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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Collaboration runs through J-WAFS-funded projects

Researchers from across MIT showcase J-WAFS-funded projects tackling critical water and food systems challenges from solutions-oriented perspectives.

Andi Sutton | Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab • mit
Oct. 16, 2018 ~7 min

Tags: school-of-science chemistry mechanical-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs water food agriculture climate-change chemical-engineering urban-studies-and-planning bioengineering-and-biotechnology grants research collaboration j-wafs

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