Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors.

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

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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

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Understanding how fluids heat or cool surfaces

Textbook formulas for describing heat flow characteristics, crucial in many industries, are oversimplified, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: energy heat research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering fluid-dynamics

Newly discovered enzyme “square dance” helps generate DNA building blocks

MIT biochemists can trap and visualize an enzyme as it becomes active — an important development that may aid in future drug development.

Raleigh McElvery | Department of Biology • mit
March 30, 2020 ~5 min

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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

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3 Questions: Emre Gençer on the evolving role of hydrogen in the energy system

With support from renewable energy sources, the MIT research scientist says, we can consider hydrogen fuel as a tool for decarbonization.

Nafisa Syed | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
March 5, 2020 ~8 min

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