A new approach to making airplane parts, minus the massive infrastructure

Carbon nanotube film produces aerospace-grade composites with no need for huge ovens or autoclaves.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Jan. 13, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering carbon-nanotubes manufacturing materials-science-and-engineering research school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

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   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering research faculty dmse chemistry nanoscience-and-nanotechnology renewable-energy water

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   

Tags: materials-research-laboratory materials-science-and-engineering hydrogels metals dmse research bioinspiration school-of-engineering

Taking the carbon out of construction with engineered wood

Substituting lumber for materials such as cement and steel could cut building emissions and costs.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change | Dec. 11, 2019 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: research climate-change greenhouse-gases emissions climate environment energy economics policy carbon-dioxide building sustainability materials-science-and-engineering cement joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

New treatment could ease the passage of kidney stones

Muscle relaxants delivered to the ureter can reduce contractions that cause pain when passing a stone.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | Dec. 2, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research materials-science-and-engineering dmse koch-institute school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-science-and-technology medicine

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

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