A controllable membrane to pull carbon dioxide out of exhaust streams

Electrically switchable system could continuously separate gases without the need for moving parts or wasted space.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy environment carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research school-of-engineering mit-energy-initiative-mitei chemical-engineering

Does ride-sharing substitute for or complement public transit?

In the Chinese city of Chengdu, one-third of ride-sharing might replace public transit trips.

Gavin Choo | Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology • mit
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: cities sustainability pollution development research transportation automobiles school-of-architecture-and-planning urban-studies-and-planning singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart

Chemists make tough plastics recyclable

New method for producing thermoset plastics allows them to be broken down more easily after use.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: chemistry sustainability recycling research polymers school-of-science national-science-foundation-nsf national-institutes-of-health-nih materials-science-and-engineering

Covid-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output

As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar covid-19 pollution pandemic policy india research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering technology-and-society photovoltaics

A new approach to carbon capture

Researchers design an effective treatment for both exhaust and ambient air.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 9, 2020 ~15 min

Tags: sustainability energy environment climate pollution startups carbon greenhouse-gases emissions research carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering innovation-and-entrepreneurship-ie alumniae mit-energy-initiative chemical-engineering

From delayed deceleration to Zooming

Jacqueline Thomas PhD ’20 recounts her final academic year at MIT, from once-in-a-lifetime field work to a virtual thesis defense.

Sara Cody | Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics • mit
June 14, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: sustainability aircraft covid-19 pandemic data graduate profile research aviation students school-of-engineering alumniae aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering computer-modeling postdoctoral air-traffic

Stiffer roadways could improve truck fuel efficiency

Study finds simple changes in road resurfacing practices could improve gas mileage for heavy vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 11, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: sustainability greenhouse-gases infrastructure emissions research transportation automobiles carbon-nanotubes school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology concrete concrete-sustainability-hub

Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors.

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy funding research school-of-engineering civil-and-environmental-engineering nuclear-science-and-engineering nuclear-power-and-reactors

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