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
March 16, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

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A material’s insulating properties can be tuned at will

Most materials have a fixed ability to conduct heat, but applying voltage to this thin film changes its thermal properties drastically.

David Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 24, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

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Mirrored chip could enable handheld dark-field microscopes

Simple chip powered by quantum dots allows standard microscopes to visualize difficult-to-image biological organisms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Feb. 24, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

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Engineers mix and match materials to make new stretchy electronics

Next-generation devices made with new “peel and stack” method may include electronic chips worn on the skin.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Feb. 5, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

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New electrode design may lead to more powerful batteries

An MIT team has devised a lithium metal anode that could improve the longevity and energy density of future batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 3, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

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A new facet for germanium

MIT researchers grow perfectly shaped germanium tunnels on silicon oxide with controllable length.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory
Jan. 31, 2020 | mit

~10 mins   

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Researchers discover a new way to control infrared light

The new method could impact devices used in imaging, machine learning, and more.

Anne McGovern | Lincoln Laboratory
Jan. 30, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

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Julia Ortony: Concocting nanomaterials for energy and environmental applications

The MIT assistant professor is entranced by the beauty she finds pursuing chemistry.

Leda Zimmerman | MIT Energy Initiative
Jan. 9, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

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Widening metal tolerance for hydrogels

MIT graduate student Seth Cazzell shows controlling pH enables reversible hydrogel formation in wider range of metal concentrations.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory
Dec. 23, 2019 | mit

~4 mins   

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