Why shaving dulls even the sharpest of razors

Human hair is 50 times softer than steel, yet it can chip away a razor’s edge, a new study shows.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Aug. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: imaging research metals school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse

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 • mit
March 31, 2020 ~7 min

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

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 • mit
March 26, 2020 ~8 min

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

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 • mit
Dec. 23, 2019 ~4 min

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

MIT researchers realize “ideal” kagome metal electronic structure

Newly synthesized compound of iron and tin atoms in 1-to-1 ratio displays unique behavior.

Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Dec. 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: physics electronics spintronics quantum-mechanics research metals school-of-science materials-research-laboratory magnetism

Finding novel materials for practical devices

MIT researchers use a new machine learning technique to rapidly evaluate new transition metal compounds to identify those that can perform specialized functions.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Aug. 1, 2019 ~14 min

Tags: machine-learning artificial-intelligence research metals school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering

Ultra-Quantum Matter research gets $8 million boost

MIT’s Senthil Todadri and Xiao-Gang Wen will study highly entangled quantum matter in a collaboration supported by the Simons Foundation.

Julia C. Keller | School of Science • mit
May 29, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: physics funding quantum-computing research metals school-of-engineering school-of-science alumniae collaboration laboratory-for-nuclear-science materials-science-and-engineering center-for-theoretical-physics

Observing hydrogen’s effects in metal

Microscopy technique could help researchers design safer reactor vessels or hydrogen storage tanks.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 4, 2019 ~7 min

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

Surprising electronic disorder in a copper oxide-based ceramic

MIT researchers use resonant X-ray scattering measurements to reveal unexpected “Wigner glass” in desirable superconducting material.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory • mit
Jan. 28, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: physics superconductors research metals school-of-science materials-science-and-engineering materials-research-laboratory

Improving materials from the nanoscale up

At the Materials Day Symposium, researchers focus on tools that probe atomic structures in action to yield better designs for metals, solar cells, and polymers.

Denis Paiste • mit
Nov. 8, 2018 ~16 min

Tags: research metals school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs special-events-and-guest-speakers nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering dmse materials-research-laboratory

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