exhibition, graduate students and postdocs sharpen their communication and presentation skills.

Mary Beth Gallagher | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
Oct. 29, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: education teaching agriculture graduate research invention community students mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering alumniae special-events-and-guest-speakers biological-engineering academics desalination postdoctoral j-wafs

MIT spinout seeks to transform food safety testing

An affordable, easy-to-use handheld sensor, soon to enter the market, can indicate the presence of bacterial contaminants in food in seconds.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
April 9, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry sustainability bacteria startups agriculture food supply-chains research invention mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie technology-and-society collaboration biological-engineering j-wafs

Turning desalination waste into a useful resource

Process developed at MIT could turn concentrated brine into useful chemicals, making desalination more efficient.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 13, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability energy water research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering chemical-engineering desalination efficiency j-wafs

Local rocks can yield more crops

J-WAFS-funded MIT research team shows a new method of fertilizer production can better suit the needs of farms in Africa and around the globe.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
Feb. 12, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: africa sustainability climate-change environment pollution agriculture food water research school-of-engineering technology-and-society developing-countries materials-science-and-engineering dmse j-wafs

Sun-soaking device turns water into superheated steam

High-temperature steam might be used in remote regions to cook, clean, or sterilize medical equipment.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 11, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: sustainability energy solar water research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering department-of-energy-doe desalination j-wafs

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