Energy-harvesting design aims to turn Wi-Fi signals into usable power

Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
March 27, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: research school-of-science physics wireless graphene materials-research-laboratory nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

New sensor could help prevent food waste

Monitoring the plant hormone ethylene could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
March 18, 2020 | mit

~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry carbon-nanotubes food agriculture school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf nanoscience-and-nanotechnology

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

Making a remarkable material even better

Aerogels for solar devices and windows are more transparent than glass.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative
Feb. 25, 2020 | mit

~17 mins   

Tags: mit-energy-initiative mechanical-engineering energy school-of-engineering tata-center research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering

A material’s insulating properties can be tuned at will

Most materials have a fixed ability to conduct heat, but applying voltage to this thin film changes its thermal properties drastically.

David Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 24, 2020 | mit

~8 mins   

Tags: mechanical-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering dmse materials-science-and-engineering research energy renewable-energy nanoscience-and-nanotechnology school-of-engineering

Mirrored chip could enable handheld dark-field microscopes

Simple chip powered by quantum dots allows standard microscopes to visualize difficult-to-image biological organisms.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office
Feb. 24, 2020 | mit

~9 mins   

Tags: imaging microscopy materials-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering quantum-dots bacteria biology microbes photonics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology research dmse school-of-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-nih

Correcting the “jitters” in quantum devices

A new study suggests a path to more efficient error correction, which may help make quantum computers and sensors more practical.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 18, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: students research graduate postdoctoral school-of-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering quantum-computing research-laboratory-of-electronics nanoscience-and-nanotechnology national-science-foundation-nsf

Bubble-capturing surface helps get rid of foam

Bubbly buildup can hinder many industrial processes, but a new method can reduce or even eliminate it.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office
Feb. 11, 2020 | mit

~6 mins   

Tags: research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering surface-engineering

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