Machine-learning tool could help develop tougher materials

Engineers develop a rapid screening system to test fracture resistance in billions of potential materials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence research school-of-engineering biomaterials civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering

Working out makes hydrogels perform more like muscle

Mechanical “training” produces strong, fatigue-resistant, yet soft hydrogels with possible uses in medicine.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent • mit
April 22, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: medicine research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering biomaterials bioinspiration

Spider silk could be used as robotic muscle

Unusual property of the ultrastrong material could be harnessed for twisting or pulling motions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 1, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: research school-of-engineering biomaterials civil-and-environmental-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih materials-science-and-engineering bioinspiration

Researchers decode molecule that gives living tissues their flexibility | MIT News

Study reveals atomic structure of tropoelastin, showing what goes wrong in some diseases.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 25, 2018 ~8 min

Tags:  chemistry  biology  research  proteins  school-of-engineering  national-science-foundation-nsf  biomaterials  civil-and-environmental-engineering  national-institutes-of-health-nih

How to build better silk | MIT News

Reconstituted silk can be several times stronger than the natural fiber and made in different forms.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 9, 2017 ~6 min

Tags:  research  school-of-engineering  biomaterials  civil-and-environmental-engineering  national-institutes-of-health-nih  materials-science-and-engineering

A living, breathing textile aims to enhance athletic performance | MIT News

Researchers in the Media Lab's bioLogic group have created a new form of performance fabric that combines biomaterials research with textile design.

Sharon Lacey | Arts at MIT • mit
Feb. 16, 2016 ~6 min

Tags:  bacteria  arts  athletics  design  media-lab  biomaterials  chemical-engineering

Armor plating with built-in transparent ceramic eyes | MIT News

Tiny sea creatures feature transparent optical systems as tough as their shells.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 19, 2015 ~6 min

Tags:  materials-science  research  school-of-engineering  national-science-foundation-nsf  biomaterials  nanoscience-and-nanotechnology  materials-science-and-engineering  department-of-energy-doe  biomimetics

Paula Hammond named head of Department of Chemical Engineering | MIT News

An MIT faculty member since 1995, Hammond succeeds Klavs Jensen as ChemE department head.

News Office • mit
July 13, 2015 ~3 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  teaching  women  school-of-engineering  diversity-and-inclusion  faculty  biomaterials  nanoscience-and-nanotechnology  koch-institute  chemical-engineering  academics  administration  diversity

Tough biogel structures produced by 3-D printing | MIT News

Stretchable, biocompatible hydrogels with complex patterning could be used in tissue engineering.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 1, 2015 ~6 min

Tags:  3-d-printing  tissue-engineering  research  mechanical-engineering  school-of-engineering  national-science-foundation-nsf  biomaterials  civil-and-environmental-engineering  national-institutes-of-health-nih

Spinning a new version of silk | MIT News

Simulations and experiments aim to improve on spiders in creating strong, resilient fibers.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
May 28, 2015 ~7 min

Tags:  research  school-of-engineering  national-science-foundation-nsf  biomaterials  civil-and-environmental-engineering  national-institutes-of-health-nih  materials-science-and-engineering

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