New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance

Novel class of “ionic liquids” may store more energy than conventional electrolytes — with less risk of catching fire.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering energy-storage renewable-energy batteries mit-energy-initiative

Guided by AI, robotic platform automates molecule manufacture

New system could free bench chemists from time-consuming tasks, may help inspire new molecules.

Becky Ham | MIT News correspondent | Aug. 8, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research chemistry chemical-engineering school-of-science school-of-engineering drug-development artificial-intelligence pharmaceuticals defense-advanced-research-projects-agency-darpa


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 | Aug. 1, 2019 | mit
~14 mins   

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

Confining cell-killing treatments to tumors

Attaching a Velcro-like molecule may prevent immune proteins called cytokines from leaking out of cancerous tissue after injection.

Helen Knight | MIT News correspondent | June 26, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research cancer koch-institute biological-engineering chemical-engineering school-of-engineering medicine

A better way to encapsulate islet cells for diabetes treatment

Crystallized drug prevents immune system rejection of transplanted pancreatic islet cells.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | June 24, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering koch-institute institute-of-medical-engineering-and-science-imes school-of-engineering national-institutes-of-health-nih health-sciences-and-technology diabetes medicine

“Nanoemulsion” gels offer new way to deliver drugs through the skin

Novel materials made with FDA-approved components could deliver large payloads of active ingredients.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office | June 21, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering chemistry drug-delivery pharmaceuticals medicine

Getting the oil out of water

New technique makes it possible to image the fouling of membranes in 3-D, could lead to better antifouling materials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | June 9, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

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

From micro to macro

Insights on the formation of particle networks hold potential for engineering new and improved materials.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Chemical Engineering | May 21, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: chemical-engineering school-of-engineering computer-modeling composite-materials concrete research materials-science-and-engineering national-science-foundation-nsf

New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency

A slippery surface for liquids with very low surface tension promotes droplet formation, facilitating heat transfer.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | May 15, 2019 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research nanoscience-and-nanotechnology mechanical-engineering chemical-engineering manufacturing school-of-engineering surface-engineering department-of-energy-doe mit-energy-initiative

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