Technique reveals how crystals form on surfaces

DNA-based self-assembling system sheds light on processes essential for semiconductors and nanotechnology.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
April 1, 2020 | mit

~5 mins

Tags: research dmse materials-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

Mesoamerican copper smelting technology aided colonial weaponry

Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 31, 2020 | mit

~7 mins

Tags: research materials-science-and-engineering social-sciences metals dmse school-of-engineering history latin-america mexico

Neural networks facilitate optimization in the search for new materials

Sorting through millions of possibilities, a search for battery materials delivered results in five weeks instead of 50 years.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
March 26, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: research machine-learning batteries metals chemical-engineering school-of-engineering artificial-intelligence materials-science-and-engineering department-of-energy-doe defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa

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
March 18, 2020 | mit

~9 mins

Tags: plasma-science-and-fusion-center materials-science-and-engineering research fusion alternative-energy renewable-energy energy industry physics department-of-energy-doe policy nuclear-science-and-engineering school-of-engineering school-of-science

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

Tags: materials-science-and-engineering dmse school-of-engineering research artificial-intelligence machine-learning department-of-energy-doe

Dancing electrons solve a longstanding puzzle in the oldest magnetic material

Physicists use extreme infrared laser pulses to reveal frozen electron waves in magnetite.

Sandi Miller | Department of Physics
March 11, 2020 | mit

~4 mins

Tags: physics school-of-science materials-science-and-engineering magnetism research

Novel method for easier scaling of quantum devices

System “recruits” defects that usually cause disruptions, using them to instead carry out quantum operations.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office
March 5, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: research computer-science-and-technology quantum-computing nuclear-science-and-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology sensors research-laboratory-of-electronics materials-science-and-engineering physics school-of-engineering

Probing microscopic wiggles in squishy materials

Technique could help improve design of soft materials to withstand jostling during transport or settling due to gravity.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 3, 2020 | mit

~8 mins

Tags: materials-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering

Using light to put a twist on electrons

Method with polarized light can create and measure nonsymmetrical states in a layered material.

David Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 26, 2020 | mit

~6 mins

Tags: research physics materials-science-and-engineering school-of-science department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf

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