New tools could improve the way cement seals oil wells

Techniques for observing concrete as it sets could facilitate the development of new cements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 12, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering environment materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering sustainability oil-and-gas emissions

3 Questions: How to control biofilms in space

MIT and University of Colorado researchers are collaborating on an experiment to be sent to the International Space Station.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 1, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research microbes nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering surface-engineering nasa materials-science-and-engineering 3-questions faculty students graduate postdoctoral school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science

Scientists discover fractal patterns in a quantum material

The X-ray-focusing lens used in the experiment is based on a design used in lighthouses for centuries.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 16, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: materials-science-and-engineering magnets physics quantum-mechanics research school-of-science materials-research-laboratory national-science-foundation-nsf

Engineers put Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design to the test

Proposed bridge would have been the world’s longest at the time; new analysis shows it would have worked.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 9, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: civil-and-environmental-engineering materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering architecture history school-of-architecture-and-planning research 3-d-printing

A new mathematical approach to understanding zeolites

Study of minerals widely used in industrial processes could lead to discovery of new materials for catalysis and filtering.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Oct. 7, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering materials-research-laboratory industry research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology machine-learning energy-storage photonics mitnano artificial-intelligence dmse

Scientists observe a single quantum vibration under ordinary conditions

Studying a common material at room temperature, researchers bring quantum behavior “closer to our daily life.”

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 6, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: energy physics kavli-institute mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering quantum-computing research school-of-engineering

Oobleck’s weird behavior is now predictable

MIT engineers develop a model that predicts how the cornstarch-water mixture turns from liquid to solid, and back again.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Oct. 5, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: computer-modeling fluid-dynamics mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

SMART develops a way to commercially manufacture integrated silicon III-V chips

New method from MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore paves the way for improved optoelectronic and 5G devices.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart research materials-science-and-engineering computer-science-and-technology electronics wireless optoelectronics manufacturing dmse

3 Questions: How artificial intelligence is supercharging materials science

Associate Professor Juejun Hu shines a light on the impact machine learning and AI are having on materials science and engineering.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory | Oct. 3, 2019 | mit
~5 mins   

Tags: materials-research-laboratory materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering artificial-intelligence machine-learning research dmse 3-questions

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